Sept. 22, 2008
GAME 3 - UCLA (1-2, 0-1 in Pac-10 play) concludes its non-conference schedule when it plays host to Fresno State (2-1) on Sat., Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 24 by USA Today/ESPN and No. 25 by AP. The game will be televised regionally by ABC with Terry Gannon and David Norrie calling the action. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. The game also will be carried live on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 125). In addition, UCLA will produce a Spanish-language broadcast of the game which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com.
SERIES WITH FRESNO STATE - The Bruins and Bulldogs will meet for the eighth time on Saturday. UCLA leads the series by a 6-1 count. UCLA won the last regular season meeting between the two teams, 24-21, in the Rose Bowl in the 2000 season. Fresno State captured the last meeting in the series, a 17-9 verdict, played in the Silicon Valley Football Classic in San Jose, CA following the 2003 season. Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 1-0 record vs. Fresno State, playing the Bulldogs while head coach at Colorado.
In the last meeting, the Bulldogs pulled out a 17-9 win over UCLA in the Silicon Valley Football Classic on Dec. 30, 2003. Fresno scored the first 17 points of the game and led 17-7 at halftime. The Bruins scored on a Drew Olson to Craig Bragg 20-yard pass play with 20 seconds remaining on the first-half clock. UCLA took the second-half kickoff and drove to the Fresno State 29-yard line, but a 47-yard field goal attempt by Justin Medlock fell short. The Bruin defense held tough and UCLA blocked a Bulldog punt for a safety to close to within 17-9 at the 7:11 mark of the third quarter, but Fresno State was able to hang on for the win. In the last regular season meeting between the teams, UCLA earned a 24-21 win on Sept. 9, 2000 in the Rose Bowl. UCLA, leading 10-7 entering the fourth quarter, built a 24-7 lead with 8:49 to go thanks to a couple of DeShaun Foster touchdowns and then held off a Fresno State rally. Fresno opened the scoring in the game on a six-yard scoring pass by David Carr, after a fumbled snap of a Bruin punt attempt gave the Bulldogs possession on the UCLA six-yard line. UCLA tied the game on its next possession with Ryan McCann's 20-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell capping a 15-play, 83-yard drive. A Bruin field goal with 1:10 remaining in the half sent the teams to the locker rooms with UCLA holding a 10-7 edge. The Blue and Gold appeared to break the game open on the fourth-quarter runs by Foster (one and 49 yards). However, Fresno State then drove 77 and 62 yards on its next two possessions to narrow the margin to 24-21 with 5:00 to play. A fumble stopped the Bulldogs' final drive of the game. Foster finished with 140 yards on 29 carries to lead UCLA.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
- UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
- The Bruins have captured wins in 17 of the last 21 games (.810) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
- Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 25-8 (.758).
- UCLA has won 17 of its last 20 (.850) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2008: W Tennessee; 2007: L Notre Dame / W BYU; 2006: W Rice / W Utah; 2005: W Oklahoma / W Rice; 2004: W San Diego State / L Okla. State; 2003: W San Diego State / W Illinois; 2002: L Colorado / W Colorado State; 2001: W Ohio State; 2000: W Michigan, W Fresno State, W Alabama; 1999: W Fresno State / W Boise State; 1998: W Texas).
LINEUPS AND STARTS
- Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 32 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (26), linebacker Reggie Carter (23), wide receiver Marcus Everett (20) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts. Junior defensive back Alterraun Verner is the next closest with 15 career starts.
- Of the 11 offensive starters on offense versus Arizona, only two - OT Micah Kia and FB Trevor Theriot - had started more than one game at UCLA at his current position prior to this season.
- Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 12 straight. Senior tight end Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped against BYU when he sat out the game due to a broken foot. Senior center Micah Reed had a string of 10 straight snapped when he did not play versus Arizona (knee). Senior defensive end Tom Blake has the next longest active streak (8).
FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS
- Opponents have started 11 drives in UCLA territory this season (during regulation) and have totaled 52 points. Tennessee started one drive (U 26-yard line) in Bruin territory and it led to a UT punt. BYU began six drives (U 37, U 30, U 25, U 48, U 43, U 16-yard lines) in UCLA territory and came away with five touchdowns and a field goal for 38 points. Four of the BYU drives came after UCLA turnovers and a fifth came after a blocked field goal. The sixth came after UCLA turned the ball over on downs. Arizona started four drives (U48, U26, U42, U25) and scored two touchdowns for 14 points.
- UCLA is 23-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007.
- It is 13-28 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-2 (beat Tennessee, lost to BYU and Arizona) in 2008.
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
- UCLA has defeated three of its last five Top 10-ranked opponents.
- Won against Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
- Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
- Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006.
- Lost to Arizona State (No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
- Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007.
- In fact, UCLA has won six of its last seven home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and the loss to ASU (2007-9th).
- UCLA has played a total of 11 true freshmen so far this season. The Bruins played seven in the 2008 season-opening game against Tennessee --- LB Sean Westgate; S Rahim Moore; TE Cory Harkey; WR Taylor Embree; S; Tony Dye; WR Antwan Moutra; WR Nelson Rosario. RB Aundre Dean made his debut versus BYU. TB Derrick Coleman, OT Jeff Baca and DE Datone Jones debuted versus Arizona.
- A school-record 12 freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2004 season. (2007-2; 2006-8; 2005-9)
- In addition to the seven true freshmen listed above, 10 other Bruins saw their first action in the 2008 season-opening win against Tennessee --- redshirt sophomore OL Brandon Bennett; redshirt sophomore LB Mike Schmitt; redshirt sophomore DL Reginald Stokes; redshirt sophomore OL Sonny Tevaga; redshirt freshman DB Courtney Viney; redshirt freshman LB Steve Sloan; redshirt freshman LB Akeem Ayers; redshirt freshman OL Nate Chandler; redshirt freshman RB Raymond Carter. At Brigham Young, RB Aundre Dean, C Jake Dean, DL Justin Edison and S Garrett Rubio made their Bruin debuts. Against Arizona, TB Derrick Coleman, OT Jeff Baca and DE Datone Jones played for the first time.
- Six players made their first position starts --- S Aaron Ware; S Rahim Moore; OG Sonny Tevaga; OT Nick Ekbatani; QB Kevin Craft; WR Terrence Austin - versus Tennessee. At BYU, OG Darius Savage, TE Cory Harkey and LB Akeem Ayers made their first starts. Versus Arizona, WR Taylor Embree, C Jake Dean and LB Steve Sloan made their first starts.