Sept. 26, 2011
Head football coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media on Monday to preview this week's Stanford football game.
To see his comments, click here
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UCLA (2-2, 1-0) will remain on the road this week and play on Saturday, Oct. 1 at No. 4 (USA Today)/ 6 (Associated Press)-ranked Stanford (3-0, 1-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised by Fox Sports Net (Prime Ticket in the Southern California area) with Joel Meyers and Brian Baldinger in the booth along with Jim Knox 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. 85).
UCLA leads Stanford 45-33-3 in a series which dates back to 1925. The series is even at 19-19-2 in games played at Stanford. In last year's conference opener for both teams, the then No. 25-ranked Cardinal shut out the Bruins 35-0. Stanford led 13-0 at the half and used two late third-quarter scores (in nine seconds total time) to pull away. The Bruins have split the last four meetings with Stanford and have won two of the last three contests played on the Farm (2007, 2005). The two teams have played some memorable games in recent years, including a Bruin overtime win in 2005 and a last-second UCLA victory in 2008.
In 2005, UCLA overcame a 21-point fourth quarter deficit to top the Cardinal in extra time. Stanford led 24-3 with 8:26 remaining on the clock. Maurice Drew ran it in from six yards out with 7:04 to play to cap off a 65-yard drive. After UCLA's defense forced a Stanford three-and-out, quarterback Drew Olson needed just 34 seconds to move the team 72 yards, with Joe Cowan scoring on a 31-yard reception to make it 24-17 with 4:43 on the clock. Stanford was forced to punt and UCLA took over on its own 34-yard line with 2:30 remaining to play. On a third-and-five, Olson found Marcedes Lewis for 20 yards to the Stanford 41-yard line. Two consecutive pass interference calls moved the ball to the Cardinal 14. On fourth-and-one at the six-yard line, Olson found Cowan at the one for a first down and Drew ran it in on the next play to tie the score with 46 seconds on the clock. In overtime, Stanford kicked a 42-yard field goal after Justin Hickman recorded his third sack of the contest on a third-and-three situation at the 18-yard line. On the second play of UCLA's possession, Olson found Brandon Breazell in the left corner of the end zone for a 23-yard game-winning touchdown.
In 2008, UCLA used a last-second, seven-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Craft to tight end Cory Harkey to hand the Bruins the win. After Stanford jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead, the Bruins scored first in the second half. Craft connected on a two-yard scoring pass to Terrence Austin to narrow the margin to a single point. A Kai Forbath field goal put UCLA up 16-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Cardinal answered with two field goals to take a 20-16 lead with 2:31 left. The Bruin two-minute offense produced the game-winning pass from Craft to Harkey with ten seconds showing on the clock.
*** Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel and Stanford head coach David Shaw spent a year coaching together with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. Neuheisel coached the quarterbacks while Shaw mentored the Baltimore wide receivers.
***UCLA is ranked 28th nationally in rushing offense (214.00) and will face a Stanford defense which is the national leader in rush defense (36.00 yards per game)
***UCLA is ranked tied for 17th in the nation in sacks allowed (three, 0.75); Stanford leads the nation with 10.33 tackles for loss per game
***The last seven times UCLA has captured its first conference game of the season it has gone on to become bowl eligible --2010-L Stanford;2009-L at Stanford;2008-L Arizona;2007-W at Stanford ---- Las Vegas Bowl; 2006-L at Washington; 2005- W Washington ---Sun Bowl;2004-W at Washington ---Las Vegas Bow; 2003-W Washington --- Silicon Valley Classic; 2002-W at Oregon State --- Las Vegas Bowl; 2001-W at Oregon State --- bowl eligible, but did not go to bowl; 2000-L at Oregon;1999-L at Stanford;1998-W Washington State --- Rose Bowl
***Wide receiver Nelson Rosario has the team lead with 15 catches; he joined the top 20 lists all-time at UCLA in both receptions (t20th) and receiving yards (20th) in the game at Oregon State (see chart in bio for details).
***Running back Derrick Coleman had his third career 100-yard rushing game (100) at Oregon State and second of this season; his 20 carries were a career-high total
***UCLA is now 12-0 under coach Rick Neuheisel when holding the opposition under 20 points in a game
***Quarterback Richard Brehaut has rushed for 140 yards this season and has a 4.1 per carry average...he totaled 61 yards rushing a year ago.
*** Senior Taylor Embree has 125 career catches which rank 9th on UCLA's all-time school list (No. 8 is Marcedes Lewis). Embree is 13th on the receiving yards list at 1,653 (Jojo Townsell No. 12 - 1,773).
*** UCLA has defeated four of its last eight Top 10-ranked opponents.
+ Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006
+ Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
+ Lost to Arizona St.(No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
+ Defeated Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
+ Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007
+ Lost to USC (No. 5 AP, No. 5 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 6, 2008
+ Won at Texas (No. 7 AP, No. 4 USA Today) on Sept. 25, 2010
+ Lost at Oregon (No. 1 AP, No. 1 USA Today) on Oct. 21, 2010
* UCLA's 34-12 win at Texas on Sept. 25 was its first road victory over a ranked team (AP) since Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7). UCLA's last road victory over a Top10 school (AP) had been Oct. 10, 1998 at #10 Arizona (52-28).