UCLA senior defensive ends Dave and Mat Ball were born 15 minutes
apart and have the same quirky sense of humor. Roommates for the
last five years (they redshirted as freshmen in 1999), they have
taken the same classes (both are history majors) and share a
proclivity for sacking opposing quarterbacks.
They are a major reason that UCLA (6-4) has a shot at knocking
off USC on Nov. 22. Dave, 6'6" and 275 pounds, is the better of
the two and leads the nation with 13 1/2 sacks. Mat, also 6'6"
but 10 pounds heavier, became a full-time starter this season and
has 25 tackles. "This year has been a lot of fun playing
alongside my brother," says Dave. "I have a lot of pride when he
makes a big play, and I know he's always cheering for me."