Nov. 29, 2011
UCLA PLAYS FOR THE FIRST PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP - South Division champion UCLA (6-6, 5-4) travels to meet the North Division champion, Oregon (10-2, 8-1) for the Pac-12 title on Friday, December 2. The game will be televised nationally by Fox with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis in the booth, while Tim Brewster reports from the sideline. Kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m. PT. 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 ESPN Radio (Dave Fleming, David Norris, Ian Fitzsimmons) and SIRIUS XM (Ch. 91).
THE SERIES WITH OREGON - The Bruins lead the series 39-25, but have lost the last three games played. UCLA owns a 17-12 advantage in games played in Eugene, but has dropped the last three. The Bruins last won, in Eugene, by a 34-26 score in the 2004 season.
CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES - The Bruins last won the conference championship in the 1998 season under head coach Bob Toledo. UCLA went 10-2 that season and was 8-0 in Pac-10 play. It advanced to the 1999 Rose Bowl game and dropped a 38-31 decision to Wisconsin.
The last time UCLA went into the final game of the season with a Rose Bowl bid in the balance was in 2007. If UCLA had defeated USC, the Bruins would have had an opportunity to win the Pac-10 tiebreaker of teams which finished with a 6-3 record and represent the conference in the Rose Bowl game.
BOWL ELIGIBLE - With its victory over Colorado on Nov. 19, UCLA became bowl eligible. The Bruins have been bowl eligible in 10 of the last 12 seasons (not 1999, 2008). The bowl pairings will be announced on Dec. 4.
IN BRIEF Nelson Rosario become UCLA's seventh 1,000-yard reciever in a season last week against USC when he posted his sixth career 100-receiving yards game; against Colorado he became UCLA's 10th 2,000-yard career receiver
The Bruins have churned out six 200-yard plus rushing games this season topped by the 328 against Colorado - all have been winning games except Houston (232); wins SJSU 272/Ore. St. 211/Cal 294/ASU 220
Derrick Coleman's two touchdowns against Arizona State upped his season total to 11 which is the most by a Bruin since Maurice Jones-Drew totaled 20 (13 rushing) in 2005
Rosario now is in the top seven all-time at UCLA in both receiving yards (5th-2,209) and catches (7th-137) (see chart in bio for more details).
Kevin Prince's 424 yards rushing this season are the most by a Bruin quarterback since Jeff Dankworth ran for 815 in the 1976 season --- Prince moved into 8th on the career total offense list (4,610), behind Troy Aikman, after passing for 261 yards and running for 34 at USC.
Punter Jeff Locke has placed nine punts inside the opponent's 10-yard line in the past five games
The Bruins won all four Pac-12 conference home games this season
The four Bruin interceptions against Cal tied for the best performance of the season in conf. play
Bruin tackles for loss leaders - Datone Jones 5.5/ Damien Holmes 5.0/ Eric Kendricks 4.0
Bruin sack leaders - Jones 3.0 / Kendricks and Cassius Marsh 2.0
The win over 20th-ranked Arizona State earlier this season was UCLA's first over a ranked conference opponent since a 2007 win over ninth-ranked Oregon
Linebacker Patrick Larimore (75) tops the team in tackles and ranks T-16th in the Pac-12 (6.2/g).
Running back Johnathan Franklin moved to 9th on the all-time school rushing list (2,605) after gaining 55 yards v. USC; he became the 15th Bruin to go over 2,000 yards rushing for a career earlier this season at Stanford ... Franklin (912 yards to date this season/ 1,127 last season) is looking to become the first Bruin back to go over 1,000 yards rushing in back-to-back seasons since DeShaun Foster in 2001/2000.
Senior offensive tackle Mike Harris leads the team with 40 career starts.
UCLA has won 21 straight games in which it has rushed for at least 250 yards
Redshirt juniors Donovan Carter and Datone Jones lead the Bruin d-linemen with 33 tackles this season.
Tight end Joseph Fauria, added to the Mackey Award Watch List at mid-season, caught his fifth and sixth touchdown passes of the year against Stanford, the most by a Bruin receiver since Marcedes Lewis had 10 scoring grabs in the 2005 season. The last Bruin receiver to have more than Fauria's total of six scoring receptions this season was Marcedes Lewis who had 10 in the 2005 campaign.
Kevin Prince's 163 yards rushing vs. Cal marked the first time a Bruin quarterback had rushed for 100 yards in a game since Jeff Dankworth in 1976 versus Cal and was the most rushing yards by a quarterback since John Sciarra ran for 178 vs. Tennessee in 1974. Prince also moved over the 3,000-yard career mark in passing yardage in the Cal game.
The 328 yards rushing against Colorado marked the ninth time in the last two seasons the Bruins have gone over the 200-yard mark on the ground (2011- at Houston 232, San Jose State 272, Cal 294, Arizona State 220, 328 Colorado; last year v. Houston-266, at Texas-264, v. Wash. St.-437, v. Oregon State-210.