Oct. 17, 2012
The Bruins (5-2, 2-2) are back on the road following the bye week. UCLA will travel to No. 24-ranked Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 27 to meet the Sun Devils in a Noon game. The contest will be televised by FX.
The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 570am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS.
VS. ARIZONA STATE
UCLA owns a 7-5 record in games played in Tempe, but has dropped the last two meetings in the desert. A year ago in the Rose Bowl, the Bruins bested then 20th-ranked Arizona State by a score of 29-28. Derrick Coleman ran for 119 yards, 81 of them in the second half and 65 yards coming on the game-winning drive which culminated with the senior slamming into the end zone from one-yard out with 49 seconds left to play. Earlier in the second half, Kevin Prince and Nelson Rosario had hooked up on a 76-yard scoring pass. Rosario finished the game with 151 receiving yards and moved into 10th place on the all-time school list in the category. Tevin McDonald led the defense with 11 tackles. In the 2010 game played in Tempe, quarterback Richard Brehaut set a school record with 56 passing attempts. He completed a school record 33 of the attempts for three scores and 321 yards, but it was not enough to hold off the Sun Devils in a 55-34 loss.
Former UCLA standouts Maurice Jones-Drew and Jamir Miller returned to the Rose Bowl on Saturday to watch the Bruins down Utah, 21-17. Miller was the honorary captain for the game, while Jones-Drew was enjoying a week off while still playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. UCLABruins.com reporter Ralph Irvin caught up with both players.
***QB Brett Hundley's 14 touchdown passes leave him three back of Tommy Maddox's UCLA freshman record total of 17 set in 1990 season; Drew Olson holds the overall season record with 34 scoring tosses in 2005 -- Hundley also has 167 completions, a total which is third on the freshman list (Maddox 182, in 1990, is No. 1) *** Y receiver Joseph Fauria, who was named to the Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, has caught a pass in 15 straight games; he moved into 11th on the all-time UCLA touchdown receptions list (13) with his scoring grab at Cal (J.J. Stokes, 1991-94, is No. 1 at 28; Marcedes Lewis, 2002-05, is second on that list, with 21, and first among Bruin tight ends)
**With a career total of 3,547 rushing yards, Johnathan Franklin has vaulted into second on the all-time school list .... He is 185 yards shy of moving past Gaston Green's (1984-87) school mark of 3,731 yards.
**Junior linebacker Anthony Barr, playing his first season on defense, is ranked T-13th in the nation in sacks (7.5 sacks for 1.07 per game average)
*** Bruins own the Pac-12 lead and rank tied for 4th in the nation with 18 turnovers gained (11 ints.-T-first in Pac-12 / T-4th in nation, and seven fumbles gained which is T-first in Pac-12 -- TCU is national leader with 20)
***Utah was the 17th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent to less than 20 points
***UCLA has played 25 freshmen so far this season -- 12 true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen
***UCLA has won 14 of its last 18 games when winning the turnover battle (.778) and dropped 28 of its last 40 games (.300) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
***RB Johnathan Franklin ranks ninth in the nation in rushing (125.4/g) ... He put together two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...The senior ranks 14th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (154.6) and has caught a career-best 16 passes this season
***UCLA is ranked 9th in the nation in sacks (3.43/g) after being ranked T-112th last season (1.00)
***Johnathan Franklin (878 yards rushing to date this season) is attempting to join seven other Bruin backs who have had multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons --- DeShaun Foster - 2001: 1,109 / 2000: 1,037 -- Skip Hicks - 1997: 1,282 / 1996: 1,034 -- Karim Abdul-Jabbar - 1995: 1,571 / 1994: 1,227-- Gaston Green - 1987: 1,098 / 1986: 1,405--Freeman McNeil - 1980: 1,105 / 1979: 1,396--Theotis Brown - 1978: 1,283 / 1976: 1,092--Wendell Tyler - 1975:1,388 / 1976: 1,003
***Cal is the only team to outscore the Bruins in the second half of a game this season
*** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price ranks T4th in the nation in interceptions (0.67 per game)
***Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games and the eighth to total at least three 300-yard games in a season
Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 in 1998 season, Tom Ramsey 4 in 1982, Troy Aikman 3 in 1988, Tommy Maddox 3 in 1990, Cory Paus 3 in 2000, Kevin Prince 3 in 2009, Drew Olson 3 in 2005, Hundley in 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Paus 7, D.Olson 4, Maddox 4, Aikman 4, Ramsey 4, Hundley 3 and others
***UCLA has won 11 of its last 12 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards
***UCLA has not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any previous three-game stretch (complete records date back to the 1958 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2005 (3); 1998 (5); 1996 (3); 1991 (4); 1987 (3); 1986 (4); 1976 (5); 1973 (5) (dating back to 1965)
***Franklin now ranks seventh on UCLA's career all-purpose yardage list at 3,945 yards - sixth on the list is DeShaun Foster, 1998-01 with 4,028 and first on that list is Maurice Jones-Drew, 2003-05 with 4,688
***Franklin's 3,537 career rushing yards rank fourth among active FBS players (1-Montee Ball, Wisc.-4,126)
***LB Eric Kendricks has started the last 10 games and has 81 tackles (8.1 avg.) ... career-best 14 stops at Cal
***California was Franklin's 15th career 100-yard rushing game, tied for third on that all-time school list
***Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, leads the Pac-12 with 21 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line this season as he helps the Bruins win the field position battle
*** UCLA won its first two road games of a season for the first time since 2005 when it captured wins in its initial three road games on the way to a 10-2 record for the year
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State rank fifth all-time at UCLA. It was the sixth 400-yard game in school history
**Colorado (211 yds) was the fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season for UCLA... The Bruins had six such games last year...UCLA opened 2012 with a 247-yard total vs. Houston, a 344-yard total vs. Nebraska and a 343-yard sum at Rice ... The Bruins have won 23 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (80-3-1 all-time)
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 ... Defensive back Tevin McDonald's(#7) brother, Tim Jr., plays at USC and his dad, Tim, played in the NFL from 1987-99 with the Cardinals and 49ers ... Defensive back Sheldon Price's(#22) dad, Dennis, played at UCLA from 1984-87 and then in the NFL with the Raiders ... Punter Jeff Locke(#18) has been named to the All-Conference academic team the past three seasons; he has finished 12th (2011), fourth (2010) and 16th (2009) in the nation in punting average ... OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (#56) spent the last two years 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) ... Offensive guard Alexandru Ceachir (#76) came to this country two years ago from Moldova (located between Romania and Ukraine) and can speak four languages - Russian, English, Romanian, Ukranian ... Freshman linebacker Aaron Porter's (#30) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the school's Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons'(#2) brother, Rodney, also played for USC ... Brett Hundley's(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back for the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a 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 and Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teamsCoord./ 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 (who was on 49ers' defense coached by Jim Mora), Y receivers coach Marques Tuiasosopo, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include freshmen Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third rd. of 1985 draft); 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 freshman linebacker Aaron Wallace's (#12) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel's (#11) dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11) ... In addition, Jerry Rice, Jr.'s (#88) dad was a 13-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and Oakland ... Y receiver Joseph Fauria's (#8) uncle, Christian, played at Colorado and for 13 seasons in the NFL with Seattle, New England, Washington, Carolina ... P Jeff Locke was named UCLA's male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
AP: Pre-Season - NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-22nd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(27th); Sept. 30-25th; Oct. 7-NA; Oct. 14-NA.....USA Today/ESPN: Pre-Season-NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-23rd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(31st); Sept. 30-NA(28th); Oct. 7-NA; Oct. 14-NA.
UCLA has a 7-1 record in overtime games, the last coming in the 2008 season-opener against Tennessee, a 27-24 win. The Bruins have won the last four overtime contests they have played with the only loss coming in triple overtime, at Cal, in 2000.
TRUE FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS
12 true freshmen -- CB Ishmael Adams, WR Jordan Payton, F Kenneth Walker, OT Simon Goines, CB Fabian Moreau, DB Randall Goforth, PK Ka'imi Fairbairn, DL Ellis McCarthy, DB Marcus Rios, Y Ian Taubler, LB Kenny Orjioke, F Devon Fuller -- have seen action 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 in 2010. Tight end Raymond Nelson (no longer on the roster) was the lone first-year player to see action in 2011.