Sept. 6, 2010
UCLA BEGINS PAC-10 SLATE BY HOSTING STANFORD
Kickoff at 7:30 PT on Sept. 11 on ESPN
Bruins home Sept. 18 to Houston
GAME 2 -- UCLA (0-1) welcomes Pac-10 rival Stanford (1-0) to the Rose Bowl on Sat. Sept. 11 (UCLA played its first home game in the Rose Bowl on Sept. 11, 1982 vs. Long Beach State) in the Bruins' home opener. It will be the conference-opener for each team. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard and Mike Bellotti in the booth. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin ISP Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest. The game will also be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (127 SIRIUS). In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruins website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
UCLA leads the series with Stanford by a count of 45-32-3 after dropping a 24-16 decision on the Farm last season. Rick Neuheisel owns a 4-1 coaching record in games vs. Stanford. Last year's Cardinal win snapped a five-game Bruins win streak in the series. UCLA has won the last six games in the series played in the Rose Bowl, dating back to the 1996 season when Stanford captured a 21-20 victory.
In last year's game, Stanford came away with a 24-16 win. The Cardinal took a 14-6 halftime lead on a pair of scoring runs by Toby Gerhart. A third Gerhart rushing touchdown and a field goal handed the host team a 24-6 advantage leading into the fourth quarter. Johnathan Franklin scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin to 24-13. A field goal by Kai Forbath made the score 24-16 with 4:16 to play. Kevin Prince did not play in the contest as he was still recovering from a broken jaw suffered in the game at Tennessee. The Bruins also lost defensive playmaker Rahim Moore during the first half of the game after he left the field with concussion-like symptoms.
The last time the two schools played at the Rose Bowl, a Kevin Craft scoring pass to Cory Harkey with 10 seconds left gave the Bruins a dramatic victory in game seven of the 2008 season. UCLA trailed 14-6 at the half before Craft connected with Terrence Austin on a two-yard scoring pass to narrow the gap to a single point. A field goal put UCLA ahead 16-14 at the 14:57 mark of the fourth quarter. The Cardinal answered with two field goals to take a 20-16 lead with 2:31 left in the game. The Bruin two-minute drill was capped off by a seven-yard scoring pass from Craft to Harkey. The UCLA defense held Stanford to 51 yards passing on the day. Craft threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns.
CONFERENCE OPENERS -- Since it began Pac-10 play in 1978, the Bruins have played just four conference games earlier than this year's Sept. 11 Stanford date. UCLA won at Stanford on Sept. 1, 2007 (45-17); lost at Washington State on August 30, 1997 (34-37); lost v. Cal on Sept. 4, 1993 (25-27); won at Washington on Sept. 9, 1978 (10-7).
The last time the Bruins opened the home schedule with a Pac-10 conference game was on Sept. 4, 1993 in that Cal game. UCLA went on to tie for first in the league and advance to the Rose Bowl game that season after finishing the 1992 campaign with a 6-5 record and in eighth place in the conference standings.
The Bruins have gone 6-4 in conference openers (2-1 at home) since 2000 (2000-L at Oregon, 2001-W at Oregon St., 2002-W at Oregon St., 2003-W v. Washington, 2004-W at Washington, 2005-W v. Washington, 2006-L at Washington, 2007-W at Stanford, 2008-L v. Arizona, 2009-L at Stanford).
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Former UCLA receiver Mike Young is the Honorary Captain for tonight's game. Young lettered four seasons in football (1981-84) and two as an outfielder on the baseball team (1982-83). In football, he compiled career stats of 59 catches for 967 yards and nine touchdowns for a 16.4 yards per catch average. Young played on two Pac-10 title teams, a pair of Rose Bowl championship teams and one Fiesta Bowl winner. In baseball he hit .298 with five home runs and 54 RBIs and 22 stolen bases, including an impressive 10 for 10 thefts in 1982. Young enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the Rams, Broncos, Eagles and Chiefs and caught 144 passes for 2,034 yards and 14 touchdowns in 115 games. Considered one of the NFL's most reliable third-down receivers in his prime, Young led the Broncos in receiving in 1991. Young has spent the majority of his post-NFL career working in the front offices of several professional teams, among them the Broncos for whom he served 13 years. Currently, he is the Chief Revenue Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position he has held since May of 2009. Young and his wife Jill live in the Los Angeles area and have three daughters.
WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were on the list of players "To Watch" for the major national post-season awards: junior FS Rahim Moore -- Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Bronco Naguski Trophy (best defensive player), Bednarik Award (best defensive player) Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Akeem Ayers--Lott Trophy, Naguski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award (best linebacker), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior PK Kai Forbath-Groza Award (top place kicker); junior C Kai Maiava-Rimington Trophy (best center).
FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 40 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in during the past three seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon in 2008, Forbath has been a perfect 40-40 on field goal attempts from inside 50 yards. He made his last 12 from that range in 2008, sent all 25 kicks of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights and is three for three this year.
Overall, he has made 44 of his last 47 attempts (a string of 16 straight was snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He was 28 of 31 last season and No. 1 in the nation with 2.15 field goals per game. He was second with his .903 percentage (23 or more attempts).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Junior free safety Rahim Moore picked off an NCAA-leading 10 passes in 2009 (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Temple) in 13 games last season. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 13 thefts in 26 career games. His 10 interceptions in `09 were the most by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2003 and he was second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.31).
GOOD HANDS TEAM -- Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario has made 33 catches for 555 yards in his last seven games for an average of 16.8 yards per catch. Junior wide receiver Taylor Embree has caught 35 balls for 469 yards over the last 10 contests for an average of 13.4 yards per catch.
PRINCE 300 -- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince threw for at least 300 yards in three games (California, Oregon State, Washington State) in the 2009 season. He is the second freshman in school history to do so (Tommy Maddox did it three times in 1990). Prince's 390 yards of total offense versus Washington State ranks No. 9 (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and No. 2 among freshmen, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC in 1990.
100 FRANKLIN -- Redshirt sophomore running back Johnathan Franklin recorded two 100-yard rushing games in 2009 (Kansas State-119 and Cal-101). Only one player in school history has totaled more than two 100-yard rushing games during his freshman season. Tyler Ebell had six 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Other Bruin freshman backs with two 100-yard games include: DeShaun Foster - 1998, Skip Hicks - 1993, Eric Ball - 1985, Gaston Green - 1984, Kevin Nelson - 1980.
YOUNG BRUINS -- The tentative depth chart lists just six senior position starters -- right tackle Micah Kia, right guard Eddie Williams, center Ryan Taylor, left guard Darius Savage, left tackle Sean Sheller and defensive tackle David Carter. These six seniors entered the 2010 season with a combined total of 31 career starts, 15 by Kia, eight by Savage, six by Williams and two by Taylor.
Against Kansas State, the Bruin defense opened with just four players who started more than one game in 2009.
FROSH / SOPHS -- Twenty-five of the 51 Bruins who played in the opener at Kansas State are either freshmen or sophomores;
four true freshmen (F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, LB Jared Koster, DT Cassius Marsh);
five redshirt freshmen (TE Jayson Allmond, LB Isaiah Bowens, DE Keenan Graham, WR Ricky Marvray, S Stan McKay);
six true sophomores (WR Randall Carroll, S Dalton Hilliard, F Morrell Presley, CB Sheldon Price, DE Iuta Tepa, F/CB Damien Thigpen);
ten redshirt sophomores (CB Andrew Abbott, LB David Allen, DT Donovan Carter, TE Joseph Fauria, TB Johnathan Franklin, CB Aaron Hester, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore, P Jeff Locke, QB Kevin Prince).
In 2009, thirty-six players (24 freshmen, 12 soph.) such players saw action in the 2009 season.
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 11 players who made their UCLA debuts in the opener versus Kansas State, by class:
*four true freshmen - F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, DT Cassius Marsh, LB Jared Koster (special teams),
*five redshirt freshmen - WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, LB Isaiah Bowens, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams)
*one redshirt sophomore - TE Joseph Fauria
*one junior - WR/KR Josh Smith
FIRST STARTS -- Five positional players made their first career starts in the 2010 season opener -- DT Justin Edison, DT David Carter, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore and OT Sean Sheller. In addition, DE Nate Chandler made his first start on defense.
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 the following sponsors: Thompson National Properties, LLC, Shannon and Andy Meyers and Bar One Catering. 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 ISP 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 ISP Sports Network feed is also carried nationally on Sirius XM Satellite radio with longtime voice of the Bruins Chris Roberts joining Cook and Stevens.
--Jumbo Screen Televisions
--Bruin Kids Club
--Interactive Entertainment & Activities
--Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent
The UCLA Fan Zone opens four (4) hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE!
Beginning October 2, 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 beverages 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 Fun Zone link.
UCLA FAN ZONE REFRESHMENTS
The Fan Zone also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants on a season basis: American Pretzel, Baja Grill, Carl's Jr., Teri & Yaki, Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Pizza Square, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ and Bristol Farms. The following food trucks are committed for one game each: The Sweets Truck (9/11), Kabob and Roll (9/18), Nam-Nam Truck (10/2), Nana Queen's (10/30), Fishlips Sushi (11/6) and Frysmith. (12/4).
The Alumni Band will also be performing in the Fan Zone.
This will be the first game in the history of UCLA where the UCLA head coach will wear even a stitch of red on his sideline wear. (The entire coaching staff and non-performing players are scheduled to wear it too.). Because of the significance of the 9/11 game, UCLA will have a brief tribute commemorating 9/11 and the coaches will wear a shirt with UCLA outlined in red, white and blue in a flag design. There will also be a color guard presentation during the National Anthem celebrating Patriots Day.
Team posters will be given away upon entry to the first 10,000 fans wearing UCLA Blue. The title of the poster is "Come Together," the primary theme for this year's football team. The Beatles' song "Come Together" will be played in-stadium at each home game this year, as requested by Coach Neuheisel.
Collector pins commemorating the 2010 season will be provided to all Bruin season ticket holders upon entry.