Nov. 28, 2012
The 17th/16th-ranked Bruins (9-3) took the field this morning to continue preparations for the Pac-12 Conference Championship game on Friday at Stanford. The contest will kick off at 5:20 p.m. PT and be televised by FOX. The championship contest will be radio broadcast in the Los Angeles area by the Bruin IMG Network on am570.
Bruin Notes ---- UCLA is the Pac-12 South Champion for the second straight season. The Bruins are ranked fifth in the nation in sacks (3.5/g). Quarterback Brett Hundley is second on the all-time school touchdown passes in a season list after throwing for his 26th of the season last week against the Cardinal (Drew Olson, 2005 is No. 1 - 34). Hundley's eight rushing touchdowns rank tied for sixth on that list with Rick Bashore, 1978 (No. 1 are John Sciarra, 1975 and Gary Beban, 1965 with 14). He has completed 70% of his passes over the last five games with 12 touchdown passes, three interceptions.
Johnathan Franklin ranks ninth in the nation in rushing (125.5). He needs 18 all-purpose yards to break Maurice Jones-Drew's school record of 4,688 career all-purpose yards. Franklin needs 65 yards rushing to tie Karim Abdul-Jabbar for the school single-season rushing record (1,571 in 1995).
Anthony Barr is ranked tied for eighth in the nation in sacks (1.0) and tied for ninth in the nation in tackles for loss (1.58). Sophomore linebacker Eric Kendricks leads the Pac-12 in tackles (10.6 avg.) and ranks 11th in the NCAA. He has recorded 70 tackles in his last five games.
Senior punter Jeff Locke has placed 20 punts this season at or inside the 10-yard line. Only one head coach has won as many games in his first season at UCLA as Jim Mora; Terry Donahue captured nine victories in the 1976 season. Senior Y receiver Joseph Fauria has caught a pass in 20 straight games; he is tied for fifth on the all-time UCLA touchdown receptions list (19) and is tied for second on the all-time season list (11).