BRUINS HOST CAL ON SATURDAY IN ROSE BOWL — UCLA (4-0, 1-0 ranked #11 in the Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) will play its first Pac-12 home game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. California (1-4, 0-2). The game will kickoff at 7:36 p.m. PT and be televised by ESPN2 with Mike Patrick (play by play), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (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. 92), XM (Ch. 194).
BRUINS VS. CAL — The Bruins lead the series, 50-32-1. This is the highest a Bruin team has been ranked going into the annual battle with Cal since the fourth-ranked 2001 Bruin squad tamed the Golden Bears 56-17 in the Rose Bowl. UCLA has captured five of the last six meetings played in the Rose Bowl (Cal 45-26 win in ‘09).
The last time the teams met in the Rose Bowl, UCLA earned a 31-14 win on Oct. 29, 2011. Derrick Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, and Tevin McDonald picked off three Cal passes in the victory. UCLA scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead at the break. Cal closed to 17-14, but UCLA turned two McDonald thefts into Coleman scoring runs to pull away.
UCLA was ranked #25 prior to last year’s meeting in Berkeley on Oct. 6, 2012. Cal took advantage of six Bruin turnovers, including four interceptions, to pull off a 43-17 win, after leading 16-7 at the half. UCLA trailed 29-17 early in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
**The Bruins are ranked 3rd in the nation in third down conversion % (.580), 4th in the nation in total offense (561.8), 5th in the nation in scoring (48.0)
**Indiv. National Ranking Highlights - LB Anthony Barr is 2nd in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.75/g; Barr is ranked 6th in TFLs 2.0/g; DE Keenan Graham is 9th in sacks 1.0/g; WR Shaq Evans is fourth in punt returns 19.6 yds/ret; LB Jordan Zumwalt is 9th in the nation in forced fumbles 0.5/g; LB Myles Jack is 11th in the nation in passes defensed 1.8/g
**In records dating back to 1960, no UCLA player had ever previously run for a score, thrown for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass in a single game as Brett Hundley did at Utah
**Linebacker Anthony Barr has at least 0.5 TFL in each of his games played on defense (18) during his UCLA career...3.0 last week at Utah
**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
**UCLA has outscored its opponents 65-0 in the third quarter of its first four games; it outscored opponents 83-0 from late in the second quarter at Nebraska through the third quarter against New Mexico State.
**UCLA’s six interceptions at Utah were the most since it recorded a like total in a 1987 win over Stanford. The school mark is 10 set in a 1978 win at California.
**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; 15 redshirt freshmen have also seen action. UCLA played 26 total freshmen in ‘12 -- 12 true / 14 redshirt freshmen.
**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
**In recent years, UCLA has opened a season with at least four straight wins in ‘05 (8-0), ‘01 (6-0), ‘98 (10-0)
**UCLA is 6-2 in true road games (2-0 in ‘13) 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)
**Junior LB Eric Kendricks’ 21 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)
**Soph placekicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has connected on 13 straight field goal attempts from 35 yards and in
**UCLA has started two true freshmen (Alex Redmond at OG, Myles Jack at OLB) in the last three 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 DE Cassius Marsh’s blocked FG vs. NMSU was 10th kick blocked by Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach
**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.
**UCLA has won 13 of its last 14 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (1-0 in ‘13, 3-0 in ‘12)
**Hundley finished the Utah game with 211 passing yards to up his career total to 4,799, good for 7th on the all-time UCLA passing yards list. Troy Aikman (1987-88) sits at 6th all-time with 5,298 career passing yards.
**Hundley ranks 6th in total offense (5,396) with Tommy Maddox (1990-91) sitting at 5th (5,482) and Tom Ramsey (1979-82) at 4th (6,255).
**The New Mexico St. game was the 19th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent under 20 points
**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 17 of its last 22 games when winning the turnover battle (76%) and owns a 16-31 record in its last 47 games (34%) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
** 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 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
Four-year letterman (1995-98) Cheyane Caldwell is today’s honorary captain. Caldwell played fullback and linebacker for the Bruins under coaches Terry Donahue and Bob Toledo. He was a member of teams that won or shared two conference championships and earned a school record 20 consecutive wins. He also played in three bowl games: the ‘95 Aloha Bowl, the ‘98 Cotton Bowl and the ‘99 Rose Bowl. He earned his BA in Sociology in ‘99 and his MA in Education in ‘00. In 2007, Caldwell survived a fall while battling a major emergency fire as a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He had crashed through the roof of a building and landed in the middle of the inferno. He was saved when the captain of his unit sprayed water through the opening in which Caldwell had fallen. Today, Caldwell is a Captain with the LAFD, serving in its In-Service Training section. He and his wife Nohemi, also a UCLA graduate, who now works as an emergency room physician, have an infant son, Cheyane Joaquin.
On Saturday, the Rose Bowl Operating Company will officially dedicate the press box at the Rose Bowl Stadium as the Terry Donahue Pavilion in a tribute to the most successful football coach in UCLA football and Pac-8/10 (now 12) Conference history.
Donahue, who compiled a 151-74-8 record as UCLA’s head coach from 1976-1995, was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Additionally, in 2008, he received the Edward A. Dickson (UCLA) Alumnus of the Year for “Outstanding achievement in his professional field, in service to his community, in public service and in service to the University.”
As a 195-pound defensive lineman on the 1965 UCLA team that upset heavily-favored USC, then took down top-ranked Michigan State in the 1966 Rose Bowl game, Donahue was the personification of the “gutty little Bruin.” After graduating, Donahue returned to the program under Pepper Rodgers and also served as an assistant under Dick Vermiel on the 1976 Rose Bowl championship team that beat Ohio State. He succeeded Vermiel that same year. That began a 20-year stint in which Donahue brought UCLA into college football’s elite. His Bruin teams played in three Rose Bowls (1983, 1984 and 1986). Donahue owns the most conference wins of any coach in Pac-10 history (98) and the most wins in UCLA history (151). He also owns a 10-9-1 record vs. USC.
Under Donahue’s tutelage, UCLA produced 34 first-team All-Americans and had 14 players selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Besides his Rose Bowl and College Football Hall of Fame inductions, Donahue is enshrined in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (2001) and the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame (2005).
HALL OF FAME CLASS
On Saturday, UCLA Athletics will also recognize the 2013 Hall of Fame class at halftime. This year’s inductees are: Mohini Bhardwaj (gymnastics), Carlos Bocanegra (men’s soccer), Fred Bohna (wrestling), Eric Byrnes (baseball), Yvonne Gutierrez (softball), Don Johnson (men’s basketball), Maylana Martin Douglas (women’s basketball) and Nandi Pryce (women’s soccer).
THIS AND THAT ABOUT THE BRUINS — Linebacker Eric Kendricks(#6) is the son of former Bruin, Marv Kendricks, who led UCLA in rushing in 1970 and 1971; Eric’s brother, Mychal, is a former linebacker at Cal who is now in the NFL ... OT Xavier Su’a-Filo (#56) spent the 2010 and 2011 on an LDS mission in Alabama and Florida during which time he learned the Spanish language ... LB Anthony Barr’s(#11) dad, Tony Brooks, was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in the 1992 draft after playing at Notre Dame ... Reserve fullback Luke Gane(#49) underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in high school to help overcome a rare blood disorder (aplastic anemia) ... Y receiver Darius Bell’s(#3) brother Kahlil, a former Bruin running back, played in the NFL in 2012 with the Chicago Bears and NY Jets ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Porter’s (#42) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the 49ers’ Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Running back Malcolm Jones’(#28) brother, Marshall, played defensive back at USC ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons’(#25) brother, Rodney, played for USC (‘94-97) ... Brett Hundley’s(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back at the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a direct coaching tie to the NFL - head coach Jim Mora - 25 seasons with San Diego 1985-91, New Orleans 1992-96, San Francisco 1997-2003, Atlanta 2004-06, Seattle 2007-09; receivers coach Eric Yarber - 5 seasons with Tampa Bay 2010-11, San Francisco 2003-04, Seattle 1998; Defensive Coord. Lou Spanos - 17 seasons with Washington 2010-11, Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teams and Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich - 2 seasons with Seattle 2010-11; Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone - 3 seasons with NY Jets 2006-08 ... Coaches who played in the NFL include Yarber, Ulbrich, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include sophomore Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third round of 1985 draft); redshirt freshman Paul Perkins’ (#24)dad played football at Arizona State and with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis and his uncle, Don Perkins played with the Dallas Cowboys; redshirt sophomore linebacker Aaron Wallace’s (#51) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; redshirt freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel’s (#11)dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11); freshman Scott Quessenberry’s (#52) brother, David, was selected in sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft by Houston after playing at San Jose State.
BRUIN FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS — 15 true freshmen saw action in the 2013 opener -- LB Cameron Judge, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, LB Jayon Brown, LB Deon Hollins, LB Myles Jack, DL Kenny Clark, DL Kylie Fitts, DL Eddie Vanderdoes, S Tahaan Goodman, P/KO Sean Covington, WR Jalen Ortiz, WR Darren Andrews, Y receiver Thomas Duarte, OG Alex Redmond, OL Caleb Benenoch. A 16th true frosh, CB Priest Willis, saw action at Nebraska on special teams. Freshman cornerback Charles Dawson saw action vs. New Mexico State to become freshman No. 17 and tie the school record. UCLA played 12 true freshmen in 2012.
A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006, two in 2007 and 11 in 2008. UCLA played 10 freshmen in 2009 and again in 2010. One first-year player saw action in 2011.
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS — Senior LB Anthony Barr, Junior OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, redshirt junior LB Eric Kendricks, redshirt junior LB Ryan Hofmeister, redshirt sophomore center Jake Brendel, redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley.
AT THE STARTING LINE — Redshirt junior offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo tops the team with 31 career starts. The defensive player with the most starts is senior end Cassius Marsh (30). The player with the longest starting streak is redshirt junior LB Eric Kendricks (21).
BRUINS IN THE POLLS — UCLA was last as high as 11th in the Associated Press rankings during the week of Sept. 10, 2007 when it was also 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 was 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; Oct. 7-11th;
2013 USA Today Coaches: Pre-Season-21st; Sept. 3-18th; Sept. 9-17th; Sept. 15-15th; Sept. 22-14th; Sept. 29-13th; Oct. 7-13th;
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 be on the road the next two Saturdays, playing at #5 Stanford on Oct. 19 and at #2 Oregon on Oct. 26.