BRUINS BACK HOME IN THE ROSE BOWL — UCLA (5-2, 2-2 ranked #17 in the Associated Press and 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll/20th in BCS) will return home to the Rose Bowl to take on Colorado (3-4, 0-4) on Saturday, Nov. 2. Bruin great Marcedes Lewis, who won the 2005 John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, is this week’s Honorary Captain. The game will kickoff at 4:35 p.m. PT and be televised by Fox Sports 1 with Craig Bolerjack (play by play), Joey Harrington (color) and Ryan Nece (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. The game will also be broadcast on SIRIUS (Ch. 139), XM (Ch. 190).
BRUINS VS. THE BUFFS — The Bruins lead the series, 6-2. UCLA has captured both meetings since the Buffs joined the Pac-12 in 2011. The Bruins won 42-14 in game 5 of last season in Boulder, bouncing back from a home loss to Oregon State in game 4. Brett Hundley passed for 281 yards in the contest and threw scoring passes to Darius Bell and Joseph Fauria. Hundley also ran for a couple of scores.
In 2011, UCLA stormed out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, outscored the Buffaloes 21-0 again in the fourth quarter, and went on to post a 45-6 win in the Rose Bowl. Shaq Evans caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Kevin Prince to start the night’s scoring. UCLA had once again lost the previous week, this time at Utah. The Bruins became bowl eligible with the win as Prince connected on his first eight passes, and 15 of 19 in the game, while throwing for four touchdowns.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
**Team Ranking Highlights - The Bruins are ranked 10th in the nation in 3rd down conversions (0.52)
**Indiv. National Ranking Highlights - LB Anthony Barr is 2nd in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.57/g; Barr is ranked 5th in TFLs 1.9/g; Barr is 18th in sacks/g (0.9); Barr is 6th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.43);
**LB Anthony Barr has at least 0.5 TFL in each of his games played on defense (21) at UCLA...2.0 last week at Oregon and has a two-year total of 34.5 tackles for loss
**UCLA established a new school record for most true freshmen playing in a season (18) in the Oregon 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 Bruins are 8-3 vs. the teams placed in the P12 South (Utah 2-1, USC 1-1, Colorado 2-0, ASU 2-0, Arizona 1-1)
**Junior LB Eric Kendricks’ 24 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)
**Receiver Thomas Duarte hauled in his second scoring pass of the season at Oregon joining Devin Fuller, 2012/Ryan Moya 2005/ DeShaun Foster 1998/ Brian Poli-Dixon 1997/ Brad Melsby 1995 behind true freshman school record holder Raymond Burks who had a total of three scoring catches in 1973
**UCLA started a school record seven true freshmen at Oregon (OG Alex Redmond, OG Scott Quessenberry, OT Caleb Benenoch, Y Thomas Duarte, LB Myles Jack, DL Kenny Clark, DL Eddie Vanderdoes); The starting lineup at Oregon also included one redshirt freshman (RB Paul Perkins) and seven sophomores (WR Jordan Payton, WR Devin Fuller, QB Brett Hundley, C Jake Brendel, CB Fabian Moreau, CB Ishmael Adams, S Randall Goforth)----11 additional freshmen saw action
**The last time UCLA was ranked as high as 17th in the AP poll heading into the first game in November was 2005 (7th)
**This is the first time UCLA has opened in and remained ranked by AP through the first 9 listings of a season since 2001
**Myles Jack’s blocked punt at Oregon was the 11th kick blocked by the Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach
**UCLA’s total of 64 yards passing was its lowest output since completing six passes for 55 yards in a 2010 game at Washington; UCLA had defeated No. 7-ranked Texas earlier that season while throwing for 27 yards
**UCLA is 12-3 under Coach Mora when scoring first, 8-0 when doing so at home
**UCLA is 12-0 under Coach Mora when ahead at the half
**UCLA has outscored its opponents 74-21 in the third quarter of its first seven games.
**PK Ka’imi Fairbairn has connected on 16 straight FG attempts from 35 yards and in and last 8 attempts from any distance.
**WR Shaquelle Evans has caught at least one pass in last 22g and a scoring pass in five of this season’s first seven games
**Frosh DE Eddie Vanderdoes’ 11 tackles at Stanford were the most by a D-lineman since 1992 (Bruce Walker-12 v. ASU)
**In recent years, UCLA has opened a season with at least five straight wins in ‘05 (8-0), ‘01 (6-0), ‘98 (10-0)
**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
**Soph safety Randall Goforth’s 19 tackles at Stanford were the most since safety Dennis Keyes recorded 19 vs. USC in 2007; the last player with more was LB Reggie Carter who totaled 20 vs. BYU in 2008
**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’s six interceptions at Utah were the most since it recorded a like total in a 1987 win over Stanford (record is 10)
**UCLA is 6-4 in true road games (2-1 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)
**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 at home 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
**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 16-33 record in its last 49 games (33%) 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
**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
LEWIS RETURNS HOME AS HONORARY CAPTAIN — Bruin great Marcedes Lewis, who won the 2005 John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, is this week’s Honorary Captain. The only Mackey Award winner in UCLA history, Lewis’s 121 career receptions, 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns rank No. 1 in school history for tight ends. As a senior in 2005, he set single season school records for a tight end with 58 catches for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns, while earning First-Team All-America honors and First-Team All-Pac-10 acclaim. He was the 28th selection in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by Jacksonville, and has played for the Jaguars for his entire eight-year career. Prior to the 2013 season, Lewis ranked third in franchise history in reception yardage (3,224), fifth in receptions (272) and third in receiving touchdowns (21). A 2010 Pro Bowl selection, he led all NFL tight ends in average yards per catch in 2009 and 2010. Lewis is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High School.
BRUIN FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS — The Bruins established a new school mark when guard Scott Quessenberry took the field at Oregon as the 18th true freshman to see action this season. Fifteen 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 former school record set in 1977.
UCLA played 12 true freshmen in 2012. 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.
FIRST ACTION — In addition to the 18 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 34 career starts. The defensive player with the most starts is senior end Cassius Marsh (32). The player with the longest starting streak is redshirt junior LB Eric Kendricks (24).
UCLA AND THE BCS — UCLA was ranked in the initial BCS rankings for the first time since it opened at No. 9 in the 2005 listing. The Bruins opened at No. 3 in the 2001 rankings and in the top spot in the 1998 poll.
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, 2012 and 2013 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 moved as high as 9th in the Associated Press rankings this season. The Bruins last were ranked as high during the first week of November 2005 (7th). UCLA moved as high as 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll last season. It 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 plays a night game at Arizona on Nov. 9 before returning to the Rose Bowl for a Friday night matchup against Washington.