BRUINS AT UTAH MEET ON THURSDAY — UCLA (3-0, 0-0 ranked #12 in the Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) will open Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday night Oct. 3 at Utah (3-1, 0-1. The game will kickoff at 7:05 p.m. PT and be televised by Fox Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher (play by play), Petros Papadakis (color), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Kristina Pink (field reporter) calling the action. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will air the contest on am 570 Fox Sports Radio or KTLK 1150am (depending on the Dodgers playoff schedule). The game will also be aired on SIRIUS (Ch. 110), XM (Ch. 191).
BRUINS VS. UTAH — The Bruins lead the series, 9-2. Utah’s wins have each come in Salt Lake City (2011, 2007). The teams played in the snow in the 2011 season (Nov. 12), and the Utes prevailed by a score of 31-6. Utah led 7-3 at the half, but scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and began to open the game up. Utah upended an 11th-ranked Bruin team in 2007, 44-6.
The Bruins captured last year’s meeting (game 7 of the season) in the Rose Bowl by a score of 21-14. UCLA jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead (scoring on a Brett Hundley 12-yard run after an Andrew Abbott interception and a Shaq Evans 64-yard pass from Hundley) and made it 21-7 on a short dash by Johnathan Franklin in the third quarter. Utah scored a late touchdown to narrow the final margin to seven.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
UCLA opened up a 45-0 lead against New Mexico State and went on to post a 59-13 win. The Bruins had ended the Nebraska game by outscoring the home squad 38-0 over the final 37 minutes of the contest and thus had scored 83 straight points before NMSU connected on a fourth quarter scoring pass. Jordon James ran for a career-best 164 yards, including nine carries for 101 yards in the third quarter alone. UCLA produced a school-record total of 692 yards offense in the contest (394 in the air by three qbs).
**The Bruins are ranked first in the nation in third down conversion % (.680), 2nd in the nation in total offense (614.3), 3rd in the nation in scoring (52.7), after the school record 692-yard performance vs. NMSU
**Indiv. National Ranking Highlights - RB Jordon James is ranked fifth in the nation in rushing this week (141.3); LB Anthony Barr is tied for first in the nation in forced fumbles at 1.0/g; Barr is ranked 10th in TFLs 1.7/g; DE Keenan Graham is 12th in sacks 1.0/g; WR Shaq Evans is fourth in punt returns 24.5 yds/ret
**Linebacker Anthony Barr has at least 0.5 TFL in each of his games played on defense (17) during his UCLA career
**Redshirt soph. QB Brett Hundley racked up 313 yards of total offense vs. New Mexico State. It marked his eighth career 300-yard total offense game and third in a row which matches the school record streak he set last season (Nebraska-358, Oregon St.-404, Houston-318).
Most Career 300-yd total offense games- Cade McNown12, Hundley 8, Drew Olson 5, Tom Ramsey 5
**In the second half of games this season, Hundley has completed 26 of 33 passes (79%) for 369 yards and five touchdowns, one interception. He completed all eight of his attempts in the second half at Nebraska, three for touchdowns.
**UCLA has outscored its opponents 62-0 in the third quarter of its first three games; it outscored opponents 83-0 from late in the second quarter at Nebraska through the third quarter against New Mexico State.
**UCLA tied the school record for most true freshman playing in a season (17) in the NMSU contest ... It played 15 in the 2013 opener; UCLA played 26 total freshmen in 2012 -- 12 true and 14 redshirt freshmen.
**Running back Jordon James rushed for a career-best 164 yards in his third straight 100-yard performance of the season. James opened with 156 yards on 21 carries (Nevada) and then backed that up with a 105-yard effort on a career-high 22 carries against Nebraska. The last back with more than three straight 100-yard games was Tyler Ebell (6) in 2002.
**The last time UCLA opened a season with more than three straight wins was in the 2005 season (8-0, finished 10-2); UCLA did win five straight games in the middle of the 2012 season, its longest win streak since 2005
**Hundley finished the NMSU game with 280 passing yards to up his career total to 4,588, good for eighth on the all-time UCLA passing yards list. Wayne Cook sits at seventh all-time with 4,723 career passing yards.
**In recent years, UCLA has opened a season with at least three straight wins in the 2013, 2012 (3-0), 2009 (3-0), 2005 (8-0), 2001 (6-0), 1998 (10-0) seasons
**Junior LB Eric Kendricks’ 20 straight starts is the longest active streak on the team... His150 tackles in 2012 were the most by a Bruin since 1978 (Jerry Robinson 161 in 1978)
**Hundley has also moved past the 5,000-yard mark in total offense (5,100) and into eighth on the all-time school list (seventh is Troy Aikman at 5,294).
**UCLA is 5-2 in true road games under Coach Mora...Last year, the Bruins won as many as four road games in a season for the first time since 2002 (4-2 on road in 2012)
**UCLA has started two true freshmen (Alex Redmond at OG, Myles Jack at OLB) in the last two games - In 2012, it started at least four freshmen on offense in all but the Holiday Bowl and as many as seven on offense vs. Utah.
**Senior defensive end Cassius Marsh’s blocked field goal vs. NMSU was the 10th kick blocked by the Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach
**The New Mexico St. game was the 19th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent under 20 points
**Soph placekicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has connected on 12 straight field goal attempts from 35 yards and in
**16 different receivers caught at least one pass v. New Mexico State and 12 different receivers accomplished the feat v. Nevada
**UCLA put up a school-record total of 692 yards of total offense after racking up 504 yards of offense at Nebraska and recording 647 yards of offense vs. Nevada...It had not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any three-game stretch during a season, prior to the 2012 season (complete records date back to 1965 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games, with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2013 3 (Nevada=647/Nebraska=504/New Mex. St.=692); 2012 (4-Rice=646/Nebraska=653/Houston=567/Arizona=611); 2005 (3g); 1998 (5g); 1996 (3g); 1991 (4g); 1987 (3g); 1986 (4g); 1976 (5g); 1973 (5g) (dating back to 1965)
**UCLA is wearing a No. 36 patch on its uniform to honor the memory of Nick Pasquale, a redshirt freshman receiver from San Clemente, CA, who passed away in a tragic accident on Sept. 8.
**UCLA has won 16 of its last 21 games when winning the turnover battle (.762) and owns a 16-31 record in its last 47 games (.340) when losing or tying the turnover ratio (beat Nevada and NMSU despite losing TO battle 1-0/3-2, tied with NU 1-1)
** The win against #23/15 Nebraska was the first against a ranked opponent on the road since the Bruins upset No. 7 Texas, in Austin, on Sept. 25, 2010
**UCLA has won 12 of its last 13 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (3-0 in 2012)
** UCLA erased an 18-point deficit to beat Nebraska in Lincoln. The 18-point deficit ties for the seventh largest deficit overcome in Bruin history. The most is a 22-point deficit against Northwestern in the 2005 Sun Bowl.
**Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to ever throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games (305 Nebraska/320 Houston/372 Oregon St.). He is the third to total at least four, 300-yard games in a season.
Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 -1998, Tom Ramsey 4 -1982, Hundley 4 - 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Cory Paus 7, Hundley 4, Drew Olson 4, Tommy Maddox 4, Troy Aikman 4, Tom Ramsey 4
**Hundley established several school records during the course of the 2012 season --- single-season total offense: Hundley 4,095 – old record 3,652 by Cade McNown in 1998; single-season passing yardage: Hundley 3,740 – old record 3,470 by Cade McNown in 1998; single-season completions: Hundley 318 – old record 242 by Drew Olson in 2005
**Only one Bruin head coach won as many games in his first season at UCLA as Jim Mora (9) – Terry Donahue, 1976
MID-WEEK GAMES — UCLA will play this season at Utah on a Thursday night and at home versus Washington on a Friday night.
Last season, UCLA opened the season with a win at Rice on a Thursday evening. In 2011, it played at Arizona on a Thursday evening. In the 2010 season, the Bruins played three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon (Th.), Nov. 18 at Washington (Th.) and (Fri.) Nov. 26 at Arizona State.
Prior to 2010, the last time the Bruins played a regular-season non-Saturday game was Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Arizona State, dropping a 34-9 decision. The Bruins also played a Monday night game that year, defeating Tennessee, 27-24 in overtime on Labor Day night (Aug. 30). Before 2008, UCLA had not played on a week night since Thurs., Sept. 30, 1993, a 52-13 victory at San Diego State. The Bruins also played at San Diego State on Thurs., Sept. 26, 1991 (won, 37-12).
The most recent regular season home game played on a Friday was against Arizona on Oct. 27, 1978.
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BRUINS IN THE POLLS — UCLA was last as high as 12th in the Associated Press rankings during the week of Sept. 10, 2007 when it was listed 11th. It moved as high as 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll last season. UCLA was last in the top ten of the Associated Press poll in the 2005 season when it peaked at No. 7 during a 10-2 campaign and last in the top five in the 2001 season when it spent two weeks at No. 4 after winning its first six games.
2013 AP: Pre-Season-21st; Sept. 3-18th; Sept. 9-16th; Sept. 15-13th; Sept. 22-13th; Sept. 29-12th;
2013 USA Today Coaches: Pre-Season-21st; Sept. 3-18th; Sept. 9-17th; Sept. 15-15th; Sept. 22-14th; Sept. 29-13th;
2012 AP: Pre-Season-NA; Sept. 2-NA; S9-22nd; S16-19th; S 23-NA(27th); S30-25th; Oct.7-NA; O14-NA;O21-NA(T34th); O28-25th; Nov.4-17th;N11-17th; N18-15th; N25-17th; D2-17th; unranked in final poll.
2012 USA Today Coaches: Pre-Season-NA; S2-NA; S9-23rd; S16-19th; S23-NA(31st); S30-NA(28th); O7-NA; O14-NA; O21-NA (39th); O28-NA(27th); N4-19th; N11-16th; N18-16th; N25-16th; D2-19th; unranked in final poll.
2012 BCS: O14-NA; O21-NA; O28-NA; N4-18th; N11-17th; N18-17th; N25-16th; D2-17th.
COMING UP — UCLA will return home on Saturday, Oct. 12 to host California in the Pac-12 Conference home opener.