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Some Game Themes
The Wildcats face their fifth ranked opponent and second top 10 squad... A confident, balanced group from Westwood with some glitter available down the road takes on a loose group with no stars in its eyes beyond the game at hand... Staring at both teams' stats reveals the simple truth: taking better care of the ball than the opponent wins games... If the Cats want another pick fest after six last week, the wrong guy's under center in the gold helmet. Senior Drew Olsen has been intercepted only three times in 257 throws, the fewest per attempt in the Pac-10... A team without its punter (UA's Danny Baugher) against the team national leader (28.4) and the top guy extant in punt returns (UCLA's Maurice Drew, 29.1 per)... The Cats might look for No. 19, Bruin tight end Marcedes Lewis, who scored nearly half (3) of his 2004 touchdowns against UA in Pasadena... Which Spencer (Larsen-UA or Havner-UCLA) will best anchor his defense at inside linebacker? Havner has all the numbers a fifth-year senior worthy of multiple accolades can have, while sophomore Larsen's a Pac-10 pup only poised to make a name for himself... Can UA handle Drew's rushing threat again? (11-22 rushing last year)...
The message from Mike Stoops had been stressed for weeks.
Quick Hits From
- True frosh Willie Tuitama (22-13-335, 2 TD) became the first UA QB to pass for over 300 yards in a game since Jason Johnson in 2002 (vs.
- UA passed for over 300 yards as a team for the first time since 2003 (at ASU, 339 yards)
- Michael Johnson’s TD on an interception return was the first pick-six for
- WR Bobby McCoy grabbed his first career reception in the fourth quarter.
- WR BJ Dennard returned a career-high five kicks for 95 yards in the win.
The Cats and The Bruins ?- The All-Time Series
UCLA owns a 18-9-2 lead in a series that dates back to 1927 ... The Bruins have won the last four contests to equal their longest winning streak ever against UA ... UCLA has a slight advantage in contests in Tucson, with a 8-7 record in the Old Pueblo and a 8-6 record in Arizona Stadium (UA won a game in 1927 at UA Field) ... 2005 will mark UCLA’s fifth trip to Tucson in the last seven years ... It usually take some scoring to win in the series as the victorious team is averaging 29.9 points a win. In fact, there has been only seven games in the 29-game series that has not seen both teams reach double digits on the scoreboard.
See You in November
The Bruins have dominated the UCLA-UA series, but if there's ever been a good time for UA to play the boys from Westwood it's been in November.
Drew Olsen threw a career-high four touchdowns and hooked up with TE Marcedes Lewis on three of them as UCLA defeated Arizona 37-17 in the Rose Bowl last season ... In addition to the Olsen-Lewis hook up, a season-high nine first-half penalties for 83 yards on Arizona helped the Bruin cause ... The final stat sheet showed a nearly even 351 yards of total offense for Arizona and 348 yards for UCLA ... Arizona had its most successful day running the ball in 2004, racking up 258 yards on the ground, but numerous dropped passes allowed for just 93 yards through the air ... Arizona limited the then-Pac-10 leading rusher Maurice Drew (167.3 yards per game at the time) to just 22 yards on 11 carries.
Noting the Bruins
The No.7-ranked Bruins (8-0, 5-0) head to Tucson on the heals of a two overtime 30-27 victory over Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend ... It was the second time this season that UCLA pulled out a win in extra frames (Oct. 15 at WSU) ... The Bruins can score in bunches averaging 42.6 points per game, fifth-best in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 to only top-ranked USC ... UCLA is 26th nationally in total offense with an average of 432 yards per game (156.75 rush/275.25 pass) ... RB Maurice Drew is a multi-threat talent out of the back field, in passing routes and on returns, and is fourth in the NCAA in all-purpose yards (184.3 yards per game) ... QB Drew Olsen has performed like a surgeon, carving up opposition secondaries en route to the fifth-best pass efficiency rating in the nation (165.3) ... TE Marcedes Lewis, UA’s nemesis from 2004, is the leading receiver averaging 4.6 catches and 59 yards per game ... On the other side of the ball, UCLA is giving up an average of 415 yards per game (88th nationally) ... The Bruins are surrendering an average of 212.4 yards on the ground and 202.6 yards through the air ... LB Spencer Havner has amassed 70 tackles in eight games, including 11 for a loss.
With UCLA riding high, the historical perspective favors the Bruins, holding a 6-3-1 edge as a ranked squad in the series.
Cutting Out the Mistakes
Arizona, which entered the Oregon State game averaging 7.8 penalties (mostly on offense) for 59.3 yards per game, saw the yellow flag fall against it just once for 15 yards (and it was on the defense) against the Beavers. Add on fewer dropped passes and only one sack allowed and the Wildcats were playing “in front of the chains” for much of the day in
Bend, Don't Break
It’s not a Mike Stoops defensive philosophy, but
Evening the Score
Arizona’s six interception day against Oregon State not only fell just one shy of the school record for a single game, but it helped the Wildcats pull nearly even with its opposition in the picks department for the year.
Third Down Blues
For the opposition, that is.
Going the Distance
UA substitutes for scrimmage plays at OSU: DT Lionel Dotson, LB Adrian McCovy, WR Ryan Eidson, WR Bobby McCoy, RB Chris Henry, FB Brandon Lopez. DB Lamon Means, DE Jason Parker. Mike Stoops and staff look at it this way: "There's a reason they're called backups, " he's said.
T’n’T - They’re Dynamite
Tuitama to Thomas, get used to hearing it. The true freshman duo of Willie Tuitama and Mike Thomas has been a volatile concoction for the opposition despite playing just a little over seven quarters of football at the same time. Since Tuitama took over the quarterbacking duties in the first quarter against