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Las Vegas Bowl Player Profile & History

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Posted Dec 19, 2006


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UCLA (6-6) vs. BYU (10-2)

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Las Vegas Bowl History

2007 BYU 38, Oregon 8
2005 California 35, BYU 28
2004 Wyoming 24, UCLA 21
2003 Oregon St 44, New Mexico 14
2002 UCLA 27, New Mexico 13
2001 Utah 10, USC 6
2000 UNLV 31, Arkansas 14
1999 Utah 17, Fresno State 16
1998 N Carolina 20, S. Diego St 13
1997 Oregon 41, Air Force 13
1996 Nevada 18, Ball State 15
1995 Toledo 40, Nevada 37 (OT)
1994 UNLV 52, Central Mich 24
1993 Utah State 42, Ball State 33
1992 Bowling Green 35, Nevada 34
1990 Florida St 24, Penn State 17

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Bruin Bowl Moment: UCLA was almost unbeatable in the 1980s, winning seven of eight bowl games, including three Rose Bowls.  However, the 1960s were home to its most unforgettable postseason victory.  Before 1964, the Bruins had played in five Rose Bowls, losing each one.  The 1965 squad mercifully ended that futility in a thriller with No. 1 Michigan State that ended when three Bruin defenders stopped a game-tying two-point conversion with under a minute left in the game.

Best Cougar Bowl Moment: Best Cougar Bowl Moment – From 1978 to 1984, BYU and the Holiday Bowl were synonymous with the magic and excitement of the postseason.  That was never truer than in 1980, when Jim McMahon and the high-voltage Cougars engineered an incredible comeback for the school’s first bowl triumph.  Trailing SMU 38-19 at the start of the fourth quarter, BYU stormed back, pulling out a miraculous win when McMahon connected with TE Clay Brown from 41 yards out as time expired.


BYU's best win ...
BYU 17 ... Utah 10
Down 10-9, BYU needed a 49-yard catch by Austin Collie on fourth-and-18, a few pass interference calls and a personal foul, and an 11-yard touchdown run from Harvey Unga with 38 seconds to play to break Utah's heart for a second straight season. Utah had taken the lead with 1:34 to play on a one-yard Darrell Mack run and got a 35-yard Louie Sakoda field goal in the third quarter, but couldn't move the ball on a last gasp drive. Mitch Payne nailed three field goals for the Cougars before their final drive.
Player of the game: BYU RB Harvey Unga ran 23 times for 141 yards and a touchdown and caught a 27-yard pass.
Stat Leaders: Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 17-29, 129 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Darrell Mack, 14-56, 1 TD. Receiving: Bradon Godfrey, 7-73
BYU - Passing: Max Hall, 17-40, 269 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Harvey Unga, 23-141, 1 TD. Receiving: Austin Collie, 5-126

BYU's worst loss ... Tulsa 55 ... BYU 47
In a wild shootout with the two teams combining for 1,027 passing yards, it was two false start penalties to ruin a final BYU chance, and Tulsa's defense snuffing out long drives with four takeaways. Paul Smith threw five touchdown passes with three to Charles Clay, but BYU always had an answer in the see-saw game. Max Hall threw for 547 yards and four touchdowns, and Manase Tonga ran for two touchdowns. Tulsa's defense got in the big play act with a 49-yard interception return for a score from Ray Roberts, but this was all about the haymakers. In one tremendous second quarter sequence, Hall his Austin Collie for a 45-yard touchdown, and Smith answered ten second later by connecting with Brennan Marion for a 75-yard touchdown pass. BYU responded in four plays with a 13-yard Dennis Pitta scoring grab, and the scoring went on and one, with the two teams combining for 44 points in the quarter. In all the two teams cranked out 1,289 yards of total offense and 59 first downs.
Player of the game: Tulsa QB Paul Smith completed 21 of 35 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns
Stat Leaders: BYU - Passing: Max Hall, 35-57, 537 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Harvey Unga, 21-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Reed, 8-132, 1 TD
Tulsa - Passing: Paul Smith, 21-35, 454 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tarrion Adams, 18-79, 1 TD. Receiving: Trae Johnson, 5-95, 1 TD


UCLA's best win ...
UCLA 40 ... Oregon State 14
Oregon State appeared to be on its way to an easy win, taking a 14-0 first quarter lead on an Al Afalavia 33-yard fumble return for a score, and a one-yard Yvenson Bernard touchdown run. The then came the self-destruction. UCLA managed two Kai Forbath field goals in the second quarter, and took advantage of two fumbled kickoff returns from Gerard Lawson to get two short Kahlil Bell scoring runs. Brandon Breazell scored from 69 and 30 yards out, with the first score coming after a personal foul call, and Chris Markey ran it in from two yards away as part of a 28-0 fourth quarter Bruin run.
Player of the game: UCLA CB Trey Brown made eight tackles with two interceptions.
Stat Leaders: UCLA - Passing: Ben Olson, 14-25, 220 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kahlil Bell, 24-80, 2 TD. Receiving: Brandon Breazell, 2-99, 2 TD
Oregon State - Passing: Sean Canfield, 22-35, 146 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
Yvenson Bernard, 27-125, 1 TD. Receiving: Anthony Brown, 6-34


UCLA's worst loss ...
Notre Dame 20 ... UCLA 6
In a game that might have set back offensive football 50 years, Notre Dame forced seven turnovers to pull off the win despite amassing just 140 yards. The Irish scored in the third quarter on a one-yard Jimmy Clausen touchdown run, and 50 seconds later, got a Maurice Crum 34-yard fumble recovery for a score. UCLA lost starting quarter Ben Olsen to a knee injury, and was only able to manage two first half Kai Forbath field goals.
Player of the game: Notre Dame LB Maurice Crum made seven tackles, one sack, forced a fumble, recovered two fumbles, picked off two passes, and scored a 34-yard touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Notre Dame - Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 17-27, 84 yds
Rushing: James Aldridge, 22-52. Receiving: John Carlson, 6-38
UCLA - Passing: McLeod Bethel-Thompson, 12-28, 139 yds, 4 INT
Rushing:
Kahlil Bell, 18-64. Receiving: Joe Cowan, 5-69


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BYU 38 ... Oregon 8

BYU embarrassed Oregon as John Beck threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns while Jonny Harline made nine grabs for 181 yards. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cougars scored 17 in the second with Curtis Brown running for his first of two scores and Harline scoring on a 41-yard grab. A Beck 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter made it a laugher. Oregon finally got on the board with a 48-yard Brian Paysinger touchdown catch, but BYU recovered the onside kick and scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Manase Tonga.
Player of the game ... BYU QB John Beck completed 28 of 46 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Oregon - Passing: Dennis Dixon, 10-20, 122 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dennis Dixon, 10-57  Receiving:
Jordan Kent, 5-33
BYU - Passing: John Beck, 28-46, 375 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Curtis Brown, 17-120, 2 TD  Receiving: Jonny Harline, 9-181, 1 TD


UCLA Bowl History (13-15)
2006 Emerald Florida St 44, UCLA 27
2005 Sun UCLA 50, Northwestern 38
2004 Las Vegas Wyoming 24, UCLA 21
2003 Silicon Valley Fresno State 17, UCLA 9
2002 Las Vegas UCLA 27, New Mexico 13
2000 Sun Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20
1998 Rose Wisconsin 38, UCLA 31
1997 Cotton UCLA 29, Texas A&M 23
1995 Aloha Kansas 51, UCLA 30
1993 Rose Wisconsin 21, UCLA 16
1991 John Hancock UCLA 6, Illinois 3
1988 Cotton UCLA 17, Arkansas 3
1987 Aloha UCLA 20, Florida 16
1986 Freedom UCLA 31, BYU 10
1985 Rose UCLA 45, Iowa 28
1984 Fiesta UCLA 39, Miami (Fla.) 37
1983 Rose UCLA 45, Illinois 9
1982 Rose UCLA 24, Michigan 14
1981 Bluebonnet Michigan 33, UCLA 14
1978 Fiesta UCLA 10, Arkansas 10
1976 Liberty Alabama 36, UCLA 6
1975 Rose UCLA 23, Ohio State 10
1965 Rose UCLA 14, Michigan State 12
1961 Rose Minnesota 21, UCLA 3
1955 Rose Michigan State 17, UCLA 14
1953 Rose Michigan State 28, UCLA 20
1945 Rose Illinois 45, UCLA 14
1942 Rose Georgia 9, UCLA 0

 

BYU Bowl History (8-16-1)
2006 Las Vegas BYU 38, Oregon 8
2005 Las Vegas California 35, BYU 28
2001 Liberty Louisville 28, BYU 10
1999 Motor City Marshall 21, BYU 3
1998 Liberty Tulane 41, BYU 27
1996 Cotton BYU 19, Kansas State 15
1994 Copper BYU 31, Oklahoma 6
1993 Holiday Ohio State 28, BYU 21
1992 Aloha Kansas 23, BYU 20
1991 Holiday BYU 13, Iowa 13
1990 Holiday Texas A&M 65, BYU 14
1989 Holiday Penn State 50, BYU 39
1988 Freedom BYU 20, Colorado 17
1987 All-American Virginia 22, BYU 16
1986 Freedom UCLA 31, BYU 10
1985 Citrus Ohio State 10, BYU 7
1984 Holiday BYU 24, Michigan 17
1983 Holiday BYU 21, Missouri 17
1982 Holiday Ohio State 47, BYU 17
1981 Holiday BYU 38, Washington State 36
1980 Holiday BYU 46, SMU 45
1979 Holiday Indiana 38, BYU 37
1978 Holiday Navy 23, BYU 16
1976 Tangerine Oklahoma State 49, BYU 21
1974 Fiesta Oklahoma State 16, BYU 6

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