Oct. 22, 2007
Sophomore cornerback Alterraun Verner and freshman kicker Kai Forbath have been named U.S. Pac-10 Players of the Week for their performances in UCLA's upset win over Cal last Saturday. The Bruins have had a player earn weekly honors in five of the seven games UCLA has played this season. Oregon's Jonathan Stewart joined the two Bruins with weekly honors as he was rewarded for his offensive play against UW.
Verner was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week after several pivotal defensive plays during the game. He had two interceptions, including one returned 76 yards for a touchdown with 1:33 remaining in the game to clinch the win. Verner also made six tackles, three solo, including two tackles for loss and broke up three passes. The UCLA defense limited high-powered California to just 67 yards rushing and 299 yards total offense while forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions returned for 111 yards and Verner's touchdown.
Forbath was a perfect three-for-three on field goal attempts, connecting from 32, 28 and 27 yards. The final field goal with 3:08 remaining in the game proved to be the game-winning score. Forbath, who becomes the third different Bruin to earn special teams player of the week this season, also was perfect on three PAT attempts.