Sept. 19, 2004
UCLA tailback Maurice Drew set a new UCLA record and UW opponent record with 322 yards rushing. The old record, in both cases, was 301, set by Bruin tailback Dashon Foster in the Oct. 13, 2001 UCLA-UW game at the Rose Bowl, a 35-13 Bruins win.
The Pac-10 record, incidentally, is 357, by Washington State's Reuben Mayes vs. Oregon in 1984. The only other 300-yard rushing performance in Pac-10 history aside from Drew, Foster and Mayes was 347 by Ricky Bell vs. Washington State in 1976. Drew's 322 rushing yards tonight rank him third all-time in Pac-10 history.
Drew also set a new Bruins record with five rushing touchdowns in a game. It was also the UCLA record for total TDs in a game (rushing or otherwise) and a UW opponent record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. The five rushing TDs also tied the Pac-10 record, held by: Corey Dillon (UW vs. UCLA, 1996), Saladin McCullough (UO vs. AZ, 1996), James Matthews (WSU vs. Idaho, 1982), Hugh McElhenny (UW vs. WSU, 1950) and Duke Morrison (Cal vs. UW, 1921).
Drew's previous career rushing yards high was 176, last season vs. Arizona State.
Coming into today, 74 players had rushed for 300 or more yards in a game in NCAA Division I history. Earlier this year, West Virginia's Kay-Jay Harris became the 74th when he rushed for 337 yards on 25 carries, Sept. 4 vs. East Carolina. (Not counting today's games, that's the only 300-yard rushing performance this season.) Harris had four touchdowns in that game. The NCAA record for rushing yards in a game is 406, by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson in a game vs. UTEP on Nov. 20, 1999.
Maurice Drew scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, all on runs of at least 47 yards - three of his four carries of the quarter. Drew scored on runs of 47 yards, 62 yards and 58 yards. The three TDs were the ninth, 10th and 11th of his career (rushing and kick return). He added a fourth (15 yards) in the second quarter four 12 career touchdowns. Seven of his 12 scores have been for 47 or more yards.
Drew finished the opening period with 169 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries.
As a team, UCLA rushed for 424 yards which puts them sixth on Washington's top-10 list for most rushing yards by a UW opponent.
UW sophomore tailback Kenny James also set a new career high with 133 yards on 27 carries (also a career high). His previous highs were 104 yards (vs. Oregon, 2003) and 19 carries (vs. WSU, 2003).
Washington's 24 points in the first quarter tied the third-most the Huskies have ever scored in an opening period. The UW scored 28 points in the first quarter vs. Idaho in 1968, 25 vs. San Jose State in 1996 (the fabled "Corey Dillon game") and 24 vs. Northwestern in 1980. The most points that the Dawgs have ever scored in any quarter is 30, vs. Oregon State in 1989 (2nd quarter) and vs. UCLA in 1970 (4th quarter).
Husky junior Evan Benjamin, who switched from safety prior to this season after two years as a safety now has two interceptions in two games as a linebacker. As a safety, he compiled four interceptions over 25 games (11 starts) the last two seasons.
When UW defensive tackle Manase Hopoi sacked Bruins QB Drew Olson on the last play of the first half, it marked the first sack that UCLA had given up all season.
In the Huskies' 12-play, 80-yard opening drive that resulted in a 12-yard TD pass from Casey Paus to Anthony Russo, the UW ran the ball on the first 11 plays before finally throwing a pass for the touchdown. Kenny James accumulated 57 yards on seven carries while Shelton Sampson ran three times for seven yards and quarterback Casey Paus scrambled for three yards on what was a called pass play.
UCLA didn't punt until there were 5:51 remaining in the third quarter.
Since 1990, the Huskies have rushed for 200 or more yards in a game 59 times. The Huskies' record in those games now stands at 53-5-1. Since 1995, the Huskies are 28-2-1 when they rush for 200 or more as a team.
UCLA's Craig Bragg moved into the No. 2 spot on the Bruins' career receiving yards list. With 57 yards today, Bragg now has 2,579. The record is 3,020 by Danny Farmer.
UCLA's team total of 546 yards is the Bruins' most since they gained 625 vs. Oregon State on Oct. 5, 2002.