Sept. 13, 2011
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HOME AGAIN -- UCLA (1-1) hosts nationally-ranked University of Texas (2-0, 24-AP/21 USA Today ESPN) on Sept. 17 in the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised by ABC Sports (reverse mirror nationally with ESPN) with Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie in the booth and Samantha Steele on the sideline. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest. The game will also be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (Ch. 92) and Touchdown Radio with Roxy Bernstein, Gino Torretta and JJ Stokes.
UCLA and Texas are meeting for the sixth time in a series which dates back to 1970 and the Bruins own a 3-2 series edge to date. UCLA has captured the last three meetings, including a 34-12 decision in the contest played last season in Austin. The last time these teams met in the Rose Bowl was in the 1998 season-opener and UCLA came away with a 49-31 win. The Bruins jumped out to a 35-3 halftime advantage in that contest and survived a three-touchdown fourth-quarter UT rally.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Three-time All-Pac-10 nose guard Terry Tumey (UCLA '88, MBA '93) is Saturday's Honorary Captain. Tumey is probably best remembered for his sack of Miami's Bernie Kosar in the 1985 Fiesta Bowl. In that game, Tumey had just two tackles playing as a redshirt freshman in his first collegiate bowl game. The Bruins had taken a precarious two-point lead late in the fourth quarter, but Kosar and the Hurricanes were driving and owned possession and a timeout with 31 seconds remaining on their 48-yard line. On first down, Kosar looked to pass, but Tumey broke through, sacking the quarterback and forcing a fumble that was recovered by UCLA. Game over, victory secured for the Bruins.
Tumey would finish his career in 1988 with 35 starts, 227 total tackles, 25 sacks and 39 tackles for loss. The Bruins were 36-10-2 during his tenure, won two Pac-10 titles and four straight bowl games, including the 1986 Rose Bowl. Following graduation, Tumey entered the business world, but returned to campus in 1992 as the Bruins' graduate assistant coach under Terry Donahue. In 1993, he received his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. In 1995, he was hired as a full-time assistant coach by Donahue, and served on staffs that coached in three bowl games and won 20 consecutive games in 1997 and '98. He left UCLA in 1999 to work as a defensive assistant coach for the Denver Broncos. In 2001, he left the Broncos to work for the 49ers, where he served in several administrative capacities until 2009. Since April of 2009, Tumey has been the athletic director of Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif.
RED SHIRT OFF -- Redshirt freshmen playing for the first time in the opener at Houston included: RB - Jordon James; LB Aramide Olaniyan (special teams); LB Eric Kendricks; DB - Tevin McDonald; LB Phillip Ruhl (special teams); DL Tre Hale (special teams); Kicker Kip Smith (special teams).
FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS -- A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. Thirteen played in 1975, 12 in 1978, 1980 and 2004 and 10 played in 1979. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006, two in 2007 and 11 in 2008. UCLA played 10 freshmen in 2009 (eight saw action in the opener agaisnt SDSU). The Bruins played 10 freshman in 2010 (four saw action in opener at Kansas State). True freshman tight end Raymond Nelson is the lone first-year player to see action in 2011.
FIRST STARTS -- The Bruins had three players make first starts against San Jose State -- OG Alberto Cid (So.R), F Jordon James (Fr.R), WR Shaq Evans (So.R). At Houston, two defensive players made their first starts, S Dalton Hilliard (Jr.) and S Alex Mascarenas (So.R); on offense three Bruins made first starts - guards Greg Capella (So.R) and (So.) Chris Ward and (Jr.R) tight end Joseph Fauria.
A LOOK AT 2011 -- There are six home games, four against Pac-12 opponents, and six road matchups on the 2011 schedule. This will be the first year of play in the new Pac-12 Conference as Utah, from the Mountain West Conference, and Colorado, from the Big 12 Conference, join the mix. The Bruins will meet both new conference members. UCLA hosts newcomer Colorado on Nov. 19 and plays at Utah on Nov. 12.
The Bruins bested Texas a year ago in Austin and welcome the Longhorns to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1998. A couple of road contests at Oregon State (Sept. 24) and at Stanford (Oct. 1) kick off the Pac-12 conference schedule. Washington State comes to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 8 in the first Pac-12 home conference contest. The annual homecoming game will be on Oct. 29 against California.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE -- Over the last eight-plus seasons, UCLA's home record is 35-16 (.686). UCLA has won 21 of its last 25 (.840) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2011: W-San Jose St.; 2010: W-Houston; 2009: W-Kansas St./ W-San Diego St.; 2008: L-Fresno St. / W-Tennessee; 2007: L-Notre Dame / W-BYU; 2006: W-Rice / W-Utah; 2005: W-Oklahoma / W-Rice; 2004: W-San Diego St. / L-Okla. St.; 2003: W-San Diego St. / W-Illinois; 2002: L-Colorado / W-Colorado St.; 2001: W-Ohio St.; 2000: W-Michigan, W-Fresno St., W-Alabama; 1999: W-Fresno St. / W-Boise State; 1998: W-Texas).
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS -- UCLA has won seven of its last 13 home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Houston (2010-23rd), Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and losses to ASU (2007-9th), Fresno State (2008-25th), USC (2008-5th), Oregon (2009-13th), Stanford (2010-25th) and Arizona (2010-15th).
UCLA has defeated four of its last eight Top 10-ranked opponents.
UCLA's last road victory over a Top 10 school (AP) had been Oct. 10, 1998 at #10 Arizona (52-28).
WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were listed as players "To Watch" for the 2011 major national post-season awards: senior FS Tony Dye -- Lott Impact Trophy (nation's top defensive player); Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's most outstanding defensive player) Bednarik Award (nation's top defender), Thorpe Award (nation's top DB); junior DE Datone Jones -- Hendricks Award (nation's best defensive end); senior center Kai Maiava -- Rimington Award (most outstanding center); junior running back Johnathan Franklin -- Maxwell Award (most outstanding college football player), Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back); senior LB Sean Westgate is on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. (Nation's college lineman of the year - limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage).
A LOOK AT THE 2011 SCHEDULE -- The combined record of UCLA's opponents was 71-78 (.477) in 2010. A closer look at the non-conference opponents reveals some interesting numbers. Houston finished 11th in the nation in total offense in 2010 (480.50 yds/g). The Cougars were 4-4 and third in the Conference USA West while ranking fifth in the nation in passing offense (327.25 yds/g). San Jose State (1-12 last season) ranked 45th in passing offense last season with a total of 236.54 yds/g. Texas (5-7 last year, but three wins on the road a year ago) led the Big 12 in total defense and ranked sixth in the nation, allowing 300.17 yds/g. The Longhorns finished sixth in the Big 12 South with a 2-6 mark.
FRANKLIN ON THE RUN -- Redshirt junior tailback Johnathan Franklin opened the 2011 season with a 128-yard effort at Houston, his eighth 100-yard career rushing game. He added 81 yards against San Jose State. He led the Bruins in rushing with 1,127 yards (5.3 ave) in 2010, the 10th-best season mark in school history. He was fifth in the Pac-10 and 27th in the NCAA with his average of 93.92 yards /g. He led the team with eight touchdowns. He was also ninth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (99.17) and 14th in the conference in total offense (93.92). He had a streak of three straight 100-yard rushing games (158-Houston/118 Texas/ 216 Washington State), the first time for a Bruin since Maurice Drew in 2004 (Illinois, Washington and San Diego State). Franklin became the first Bruin 1,000-yard rusher since Chris Markey in 2006. Here are recent Bruin 1,000-yard rushers: 2006: Chris Markey 1,107; 2004: Maurice Jones-Drew 1,007; 2001: DeShaun Foster 1,109; 2000: DeShaun Foster 1,037.
BACK-TO-BACK 1,000-YARD BRUIN RUSHERS -- Junior running back Johnathan Franklin will look to join some elite company after amassing 1,127 yards rushing in 2010. The back-to-back club at UCLA includes:
DeShaun Foster - 2001: 1,109 / 2000: 1,037
Skip Hicks - 1997: 1,282 / 1996: 1,034
Karim Abdul-Jabbar - 1995: 1,571 / 1994: 1,227
Gaston Green - 1987: 1,098 / 1986: 1,405
Freeman McNeil - 1980: 1,105 / 1979: 1,396
Wendell Tyler - 1975:1,388 / 1976: 1,003
STARTING EXPERIENCE BY POSITION
OFFENSE Wide Rec.(50)-Nelson Rosario 12, Taylor Embree 31, Ricky Marvray 4, Shaq Evans 1, Randall Carroll 1, Jerry Johnson 1 F-Back (6) - Anthony Barr 5, Jordon James 1 Offensive Line (81) - Kai Maiava 13, Mike Harris 30, Sean Sheller 12, Jeff Baca 21, Greg Capella 2, Chris Ward 2, Alberto Cid 1 Quarterback (25) - Kevin Prince 17, Richard Brehaut 8 Running Back (24) - Johnathan Franklin 20, Derrick Coleman 4 Tight End (26) - Cory Harkey 25, Joseph Fauria 1
Defensive Line (58) - Datone Jones 17, Nate Chandler 10, Damien Holmes 8, Keenan Graham 6, Owamagbe Odighizuwa 6, Cassius Marsh 6, Justin Edison 5 Linebacker (29) - Sean Westgate 15, Patrick Larimore 9, Jordan Zumwalt 5 Cornerback (42) -Aaron Hester 14, Sheldon Price 22, Andrew Abbott 6 Safety (31) - Tony Dye 28, Dalton Hilliard 2, Alex Mascarenas 1
BRUINS VS. BIG 12 TEAMS -- UCLA has a 16-12-1 record in all-time games played vs. the current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Bruins own a 1-1 record vs. Iowa St.; 5-2 vs. Kansas; 1-1 vs. Kansas St.; 2-0-1 vs. Missouri; 1-3 vs. Oklahoma; 1-1 vs. Oklahoma St.; 3-2 vs. Texas; 2-2 vs. Texas A&M; 1-0 vs. Utah.
IN THREE-PLUS SEASONS UNDER NEUHEISEL -- The Bruin defense has limited opponents to less than 300 yards of offense in nine contests (8-1 record) ...... Over the last three-plus seasons, UCLA owns a 11-0 record when holding the opponent under 20 points ...... UCLA's record is 8-3 when it wins the turnover battle under coach Neuheisel ...... It is 8-20 when it ties or loses the turnover battle ...... The Bruin defense has held eight opponents to less than 100 yards of rushing in the last three-plus years (record of 7-1).
LAST WEEK -- UCLA used a strong second-half rushing attack and some key interceptions to help earn a 27-17 decision over San Jose State in the home opener at the Rose Bowl. Derrick Coleman led the the way with 135 rushing yards as the Bruins had 29 second-half carries for 221 yards in all. Sean Westgate picked off a Spartan pass at the Bruin 12-yard line late in the third quarter to thwart a potential SJSU go-ahead drive. Sheldon Price collected another interception early in the fourth quarter which led to a Kip Smith field goal which lifted the Bruins into a 20-17 lead.
BOWLING -- The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in nine of the last 11 seasons (not in 2008 or 2010).
WORKING OVERTIME -- UCLA is 7-1 all-time in overtime, including a 27-24 win over Tennessee in the 2008 season opener.
AT THE STARTING LINE -- Senior receiver Taylor Embree (32), senior offensive lineman Mike Harris (30), senior safety Tony Dye (28), senior tight end Cory Harkey (25), junior defensive back Sheldon Price (22) , redshirt junior offensive lineman Jeff Baca (21), redshirt junior Johnathan Franklin (20) are the Bruin position players with at least 20 career starts. Dye has the longest starting streak of any position player with 27 straight. Harkey and LB Sean Westgate are next at 14.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL -- Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $12.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins three hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game.The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
THEN, NOW, FOREVER -- Head coach Rick Neuheisel and UCLA Athletics host a pre-game tailgate tent for all alumni Bruin football players to enjoy each other's company prior to each contest (except Homecoming, when there is a different event for all alumni student-athletes). The tent is made possible by the generous support of sponsors Bar One Catering and Techmer PM. Each former player is admitted for free and is allowed to bring a guest free of charge (additional guests may come for a nominal fee).
UCLA FAN ZONE IN AREA H -- What better way to experience the passion of college football than Saturday tailgating at the Rose Bowl! The UCLA Fan Zone caters to all football fans: families, sports fans, alumni and students.
The UCLA Fan Zone showcases -- KLAC/UCLA IMG Radio Stage AM570 - the centerpiece of the area is the live broadcast of the "Bruin Game Day" pre-game show hosted by former UCLA quarterbacks Wayne Cook (1991-94) and Matt Stevens (1983-86). KLAC 570 AM (Los Angeles) is the flagship for the network. Network affiliates include: KWDJ 1360 AM (Ridgecrest) and KCTC 1320 AM (Sacramento). The UCLA Sports Network from IMG feed is also carried nationally on Sirius XM Satellite radio with longtime voice of the Bruins Chris Roberts joining Cook and Stevens.
The UCLA Fan Zone opens four hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE!
The Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent located in the Fan Zone, offers Bruin fans exclusive pre-game tailgate tent hospitality. Shallots will satisfy your hunger and beverage needs.
Individual Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate tent passes are available. To order your pass today, go to the football page on www.uclabruins.com and check out the Football Fan Zone link under `Essentials.'.
UCLA FOOD ZONE REFRESHMENTS -- The Fan Zone also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants on a season basis: American Pretzel, Carl's Jr., Teri & Yaki, Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Robin's Wood Fire BBQ and Bristol Farms, California Pizza Kitchen and Nice Ice Baby!
LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will travel to open Pac-12 Conference play against Oregon State (0-2) on Sept. 24 in Corvallis (12:30 on Prime Ticket). UCLA hit the road again the following week and journey to Stanford for a game on Oct. 1.The next home game is on Oct. 8 against Washington State (game time to be announced-Sept. 26).