BRUINS TRAVEL TO STANFORD — UCLA (5-0, 2-0 ranked #9 in the Associated Press and 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) will travel to take on #13/13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1) on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. PT and be televised by ABC/ESPN2 (will be on one channel or the other throughout the nation) with Sean McDonough (play by play), Chris Spielman (color) and Shannon Spake (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. 91), XM (Ch. 91).
BRUINS VS. CARDINAL — The Bruins lead the series, 45-36-3. This is the highest a Bruin team has been ranked going into the annual battle with Stanford since the eighth-ranked 2005 Bruin squad trimmed the Cardinal 30-27 in overtime on the Farm. That contest marks the last UCLA win at Stanford. It was a game in which the Bruins rallied from a 24-3 fourth quarter deficit (with 8:26 remaining) before tying the contest on a Maurice Jones-Drew run with 46 seconds remaining and then winning the battle in overtime on a Drew Olson to Brandon Breazell 23-yard scoring pass. At the time, it was UCLA’s eighth-straight win to open the season and the fourth double-digit, fourth quarter comeback win in five weeks. The Bruins had outscored Washington (14-0), Cal (19-3), Washington State (17-0) in previous fourth quarters to secure wins during the stretch.
The schools last met in the Pac-12 Championship Game (11/30/12), a 27-24 Cardinal win in Stanford. The schools had played the week before (11/24/12) in the Rose Bowl, with the visitors coming away with a 35-17 victory.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
**The Bruins are ranked 2nd in the nation in 3rd down conversion defense (0.24), 5th in the nation in third down conversion % (.560), 5th in the nation in total offense (547.0), 7th in the nation in scoring (45.8)
**Indiv. National Ranking Highlights - LB Anthony Barr is 3rd in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.6/g; Barr is ranked 4th in TFLs 2.0/g; DE Keenan Graham is 8th in sacks 1.0/g; WR Shaq Evans is 11th in punt returns 14.4 yds/ret; S Randall Goforth and LB Jordan Zumwalt are tied for 14th in the nation in forced fumbles 0.4/g; QB Brett Hundley is 9th in the nation in total offense/g (345.8)
**Hundley’s 410 passing yards vs. Cal was the third-highest total in school history and most since Drew Olson threw for 510 vs. Arizona State in 2005
**Hundley’s 428 yards of total offense vs. Cal was the fourth-highest total in school history and most since Drew Olson totaled 501 yards in 2005 vs. Arizona State
**UCLA has matched its longest winning streak under Coach Mora (5). The last time it won more was in 2005-- 8-0 start
**The Bruins are 2-0 in conference play for the first time since a 4-0 league start in 2007
**UCLA is ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams by Associated Press for the first time since it played at Arizona on Nov. 5, 2005. It entered that contest ranked No. 7.
**UCLA started two true freshmen O-linemen (OG Alex Redmond, OT Caleb Benenoch) for the first time ever in the win over Cal
**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 (19) at UCLA...2.0 last week v. Cal
**Redshirt soph. QB Brett Hundley racked up a personal best 428 yards of total offense vs. Cal.
Most Career 300-yd total offense games- Cade McNown12, Hundley 9, Drew Olson 5, Tom Ramsey 5
**UCLA has outscored its opponents 71-0 in the third quarter of its first five games.
**UCLA’s six interceptions at Utah were the most since it recorded a like total in a 1987 win over Stanford (record is 10)
**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.
**In recent years, UCLA has opened a season with at least five 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’ 22 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 16 straight field goal attempts from 35 yards and in.
**Senior WR Shaquelle Evans has caught at least one pass in each of the last 20 games
**Senior DE Cassius Marsh’s blocked FG vs. NMSU was 10th kick blocked by Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach
**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)
** The win at #23/15 Nebraska earlier this season was the first on road against ranked opponent since win at No. 7 Texas in 2010
**Hundley topped the 400-yard passing mark for the first time vs. Cal. He is the first UCLA quarterback to ever throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games (305 Nebraska/320 Houston/372 Oregon St. in 2012).
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 5, Drew Olson 4, Tommy Maddox 4, Troy Aikman 4, Tom Ramsey 4
**The Cal game was the 20th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent under 20 points
**Hundley finished the Cal game with a personal best total of 410 passing yards to up his career total to 5,209, 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 5th at UCLA in total offense (5,824) with Tom Ramsey (1979-82) at 4th (6,255).
**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 18 of its last 23 games when winning the turnover battle (78%) and owns a 16-31 record in its last 47 games (34%) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
**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 against New Mexico State 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 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.
**Only one Bruin head coach won as many games in his first season at UCLA as Jim Mora (9) – Terry Donahue, 1976
BRUINS IN RECENT YEARS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
* UCLA has posted a 7-9 record in its recent meetings against AP-ranked opponents since the start of the 2010 season: 2013: W at #23 Nebraska; 2012: L at #8 Stanford, L #11 Stanford, W #21 USC, W #24 Arizona, W #17 Nebraska; 2011: L at #8 Oregon, L at #10 USC, W #20 Arizona State, L at #6 Stanford, L #24 Texas; 2010: L #15 Arizona, L at #1 Oregon, W at #7 Texas, W #23 Houston, L #25 Stanford.
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.
FIRST ACTION — In addition to the 17 true freshmen who have seen action in 2013, the following 19 players have taken the field for the first time this season for the Bruins: DB Justin Combs (Fr.R), Y Brendan Cross (Grad.), RB Ryan Davis (Fr.R), Y Daniel Eaton (Fr.R), QB Mike Fafaul(Fr.R), WR Sam Handler (Fr.R), WR Ahmaad Harris (Fr.R), WR Zach Hernandez (Fr.R), OL Carl Hulick (Fr.R), FB Nate Iese (Fr.R), PK Mitch Johnson (Fr.R), LB Taylor Lagace (Fr.R), LS Christopher Longo (So.R), OL Conor McDermott (Fr.R), QB Jerry Neuheisel (Fr.R), WR Nick Pasquale (Fr.R), RB Paul Perkins (Fr.R), DL Sam Tai (So.R), DB Erick Zumwalt (So.R).
AT THE STARTING LINE — Redshirt junior offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo tops the team with 32 career starts. The defensive player with the most starts is senior end Cassius Marsh (31). The player with the longest starting streak is redshirt junior LB Eric Kendricks (22).
UCLA AND THE BCS — This year’s first BCS rankings will be released on Oct. 20. UCLA was ranked No. 17 in the 2012 final BCS Standings. The last time UCLA was ranked in the BCS, prior to the 2012 season, was on Dec. 3, 2006, at No. 25. The Bruins have moved into the BCS rankings in the 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012 seasons. The Bruins have been listed as high as No. 1 in the rankings and were No.1 in the very first BCS ranking released on Oct. 26, 1998.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS — UCLA was last as high as 9th in the Associated Press rankings during the first week of November in 2005 when it was ranked 7th. 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 five of the Associated Press poll in the 2001 season when it spent two weeks at No. 4 after winning its first six games.
COMING UP — UCLA will be on the road at #2 Oregon on Oct. 26. It will mark a matchup against the highest ranked opponent the Bruins have faced since a 2010 contest at then #1-ranked Oregon on Oct. 21, 2010.