POLLS -- UCLA is 26th on the new AP poll and 31st on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
UCLA has defeated its last two Top 10-ranked opponents – #2 USC last December and No. 10 (AP) California on Oct. 20.
TEAM NOTES —
In seven games, opponents have converted 30 of 112 (26.8%) third down opportunites and UCLA ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in that category.
UCLA has held its seven opponents to 557 net rushing yards on 226 attempts (2.46 average) and ranks eighth in the nation (79.57) in rushing defense.
UCLA has drawn 72,986 (BYU), 72,124 (Washington), 78,543 (Notre Dame) and 83,494 (California) in its first four home games. It is the first time since moving to the Rose Bowl that UCLA has opened the home schedule with four straight games of 70,000-plus crowds. The average of 76,787 is ahead of the school record of 73,709, set in 1998.
The crowd of 83,484 for California was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA is 21-1 when it scores at least 30 points (won 16 straight) in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row).
UCLA is 22-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California) in 2007. It is 12-21 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 1-2 (Utah, Washington, Notre Dame) in 2007.
In Pac-10 games only, UCLA ranks second in rushing offense (246.8), total offense (471.8) and scoring offense (39.8). Defensively, UCLA is second in total defense (321.2) and rushing defense (86.2), third in scoring defense (20.8) and fourth in passing defense (235.0).
UCLA's defense held California to 299 net yards. Cal entered the game averaging 434.7.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES —
True junior tailback KAHLIL BELL (#36) led the Bruins with 142 yards on 22 carries against California. He had a 64-yard run, the longest of his career, to set up UCLA's first touchdown.On the year, he leads the Bruins in rushing with 728 yards on 138 attempts (5.3 average) and a team-high four touchdowns. He is fourth in the Pac-10 and 31st nationally with his average of 104.00 yards per game. He is seventh in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (120.29 average). Bell also ranks third on the team with 13 receptions.
True senior wide receiver BRANDON BREAZELL (#1) made four receptions for 68 yards in the win over California. He also threw the first touchdown pass of his career, a 29-yard strike to Dominique Johnson to give the Bruins a 20-14 lead early in the third quarter.
He leads the Bruins with 31 receptions and 533 yards (17.2 average) and three touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards (76.1) and his average of 17.2 yards per catch ranks first in the league among players averaging at least two catches per game. He is also 11th (tied) in receptions (4.43) per game.
Breazell ranks 22nd on UCLA's career reception list with 78 catches. In addition, he ranks 20th in school history with 1,234 yards. Seven of his 11 career touchdown receptions have measured at least 23 yards -- 46, 23, 56, 35, 78, 69, 30 -- and he has also scored on kickoff returns of 42 and 45 yards.
Redshirt senior defensive end BRUCE DAVIS (#44) leads the team with 6.5 sacks and is T-11th in the NCAA and T-second in the Pac-10 (0.93). He also leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss (T-5th in Pac-10 at 1.07). He has also forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.
Davis has 23.5 career sacks, No. 5 (tied) on UCLA's all-time list.
Redshirt junior defensive end TOM BLAKE (#56) is first in the Pac-10 with three fumble recoveries in seven games (0.43).
In the win over California, senior linebacker CHRISTIAN TAYLOR (#33) tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (six solos), including three for loss. He also suffered a concussion on the play prior to Alterraun Verner's interception.
On the year, Taylor ranks fourth on the team with 42 tackles. He is also second on the squad and tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with 7.0 tackles for loss (1.0 average).
Redshirt senior CHRIS HORTON (#14) ranks second on the squad with 46 tackles and 25th in the Pac-10 (6.57 average).
TREY BROWN (#23), an outstanding shutdown corner who has been added to the Watch List for the Thorpe Award, is tied for the NCAA and Pac-10 lead with 1.86 passes defensed per game (10 breakups and three interceptions). He also leads UCLA and is tied for third in the Pac-10 with three interceptions and is fourth on the squad with his 41 tackles.
Redshirt senior free safety DENNIS KEYES (#11) tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (four solos), including one for loss in the win over California. He also made an interception and returned it 35 yards to seal the win.
On the year, Keyes leads the team with 54 tackles and is 13th in the Pac-10 (7.71 average). He is also tied for ninth in the Pac-10 (0.29) and second on the team with two interceptions.
In the win over California, true sophomore cornerback ALTERRAUN VERNER (#1) made six tackles (three solos), including two for loss. He also made two interceptions and broke up three other passes. His second interception came with UCLA leading 23-21 and California on the Bruin 30-yard line facing a third-and-five, Verner stepped in front of the pass attempt and returned it 76 yards for a score with 1:33 remaining to clinch the victory. That interception made him a nominee for the AT&T Player of the Week and the play was nominated as a Pontiac Game-Changing Moment.
The game-clinching interception was the third touchdown return of his career, tying the UCLA record held by Jerry Robinson (1975-88), Marcus Turner (1985-88) and Spencer Havner (2002-05).
On the year, Verner is third on the squad with 43 tackles and second with eight passes broken up. He is also tied for ninth in the Pac-10 (0.29) and second on the team with two interceptions.
Redshirt freshmanplace kicker KAI FORBATH (#15) has made 15 of 18 field goals and all 21 PATs for a team-high 66 points. He has made 15 of his last 16 field goal attempts, including 10 in a row. He ranks tied for second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in field goals (2.14), second in the Pac-10 in kick-scoring (9.43) and 19th (tied) in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.43). In the win over California, he made all three ofhis field goal attempts (32, 28, 27) and all three PATs for 12 points. His final field goal, from 27 yards with 3:06 left in the game, gave UCLA a 23-21 lead.
On the year, safety MATTHEW SLATER (#18) is averaging 26.95 yards on 21 kickoff returns (26th in the NCAA, third in the Pac-10). His average of 26.95 is the highest in school history among players with at least 21 kickoff returns in a season.
He also is tied for first in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (0.29).
UCLA IN THE 2007 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Kahlil Bell -- rushing: 31st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (104.00); all-purpose yards: 7th in Pac-10 (120.29); total offense: 11th in Pac-10 (104.00)
Chris Markey -- rushing: 11th in Pac-10 (68.00); total offense: 18th in Pac-10 (68.00)
Brandon Breazell -- receiving yards: 53rd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (76.14); receiving: T-11th in Pac-10 (4.43)
Aaron Perez -- punting: T-36th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (42.50)
Matthew Slater -- kickoff returns: 26th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (26.95); all-purpose yards: 18th in Pac-10 (89.86); fumbles forced: T-1st in Pac-10 (0.29)
Terrence Austin -- punt returns: 8th in Pac-10 (7.39)
Kai Forbath -- field goals: T-2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.14); scoring: T-19th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (9.43); kick scoring: 2nd in Pac-10 (9.43).
Bruce Davis -- sacks: T-11th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (0.93); tackles for loss: T-5th in Pac-10 (1.07)
Dennis Keyes -- tackles: 13th in Pac-10 (7.71); interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.29)
Chris Horton -- tackles: 25th in Pac-10 (6.57)
Kevin Brown -- sacks: T-19th in Pac-10 (0.43)
Tom Blake -- fumbles recovered: 1st in Pac-10 (0.43)
Trey Brown -- passes defensed: T-1st in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (1.86); interceptions: T-34th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.43)
Alterraun Verner -- tackles: T-32nd in Pac-10 (6.14); interceptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.29)
Rushing Offense: 33rd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (181.29)
Passing Offense: 72nd in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (215.57)
Pass Efficiency Offense: 86th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (116.74)
Total Offense: 56th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (396.86)
Scoring Offense: 54th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (28.29)
Rushing Defense: 8th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (79.57)
Pass Defense: 78th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (241.29)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 46th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (118.46)
Total Defense: 26th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (320.86)
Scoring Defense: 46th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (23.43)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (26.8%)
Red Zone Offense: 6th in Pac-10 (81.5)
Red Zone Defense: 4th in Pac-10 (77.3)
Net Punting: 27th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (37.36)
Turnover Margin: 8th in Pac-10 (-0.57)
Sacks: T-21st in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (2.86)
Tackles for Loss: 28th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (7.14)
Punt Returns: 8th in Pac-10 (6.65)
Kickoff Returns: 20th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (24.57)