UA hopes early trip to Pasadena comes up Roses

By Arlie Rahn

Arizona Daily Wildcat

When the Arizona football team enters the 100,089-seat Rose Bowl to face UCLA tomorrow, the team will attempt to do something it has accomplished only once in its history of playing the Bruins in Pasadena: win.

"This is a very important game for both teams," UA head coach Dick Tomey said. "UCLA is a very tough team to beat at home, and this season they have a lot of talent with (Karim) Abdul-Jabbar and (Kevin) Jordan."

Kickoff between Arizona (3-2 overall, 1-1 in the Pacific 10 Conference) and UCLA (3-2, 0-2) is at 4 p.m. tomorrow. ABC (KGUN channel 9 in Tucson) will televise the game and KNST radio (AM 790) will broadcast it.

While this game will have its share of big-name players, it will be without two of the main factors in last year's 34-24 Arizona victory. The first is Wildcat receiver Richard Dice, who will not be playing due to a knee injury he sustained in practice on Tuesday. Last year Dice burned the Bruin secondary with eight receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown.

The Bruins will be without last season's defensive hero, linebacker Donnie Edwards, who is on suspension for accepting gifts from California agent Robert Caron. Edwards was one of the few bright spots for the UCLA defense, recording a game-high 16 tackles (14 unassisted) and three sacks last year at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.

But the Bruin losses do not end there. They also most likely will be without the services of All-America offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

"Optimistically, we are listing him as doubtful for this weekend's game," UCLA head coach Terry Donahue said. "It would be tough to use him because he didn't practice once during the bye week and he didn't look good in practice this week."

This might be a bad sign for Abdul-Jabbar, the Pac-10's top rusher. Abdul-Jabbar has 667 yards on 129 carries in five games, but the loss of Ogden might cut into his lofty average of 133 yards per game.

"Karim is one of our hardest practice players and has the gift

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