UCLA at California Game Notes
Insights on today's big game versus the No.2 Bruins
October 24, 1998
Game Notes-28-16 UCLA over Cal California versus No. 2 UCLA October 24, 1998
The Records Cal's record drops to 4-3, losing two straight for the first time this season. UCLA remains undefeated at 6-0 (the only undefeated in the Pac-10) and extends its school record and longest current winning streak in the nation to 16.
Bears Find Cure For Opponents First Drive Blues DT Jerry DeLoach stripped the ball from the QB Cade McNown and NT Jacob Waasdorp recovered the ball for the Bears on UCLA's first possession. On the first play of the Bears drive, freshman Saleem Muhammad ran the ball in from 2 yards to put Cal up 6-0 and give him his first career TD.
Cal Points Off Turnovers The Bears have now scored eight TDs, one field goal and two safety following opponents turnovers. The breakdown is as follows: UCLA: TD (fumble); safety-tackle; USC: TD (fumble), TD (fumble), safety-sack, TD (safety); WSU: TD (fumble), TD (INT); TD (INT); FG (INT); Oklahoma: TD (fumble).
Turnover Tyrants - Battle Even - UCLA 2 fumbles; Cal 1 INT, 1 Fumble UCLA entered the game ranked third nationally with a +1.80 turnover ratio, while Cal ranked tied for sixth at +1.67. Both teams caused their share of TOs but ended up even. The Bruins fumbled the ball twice in the first quarter. The fumbles were recovered by Waasdorp and Chidi Iwuoma (second of 1998), while Vedder threw 1 INT (6th of season) and Josh White fumbled the ball inside the Bruins 5-yd line with less than a minute remaining the 2nd quarter.
Big Plays and Personal Fouls Lead to UCLA TDs A Cade McNown 17-yard TD pass to Brian Poli-Dixon led to a 7-7 tie in the first quarter. The drive was keyed by a 40-yard run by Durrell Price. The Bruins second TD was a 35-yard pass from McNown to Poli-Dixon to put the Bruins up 14-7. A 15-yard personal foul penalty by Cal helped the drive. The Bruins third TD was keyed by a 34-yard run by Cade McNown to the Bears 45. Additionally, CB Deltha O'Neila was whistled for a personal foul. TB Jermaine Lewis scampered 13-yards to put the Bruins up 21-9. The Bruins went up 28-16 with 13:53 to go in the 4th quarter on a 30-yard TD pass from TB Jermaine Lewis to a wide-open Jon Dubravac.
Harris Punts Inside the 20UCLA Drives Start Deep in Own Territory Redshirt sophomore punter Nick Harris continues to shine for Cal. Today, he directed six punts inside the Bruins 20, including one on the one-yard line, which led to Sekou Sanyika's safety, and punts on the Bruins 2 and 7. Harris has now nailed 20 inside the 20 on the year after nailing only 8 inside the 20 in 1997.
Sanyika Adds Safeties To His All-American Credentials OLB Sekou Sanyika cut the Bruins lead to 14-9 at the beginning of the second quarter by tackling UCLA FB Durell Price in the endzone causing his and Cal's second safety of the season and second in the last three weeks, the other starting Cal's come back from 31-10 down to USC and eventual 32-31 win. The safety was the first safety given up by the Bruins since the 1998 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.
O'Neil Moves Up To Fifth on Cal's Career All-Purpose Yards Chart Delta O'Neil moved into 5th on Cal's career all-purpose yards chart as he needed just 99 yards to move past Dwight Garner's (3,307 yds). O'Neil got more than half of the needed yards in the first two minutes of the game. He began the game with a 40-yard KOR and had a 31-yd reception on the Bears first drive. O'Neil also had KOR for 24 and 32 yards. He also returned punts today and started at left corner.
Douglas Ties School Record For Receptions in Back-to-Back Games WR Dameane Douglas tied his own school record with 23 receptions in back-to-back games, sneering 13 passes today and 10 last week at Washington. Douglas finished the 1997 season with 12 catches against Arizona and 11 against Stanford. Douglas entered the game tied for the Pac-10 lead and tied for 7th in the nation with 7.87 catches/game.
Bears Defense Continues to Step Up in Second Half Cal held UCLA to 381 yards, below its 497.6 ypg average. The Bruins only gained 173 yards in the second half and scored only one TD, only the 4th TD scored on the Bears in the second half in 1998.
Three Dot Data WR Joel Young's first TD of the season, a 3-yard pass from Vedder with :36 left in the 3rd quarter cut UCLA's lead to 21-16redshirt freshman QB Samuel Cleamons saw the most action of his Bears careerTB Marcus Field carried the ball 27 times for 118 yards, his 2nd 100+ yard game of 1998 and his careerbroke his former career mark of 21 carries against OK Fields also had a 28-yard run, the Bears longest of the yearCal twice came up empty-handed inside the Bruins 5-yard line (one fumble, once downs