The Scouting Report
San Diego State (2-1)
at UCLA (2-1)
Today, 4 p.m., Rose Bowl
Radio: XTRA (690/1150).
WHEN UCLA HAS THE BALL
With Maurice Drew and Manuel White, the Bruins’ running game has been a force, and quarterback Drew Olson has not had to do too much. But if San Diego State’s blitz-happy defense crowds the line of scrimmage, Olson will have to step up with his passing and his decision-making. UCLA can help itself by getting the ball more to tight end Marcedes Lewis, who has eight catches for 108 yards. Sure-handed receiver Joe Cowan and fullback Michael Pitre also could get more use today.
WHEN SAN DIEGO STATE HAS THE BALL
Junior Jeff Webb is one of nation’s top wide receivers. Webb has caught a pass in 13 consecutive games and is ninth nationally with 7.7 catches per game this season. Webb and receiver Robert Ortiz have combined for 37 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns. The Aztecs have been strong inside the 20-yard line, scoring seven out of eight times, including six touchdowns.
KEYS TO UCLA VICTORY
1. Stop the run: The Bruins have the worst rushing defense in the Pacific 10 Conference and all three opponents have had a 100-yard rusher. 2. Replace Bragg’s production: Craig Bragg, who leads the Bruins in receiving and is the team’s top punt returner, will not play because of a shoulder injury.
3. Create turnovers: UCLA has forced only three turnovers this season. The Bruins’ starting secondary of Ben Emanuel II, Jarrad Page, Matt Clark and Marcus Cassel have yet to make an interception.
HOW THEY COMPARE
*--* UCLA San Diego St. 30.7 Scoring 28.7 26.3 Points Allowed 18.3 194 Passing Offense 280.7 296 Rushing Offense 152.7 490 Total Offense 433.3 157 Passing Defense 267.3 284.3 Rushing Defense 92.7 441.3 Total Defense 360
-- Lonnie White