Sept. 28, 2009
The UCLA football team (3-0) heads north to Stanford (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) this Saturday as they open up Pac-10 play and look to continue their undefeated record. The game will be broadcast regionally on ABC at 12:30 pm with Dave Lamont and David Norrie calling the action. The UCLA/ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles fl agship 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 121 on Sirius). UCLA is the only unbeaten team in the Pac-10 Conference.
SERIES WITH STANFORD -- UCLA owns a 45-31-3 edge in the series with Stanford which dates back to 1925. The Bruins lead the series 19-18-2 in games played at Stanford. The Bruins have won the last fi ve meetings overall, including a 23-20 verdict a year ago in the Rose Bowl. The last series win by the Cardinal came at Stanford (21-14) in the 2003 season. 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 fi eld goal put UCLA ahead 16-14 at the 14:57 mark of the fourth quarter.The Cardinal answered with two fi eld 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.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins are on the list of players "To Watch" for the major post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Ronnie Lott Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (nation's 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 (nation's top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (nation's top place kicker).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks fourth in kickoff returns (51), fourth in punt returns (69), 18th in all-purpose yards (2,937) and 24th in receptions (81).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off fi ve passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee) in the fi rst three games of the season. The last Bruin to make more interceptions in a season is Larry Atkins, who had six in 1997. Moore now has eight in 15 career games. He leads the nation with his fi ve interceptions and 1.67 average and also leads the country in passes defensed (3.00).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior tight end Ryan Moya has 64 career catches which rank as the sixth-most catches ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 17 tackles for loss in his last 12 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee. He has 5.0 in three games in 2009.
PRINCE OUT -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince, who had started the first two Bruin games of the 2009 season, is expected to be out three to four weeks after an