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Scouting Report

December 23, 2004|Lonnie White

WYOMING (6-5) vs. UCLA (6-5)

Tonight, 6:45.

Sam Boyd Stadium.

TV: ESPN.

Radio: XTRA (690/1150).

WHEN UCLA HAS THE BALL

The Bruins will be looking to unleash their ground attack after being shut down by USC in their final regular-season game. Maurice Drew, Manuel White and Chris Markey are expected to get a lot of work behind an offensive line led by center Mike McCloskey. Quarterback Drew Olson will try to spread the ball to a variety of receivers, but expect for him to go to Craig Bragg or Marcedes Lewis for big plays.

WHEN WYOMING HAS THE BALL

The Cowboys have a hard-working offensive line, led by All-Mountain West Conference center Trenton Franz. Running backs Ivan Harrison and Joseph Harris are capable of picking up major yards, and quarterback Corey Bramlet has the ability to hurt UCLA with his running. If Wyoming is able to run the ball, Bramlet's top receiver, Jovon Bouknight, will become a threat on play-action passes.

KEYS TO UCLA VICTORY

1. Eliminate turnovers. If Olson doesn't throw interceptions and the Bruins hold on to the football, the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to pull off an upset.

2. Stop Bramlet. UCLA has had trouble making tackles throughout the season, and with team leader Spencer Havner out, Bramlet will be a challenge.

3. Big plays. UCLA had 93 plays of at least 20 yards this season, including 19 for touchdowns. The Bruins need to keep this up.

HOW THEY COMPARE

*--* WYOMING UCLA 26.7 Scoring 30.9 25.1 Points Allowed 25.9 232.4 Passing Offense 228.7 134.2 Rushing Offense 190.3 366.5 Total offense 419 213.9 Passing Defense 213.2 184 Rushing Defense 222.3 397.9 Total Defense 435.5

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-- Lonnie White

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