Oct. 26, 2009
UCLA AT OREGON STATE
Kickoff at 1:00 p.m. (Delayed TV 3:30)
Bruins Have Won Last Three Games in Corvallis
GAME 8 -- UCLA (3-4, 0-4) remains on the road and plays at Oregon State (4-3, 2-2) on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. The UCLA ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook mikeside. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 155 on Sirius and 104 on XM). There will be no live television broadcast of this contest. Fox Sports Northwest will produce a delayed telecast that will be shown on FSN Prime Ticket in the Los Angeles area beginning at 3:30.
SERIES WITH OREGON STATE -- UCLA owns a 39-14-4 advatage in the series with Oregon State, which dates back to 1930. The Bruins own a 16-7-1 record in series games played in the state of Oregon and have won the last three played in Corvallis.
Oregon State captured the last meeting in the series, a 34-6 win last year in the Rose Bowl. That decision snapped a five-game series win streak by the Bruins. Coach Neuheisel is 3-2 overall, 0-1 while head coach at UCLA, versus the Beavers.
A year ago, the Bruins hosted the Beavers in game nine of the 2008 campaign. A strong second-half effort by the visiting Beavers, who totaled 31 points in the last two quarters, was too much for the Bruins to overcome. Both teams traded field goals in the first 15 minutes of play for the only scores of the first half. OSU came out of the break and put 14 unanswered points on the board to take a 17-3 lead with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter. UCLA tacked on a Kai Forbath field goal to make it 17-6 with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter. The Beavers went on to pick off two fourth quarter passes, with one leading to a touchdown drive and OSU doubled its scoring total in the final 15 minutes of play.
In the last game played in Corvallis (game 5 of 2007 season), the Bruins used a 28-point fourth quarter to earn a 40-14 win and go 3-0 in Pac-10 play at the time. Down 14-0 after the first quarter of play, a couple of Kai Forbath field goals brought the Bruins to within 14-6 at the break. A touchdown run by Kahlil Bell closed the deficit to 14-12 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. Back-to-back muffed kickoff returns by the Beavers led to 14 more UCLA points. A third kickoff was then fumbled out of bounds, but the Bruins forced a punt on that possession and blocked the kick to set up another score.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins were on the list of players "To Watch" for the major national post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player), Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Outland Trophy (interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Reggie Carter--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi; senior DE Korey Bosworth-- Rotary Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end); senior LB Kyle Bosworth--Rotary Lombardi; senior TE Ryan Moya--John Mackey Award (top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (top place kicker).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks second (tied) in kickoff returns (66), first in kickoff return yards (1,650), third in punt returns (80), 10th in all-purpose yards (3,546) and 20th in receptions (91).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 28 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in over the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been a perfect 28-28 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 16 kicks of this season (misses from 51 and 52) through the uprights. Overall, he has made 32 of his last 34 attempts (he had a string of 16 straight snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 19 of 21 this season and leads the NCAA with 2.71 field goals per game and his .905 percentage (14 or more attempts).
FRESH FRANKLIN -- Redshirt freshman running back Johnathan Franklin has recorded two 100-yard rushing games this season (Kansas State and Cal). 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.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off seven passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona) in the first seven games of the season. He is tied for No. 4 on UCLA's single-season list, four shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 10 in 19 career games. He is tied for the NCAA lead with his seven interceptions and 1.00 average and is second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.71).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior Ryan Moya's 72 career catches rank as the fifth-most ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 23.5 tackles for loss in his last 16 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford and 2.0 versus Oregon. He has 11.5 in seven games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 and T-eighth in the NCAA.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE -- Opponents have totaled 46 second-half drives in the first seven games of the season and have come away with just nine scores (Tennessee-FG, K-State-TD, Stanford-TD, FG, Oregon - TD,FG, California - FG, Arizona - 2 TD) for a total of 46 points. Fifteen of the 46 drives have resulted in a three-and-out for the opponent offense. Six other drives have been terminated by a Bruin interception. Twenty-two of the 46 drives have taken 2:08 or less off the clock. Twenty-three of the 46 drives have been for less than 10 yards.
IN THE SECOND PLACE -- The Bruin opponents have totaled 933 yards of offense in 242 second-half plays through the first seven games (3.86/play avg.). In the first half of action, the Bruin opponents have averaged 6.23/play on 1,445 yards in 232 plays.
YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE -- 30 players with freshmen or sophomore class standing saw action in the opener against San Diego State. The Bruins played a total of 18 freshmen (eight true freshmen and 10 redshirt) and 12 sophomores (six true sophomores and six redshirt sophomores) in the 2009 season opener. Redshirt freshman linebacker David Allen saw his first action at Tennessee and true freshmen Iuta Tepa and Brandon Sermons made their debuts versus Oregon to raise that number to 33 (21 freshmen, 12 soph.) for the season.
AT THE STARTING LINE
* Senior linebacker Reggie Carter leads the team with 38 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (33), cornerback Alterraun Verner (31), defensive tackle Brian Price (24) and defensive end Korey Bosworth (22) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts.
* Twelve positional players have made their first career starts this season. Seven (five offense - QB Kevin Price, TB Johnathan Franklin, OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, C Kai Maiava, OG Eddie Williams; two defense - DT Jerzy Siewierski, CB Aaron Hester) made their first career starts against San Diego State. In addition, Jeff Locke and H Danny Rees made their first starts. At Tennessee, CB Courtney Viney became the eighth positional player to make his first career start. CB Sheldon Price made his first start versus Kansas State and TE/WR Morrell Presley became the 10th when he started against Oregon. TB Christian Ramirez and LB Sean Westgate became the 11th and 12th positional players, respectively, to make their first career starts when they were in the lineup at Arizona.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose:34th in NCAA, 6th Pac-10(134.14); receptions/g: T-23rd Pac-10(2.71); ko ret.: 25th NCAA, 4th Pac-10(27.05); punt ret.:25th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(10.89)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: T-16th Pac-10 (3.43); receiv. yds:18th Pac-10 (43.71)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.71); scoring: 10th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (9.71); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (9.71)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 73rd NCAA, 9th Pac-10 (67.00); total off.: 17th Pac-10 (67.00)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (46.46)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:8th Pac-10 (7.29);TFL:7th Pac-10 (1.07); fumbles forced:T-5th Pac-10 (0.29)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-8th in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.64); sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.57)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: T-1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.00);passes def.:T-2nd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.71)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-25th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.43); tackles: T-24th Pac-10 (6.00)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: 7th in Pac-10 (7.43)
* Akeem Ayers -- sacks: T-19th in Pac-10 (0.29)
* David Carter -- sacks: T-19th in Pac-10 (0.29)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: 11th Pac-10 (0.93); sacks: T-19th in Pac-10 (0.29)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: T-8th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-24th Pac-10 (6.00)
Rushing Offense: 102nd in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (109.29)
Passing Offense: 90th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (186.86)
Total Offense: 109th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (296.14)
Scoring Offense: 106th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (20.00)
Rushing Defense: 83rd in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (159.43)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 27th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (109.13)
Total Defense: 47th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (339.71)
Scoring Defense: 51st in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (22.57)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 9th in Pac-10 (28.9%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 6th in Pac-10 (36.5%)
Red Zone Offense: 6th in Pac-10 (85.00%)
Red Zone Defense: 4th in Pac-10 (75.00%)
Turnover Margin: T-39th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (+0.43)
Kickoff Returns: 15th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (25.80)
Punt Returns: 40th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (10.89)
Net Punting: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (42.26)
Punt Return Defense: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (4.27)
Tackles For Loss: 13th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.71)
* UCLA has converted 17 of 20 (85.00%) Red Zone chances for 75 points (six touchdowns - two passing and four rushing - and 11 field goals).
* Opponents have converted 15 of 20 (75.00%) Red Zone opportunities for 79 points - nine touchdowns (two passing, seven running) and six field goals.
* UCLA has caused 16 turnovers (12 interceptions and four fumbles) which have led to 40 points (four tds and four fgs).
* UCLA has committed 13 turnovers (six interceptions, seven fumbles) and seven have been converted for 48 points (seven tds).