Although this pair is not the typical quarterback—wide receiver combination that was promised, however, they revived a program that had to watch their crosstown rivals win, and win a lot, since the Bruins glory days in the late 90s.
Drew Olson and Marcedes Lewis might not have had the numbers that other wideouts and signal callers on this list might have, but when these two were on the same page, and in 2005, there was no question that was indeed the case in Westwood.
The Karl Dorrell era began in 2003 with a near triumph in Boulder, Colorado on the opening weekend. As the story would play out, that was a first sign of how things would shape up for the Bruins and Dorrell.
UCLA rolled into Palo Alto for their 2003 contest with Stanford riding a five-game winning streak. Although the Bruins would pick up their last win of the season in October versus Arizona State.
Dorrell had a quarterback shuffle on his hands with Drew Olson and Matt Moore. The two battled it out and, in turn Moore later enrolled at Oregon State and Drew Olson began his life after his former competitor in Westwood.
As the starter for all 12 games in 2004, Olson exploded on offense and took hold of the leadership role for Karl Dorrell and UCLA during his junior season.
Early on during his career at UCLA, Olson's No. 1 receiver was Craig Bragg. The four-year starter ended with 2,845 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in his career.
In 2005, Marcedes Lewis put to rest the question of who was going to step up for the aforementioned Bragg.
San Diego State could not stop the 6'6" Lewis. The Long Beach Polytechnic product hauled in seven passes for 131 yards. The scoring at Qualcomm Stadium was taken care of by the ground attack, and star in the making Maurice Jones-Drew.
Drew Olson teamed up with Marcedes Lewis and speedy running back Jones-Drew, put a streak of eight straight wins together, including two overtime wins.
However, the dream season that many in Los Angeles envisioned began to burn in the Sonoran Desert heat in Tucson.
A young Willie Tuitama and a gutsy Arizona Wildcat performance knocked Drew Olson and UCLA off the ranks of unbeaten on the first weekend in November.
Although the blame could not be placed on Olson who tossed two touchdowns and passed for over 230 yards in the blowout loss.
Lewis also lent a hand while catching both of Olson's TD passes and totaled over 130 yards on 11 catches.
The following week, the Bruins responded to beat a tough Sun Devil team at the Rose Bowl, 45-35.
Drew Olson threw five touchdowns. Lewis caught seven passes for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Nothing new for these two.
With running back Maurice Jones-Drew adding enough balance to the UCLA offense on the ground and threw screen passes, the Bruins and offensive coordinator Tom Cable were poised to knock off USC, and finally end the streak of six straight losses at that time.
However, at the Coliseum in 2005, it was the Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush show. The Bruins were sent back to their Westwood campus with a 66-19 defeat in which the game never seemed to be close.
The Trojans overpowered the Bruins big hogs up front. When the clock hit zero, Olson was sacked a season high five times, and was pressured even more that afternoon.
This story does however end on a high note. Karl Dorrell took UCLA to a respectable bowl for the first time in five seasons. The Sun Bowl versus Northwestern gave UCLA, Olson, and Lewis another opportunity to show off their talent and teamwork.
Although this quarterback-tight end performance in 2005 did not end well following a rough loss to USC, the Bruins brought their same sluggish play to El Paso, TX in the first quarter.
Olson threw three interceptions in the contest but responded late in the game, throwing three touchdown passes. However, it was not Lewis who stepped up to rally the Bruins, it was Brandon Breazell who returned two kickoff returns to beat the Northwestern Wildcats.
To wrap up the 2005 season, Olson threw 34 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He threw for nearly 3,200 yards and finished with a quarterback rating of 161.59. Olson led the Bruins to their first 10-win season since 1998.
The only name above Olson on the passing list at UCLA is Cade McNown. McNown's spectacular 1998 season in which he passed for over 3,470 yards.
For Marcedes Lewis, the big tight end ended his career at UCLA as the Mackey Award winner in 2005, as the best tight end in the country.
Although these two Bruins might not get as much recognition as McNown and Farmer or Maddox and LaChapelle, these two student athletes played their hearts out for the UCLA Bruin fans.