LOS ANGELES - UCLA (8-3, 5-3 ranked #22 in the Associated Press and 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll/ 22nd in BCS) will battle USC (9-3, 6-2; ranked 23rd AP and 23rd USA Today/ 23rd BCS) on Saturday, Nov. 30 in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. PT and be televised by ABC 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. The contest will also be broadcast on SIRIUS (Ch.113), XM (Ch. 194). All UCLA football games can also be heard live on smart phones and tablets via the free TuneIn App. ESPN radio will also air a national radio broadcast of the contest.
BRUINS AND TROJANS — The Bruins trail in the series 44-29-7 (USC wins in 2004 and 2005 have been vacated due to NCAA penalties). UCLA won the last meeting, 38-28, in a game played a year ago in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins scored the first 24 points in the contest which was played in a mist which turned into a steady rain in the second half. Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as UCLA clinched a second-straight Pac-12 South Division title with the win. Linebacker Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception. Running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
In UCLA’s last win in the Coliseum in 1997, the teams battled to a 21-all tie at the half. Cade McNown connected with tight end Mike Grieb for their second scoring connection of the contest midway through the third quarter to put UCLA ahead. Chris Sailer added a field goal on the Bruins’ next possession for a 10-point cushion entering the final 15 minutes of play. Two fourth-quarter interceptions by Javelin Guidry and Wasswa Serwanga halted Trojan scoring threats to preserve the win.
BONFIRE AND RALLY — The annual Beat ‘SC Bonfi re and Rally is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26. The event, which will take place at Wilson Plaza (near Janss Steps), is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. For more information, go to http://alumni.ucla.edu/events/beat-sc/2013 or email SAA@UCLAAlumni.net.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
**Anthony Barr has 38.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons as a defensive player… Barr is ranked 7th in the nation in TFLs, 11th in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.40/g and 7th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.30)
**In the last 19 games, UCLA has gone 13-6 with the six losses to Oregon (9-2 record this season), Stanford (3xs/9-2) Arizona State (9-2) and Baylor (9-1); four of the losses have come in games played away from the Bruins home field in the Rose Bowl
**Senior DE Cassius Marsh’s five tackles v. Arizona State lifted him to a best-ever season total of 51 stops on the year
**Senior LB Jordan Zumwalt’s seven stops v. ASU gave him a best-ever season total of 75 tackles on the year
**After Jordon James led the Bruins in rushing in his first three games, four different players have taken the lead over the next eight contests - Paul Perkins 4, Myles Jack 2, Brett Hundley 1, Malcolm Jones 1
**QB Brett Hundley has thrown at least one scoring pass in 24 of his 25 career games (not at Stanford - 2012)...He has thrown for multiple scores in 17 of those contests -- Over the last four games, Hundley has completed 68 of his 97 attempts (70%).
**WR Shaq Evans has caught at least one pass in the last 26g and at least three in nine of this year’s 11 games ... He has caught a scoring pass in seven of this season’s 11 games
**Thirty-five freshmen and sophomores saw action in the game vs. Arizona State - 15 true freshmen
**The Bruins are looking for their fourth win in the month of November this week; it would be the first time since 1959
**With the win v. Washington, Coach Mora has 17 wins in his first two seasons at the helm tying him with Tommy Prothro, 1965-66, for the most during the first two seasons as Bruin head coach
**S Anthony Jefferson has led the team the past 6 games with 51 tackles (including three double-digit games); right behind is LB Jordan Zumwalt 47 tackles (4.5 for loss)
**UCLA has won five of the last six meetings with USC when it has been the higher ranked program -- 2012-W(AP rank 17-21), 2001-L (20-na), 1998-W (3-na), 1997-W (7-na), 1993-W (16-22), 1991-W (25-na)
**UCLA has recorded 18 seasons in which it has won more than eight games (most recent - 9 in 2012) ... UCLA has recorded seven seasons in which it has won more than nine games (10-each in 2005, 1998, 1997, 1988, 1987, 1982, 1946)
**Looking back to a year ago - offensive starters vs. USC -- WR Jerry Johnson (grad.), LT Torian White (inj.), OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (now OT), C Jake Brendel, RG Jeff Baca (grad. NFL), RT Simon Goines (inj.), Y Joseph Fauria (grad. NFL), QB Brett Hundley, F Devin Fuller, TB Johnathan Franklin (grad. NFL), WR Shaq Evans. - defensive starters vs. USC -- DE Datone Jones (grad. NFL), DE Cassius Marsh, LB Damien Holmes (grad.), LB Jordan Zumwalt, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Anthony Barr, DB Randall Goforth, CB Aaron Hester (grad.), S Andrew Abbott (grad.), S Tevin McDonald (trans.), CB Sheldon Price (grad. NFL)
**The Bruins are 10-4 vs. the teams placed in the P12 South (Utah 2-1, USC 1-1, Colorado 3-0, ASU 2-1, Arizona 2-1); UCLA went 5-0 against the Pac-12 South last season and is 3-1 this season
**A school record 26 different players have caught a pass in 2013 (records dating back to 1954); 11 players have caught a scoring pass
**Eric Kendrick’s blocked field goal v. Washington was the 12th kick blocked by the Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach
**UCLA is 13-3 under Coach Mora when scoring first, 9-0 when doing so at home
**Junior RB Jordon James totaled 424 yards rushing on 62 carries (4 tds) in season’s first three games; 47 yards on 18 carries (1 td) in subsequent appearances
**Senior DE Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass v. Washington to mark the second straight season he has done so. (‘12 at Cal)
**The Bruins are 15-0 under head coach Jim Mora when ahead at the half
**PK Ka’imi Fairbairn has connected on 17 straight FG attempts from 35 yards and in.
**Defenders LB Myles Jack (RB), LB-Jordan Zumwalt (FB/TE), DE-Keenan Graham (FB), Kenny Clark (FB), Eddie Vanderdoes (FB), Cassius Marsh (TE) have seen action on offense for the Bruins (DE Brandon Willis has seen action at TE)...Zumwalt, Vanderdoes and Marsh have each caught passes this season
**Barr has been named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award (Nation’s Most Outstanding Down Lineman/LB; semifinalist for the Bednarik Award as the Nation’s Top Defender ... He is also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy
**UCLA established a new school record for most true freshmen playing in a season (18) at Oregon ... It played 15 in the 2013 opener; 15 RS freshmen have also seen action this season. UCLA played 26 total freshmen in ‘12 -- 12 true /14 RS freshmen.
**UCLA matched its school record total of seven true freshmen position starters vs. Colorado (OG Alex Redmond, OG Scott Quessenberry, OT Caleb Benenoch, Y Thomas Duarte, LB Myles Jack, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, DL Eddie Vanderdoes) ... At Oregon DL Kenny Clark joined Redmond, Quessenberry, Benenoch, Duarte, Jack, Vanderdoes)...Punter/KO Sean Covington would make it eight true freshmen starting those two games.
**UCLA has won 21 of its last 26 games when winning the turnover battle (81%) and owns a 16-34 record in its last 50 games (32%) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
**UCLA is 7-4 in true road games (3-2 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)
**This is the first time UCLA has opened in and remained ranked by AP through all listings of a season since 1998 and the first time it has put together back-to-back seasons with at least eight wins (9-5 last yr) since 1997 and 1998’s 10-win seasons
**Y 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 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 is slated to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at Virginia. The Bruins return home to face Memphis on Sept. 6 and travel to play Texas, at Cowboys Stadium, on Sept. 13. The dates for the conference schedule have not been released.
BOWLING — UCLA is bowl eligible in 2013. It has played in bowl games in nine of the last 11 seasons (not 2010, 2008). Bowl History: 2012 Holiday Bowl; 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl; 2009 Eagle Bank Bowl; 2007 Las Vegas Bowl; 2006 Emerald Bowl; 2005 Sun Bowl; 2004 Las Vegas Bowl; 2003 SiliconValley Football Classic; 2002 Las Vegas Bowl.
MORE BRUIN NOTES — **Myles Jack’s total of four rushing touchdowns established a new true freshman record (old mark 3 - Wendell Tyler,1972 and DeShaun Foster, 1998)...The last Bruin with more than four rushing touchdowns=Maurice Jones-Drew, 5 in 2004
**Five touchdowns against Washington were scored by defensive players (LB/RB Myles Jack 4, DE/TE Cassius Marsh 1)...The sixth came on WR Devin Lucien’s first career scoring catch
**UCLA has given up 34 points in 11 third quarters this season (112-34); Stanford, in game 6, was first team to score in 3rd Qtr
**QB Brett Hundley had his 10th career 300-yard total offense game against Colorado (ran for 72 and passed for 273)
**The Cal game was 20th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent under 20 points
**UCLA’s six interceptions at Utah were the most since it recorded a like total in a 1987 win over Stanford (record is 10)
**Junior LB Eric Kendricks’ 150 tackles in 2012 were the most by a Bruin since 1978 (Jerry Robinson 161 in 1978)
**In records dating back to 1960, no UCLA player had ever previously run for a score, thrown for a TD and caught a scoring pass in single game as Brett Hundley did at Utah
**Hundley is two shy of school record holder Cade McNown’s total of 12 300-yard total offense games after his 375 yard-effort against Colorado...He racked up a personal best 428 yards of total offense earlier this season vs. Cal.
Most Career 300-yd total offense games- Cade McNown12, Hundley 10, Drew Olson 5, Tom Ramsey 5
**Safety Randall Goforth’s 19 tackles at Stanford were most since safety Dennis Keyes recorded 19 vs. USC in ‘07; last player with more-LB Reggie Carter 20 vs. BYU in 2008
**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)
**Frosh DE Eddie Vanderdoes’ 11 tackles at Stanford were the most by a D-lineman since 1992 (Bruce Walker-12 v. ASU)
** The win at #23/15 Nebraska earlier this season was 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
**16 different receivers caught at least one pass v. New Mexico State
** FB Phillip Ruhl was named to the first-team 2013‐14 Capital One Academic All‐District Football Teams after posting a 3.37 gpa in Political Science
**LB Myles Jack ran for 120 yards at Arizona- T-10th on UCLA all-time freshman rushing list
**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.
**LB Eric Kendricks’ 13-tackle performance at Arizona was his 12th double-digit effort in the last two seasons.
UCLA AND THE BCS — UCLA was ranked in the initial 2013 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. UCLA has been listed as high as No. 1 in the rankings and was No.1 in the very first BCS ranking released on Oct. 26, 1998.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS — UCLA has 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.