Nov. 15, 2011
UCLA (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) will play host to new conference member Colorado (2-9, 1-6 Pac-12) on Saturday in the final home game of the season. The game will be televised nationally by Versus with kickoff set for 4:35 p.m. PT. Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila will form the announce team. 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).
Saturday's game will also honor UCLA's 18 seniors in the final regular season home game of their careers. Being honored prior to the game are - DL Nate Chandler, RB Derrick Coleman, DB Jeff Dickmann, DB Tony Dye, DL Justin Edison, WR Taylor Embree, PK Tyler Gonzalez, DB Jamie Graham, TE Cory Harkey, OL Mike Harris, TE Austin Hill, LB Glenn Love, OL Kai Maiava, WR Nelson Rosario, OL Sean Sheller, WR Josh Smith, WR Ryan Sublett, LB Sean Westgate.
Hall of Famer Randy Cross To be Honored: UCLA and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Randy Cross with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Nov. 19 during the game between the Bruins and the University of Colorado.
Honorary Captain: Former halfback/defensive back Kermit Alexander is Saturday's honorary captain. Alexander earned varsity letters at UCLA from 1960-62 and earned All-America and first-team all-conference honors as a senior halfback when he led the Bruins in rushing (82-499), receiving (12-178) and kickoff returns (12-313). In the 1962 Rose Bowl Alexander, then a junior, led the Bruins in rushing (10-48) and receiving (3-26), in a 21-3 loss to Minnesota. He was a two-time team MVP and All-Around Excellence award winner, and was once described by USC coach John McKay "as the best all-around college football player in the nation." Selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft by San Francisco, he enjoyed a long professional career as a defensive back, punt and kick returner with the 49ers, Rams and Eagles. In 143 games played (114 starts), he made 43 interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. Today, Alexander lives in Riverside with his wife Tami and their five children, whom the couple adopted from Haiti following the earthquake in 2010.
More UC-CU Series Information: UCLA holds a 4-2 lead in a series which dates back to 1980. The Bruins have a 2-1 edge in games played in the Los Angeles area with the Buffaloes posting a 31-17 win in the lone series game played in the Rose Bowl in 2002. Last season, Colorado was 5-7 overall and posted a 2-6 mark in Big 12 Conf. play which was good for 5th place in the North Division.
In the 2003 contest, UCLA dropped a 16-14 decision in Boulder in Karl Dorrell's first game as head coach. CU took an early 7-0 lead and on UCLA's ensuing possession, quarterback Matt Moore was sidelined for the remainder of the contest after taking a blow to the knee. Drew Olson came on to throw two touchdown passes, one to Craig Bragg which tied the score at seven-all, and one late in the third quarter to Marcedes Lewis which pushed the Bruins into the lead at 14-10. Late in the fourth quarter, Colorado drove 63 yards to regain the lead, at 16-14 after the extra point was blocked, on a short touchdown pass with 2:15 remaining in the game. Following the kickoff, UCLA took over at it's own 10-yard line but was unable to sustain a drive. CU had 245 yards of total offense in the game, two more than the Bruins.
In 2002, Colorado outscored the Bruins 31-17 in a game played in Pasadena. The visitors jumped out to a 10-7 lead at the half. In the second half of action, the Buffaloes scored on their first four possessions (two touchdowns and two field goals) to take a 31-10 lead with 9:16 remaining in the game. UCLA scored a late touchdown on a Cory Paus to Craig Bragg pass. CU did not commit a turnover in the contest and accounted for 471 yards of offense, 325 on the ground.