Sept. 1, 2008
*UCLA is now 59-26-5 in season openers and has won four consecutive opening day games.
*UCLA has won four of the six LA games against Tennessee and is now 5-7-2 in the overall series.
*Over the last five seasons UCLA's home record is 25-7, and the Bruins have captured wins in 17 of the last 20 games played at home in the Rose Bowl.
*UCLA's record in overtime is now 7-1 all-time, with its only loss coming in 2000 at California, 46-38 (3ot). UCLA's last overtime win came on Oct. 29, 2005 at Stanford (30-27).
*Tennessee had won six straight overtime games, with its last prior loss coming Sept. 30, 2000 at LSU (38-31). Tennessee's record in overtime is now 7-2.
*UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel won his first game as the Bruin head coach, becoming the first UCLA head coach since Terry Donahue in 1976 to win his first game.
*UCLA true freshman Sean Westgate returned a blocked punt by Akeem Ayers for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give UCLA the first score of the game. It was UCLA's first blocked punt return for a TD since Eric McNeal in 2006 vs. Stanford (12 yards) and the first TD scored on a blocked punt against Tennessee in the Phillip Fulmer era, which began in 1992.
*Alterraun Verner's second quarter interception was the seventh of his career.
*Tennessee's Nevin McKenzie returned an interception for a 61-yard touchdown, the first INT return for a touchdown against the Bruins since 2006 (Tony Carter, Florida State, 86 yards).
*Freshman Raymond Carter rushed for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put UCLA ahead, 16-14. It was his first career touchdown.
*With seven receptions for 65 yards, including the go-ahead 3-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter, tight end Ryan Moya established a new career high in single-game receptions (previous high was four against Stanford and Arizona in 2006).
*Moya's seven receptions were the most by a Bruin tight end since Marcedes Lewis caught 7 passes against Arizona State in 2005.
*Wide receiver Terrence Austin had five receptions to tie his career high (at Washington State, 2007)
*Playing for the first time as Bruins: Courtney Viney, Steve Sloan, Sonny Tevaga, Akeem Ayers, Glenn Love, Brandon Bennett, Nate Chandler, Raymond Carter, Kevin Craft, Mike Schmitt and Reginald Stokes.
*Today's attendance was 68,546.