Nov. 23, 2009
UCLA at USC Kickoff on FSN at 7:00 p.m. Series Tied at 14-14-1 in last 29 meetings
GAME 11 -- UCLA (6-5, 3-5) travels across town to meet USC (7-3, 4-3 - No. 24 AP) in the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 28. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on FSN. The UCLA ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 125 on Sirius and 103 on XM). FSN (Prime Ticket in Los Angeles) will televise the game nationally with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Michael Eaves on the sidelines. The game is also being carried nationally on ESPN Radio.
SERIES WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- The Bruins and the Trojans will meet for the 79th time in a series which dates back to 1929. The Trojans lead the series by a count of 43-28-7 and have won the last two. UCLA is 20-37-7 in series games played in the Coliseum with a 5-7-1 mark since leaving in 1982 for the Rose Bowl. Since the start of the 1980s, the series is tied at 14-14-1. UCLA's eight-game winning streak (1991-98) is the longest by either school. Rick Neuheisel is 1-2 all-time vs. USC, 0-1 as head coach of the Bruins.
USC won last year's meeting (Dec. 6, 2008) in the Rose Bowl by a score of 28-7. The Bruins got on the board first after Brian Price forced a Trojan fumble. A few plays later, wide receiver Dominique Johnson threw a scoring pass to running back Kahlil Bell to put UCLA up 7-0 with 11:07 to go in the first quarter. USC answered back at the 3:34 mark on a scoring run to tie the game at 7-7. The Trojans then took the lead on a scoring pass with 1:09 left in the quarter. A touchdown run in the last two minutes of the first half made it 21-7 Trojans at the break. A third quarter touchdown pass sealed the Bruins' fate and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. UCLA totaled 157 yards of offense on the day (110 p, 47 r). USC racked up 478 yards of total offense (209 on the ground). Quarterback Kevin Craft was 11-28 for 89 yards in the contest.
In the last contest played (Dec. 1, 2007) in the Coliseum, the Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead. UCLA closed to 17-7 on a Patrick Cowan to Dominique Johnson nine-yard pass play just before the end of the first half. USC added a fourth quarter tally to make the final score 24-7. Dennis Keyes led the Bruin defense with 19 tackles.
UCLA's last win in the series came by a score of 13-9 in the Dec. 2, 2006 game played in the Rose Bowl.
BOWL ELIGIBLE -- With its victory over Arizona State on Nov. 21, the Bruins are now bowl eligible and have qualified to play in a bowl game in 11 of the last 13 seasons (not 1999, 2008).
GROZA AWARD -- Junior Kai Forbath is one of three finalists selected by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The three finalists will appear at the Groza Awards Banquet on Dec. 8 in West Palm Beach, FL. The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of Dec. 10.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins were on the list of players "To Watch" for the major national post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player), Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Outland Trophy (interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Reggie Carter--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi; senior DE Korey Bosworth-- Rotary Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end); senior LB Kyle Bosworth--Rotary Lombardi; senior TE Ryan Moya--John Mackey Award (top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (top place kicker).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 35 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in during the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been a perfect 35-35 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 23 kicks of this season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights.
Overall, he has made 39 of his last 42 attempts (he had a string of 16 straight snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 26 of 29 this season and is No. 1 in the nation with 2.36 field goals per game and is second with his .897 percentage (more than 20 attempts).
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 32.5 tackles for loss in his last 20 games, including 4.0 versus Arizona State and Tennessee, 3.0 at Washington State, and 2.0 versus Oregon. He has 20.5 in 11 games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 (by 7.5 TFL) and third (tied) in the NCAA.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off an NCAA-leading nine passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU) in 11 games this season. He is tied for No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, two shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 12 in 23 career games. He leads the NCAA with his nine interceptions and 0.82 average and is second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.45).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks first in kickoff returns (81) and kickoff return yards (1,995), second in punt returns (89), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,091) and 15th in receptions (103).
GOOD HANDS -- Sophomore Nelson Rosario has made 21 catches for 406 yards in the last four games for an average of 19.3 yards per catch. Sophomore Taylor Embree has hauled in 31 balls for 416 yards over the last seven contests for an average of 13.4 yards per catch.
PRINCE IN A GROOVE -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince has thrown for at least 300 yards in three games (California, Oregon State, Washington State). He is just the second freshman in school history to do it (Tommy Maddox did it three times in 1990). Prince's 390 yards total offense versus Washington State ranks No. 9 (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and No. 2 among freshmen, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC in 1990.
* In the last two games, UCLA has forced 10 turnovers (four at WSU, six vs. ASU) and has committed just one (fumble at WSU). UCLA converted 10 of the takeaways into six scores (four touchdowns, two field goal) and forced a punt following its only turnover.
* UCLA's 556 yards of total offense versus Washington State was its highest total since gaining 624 at Stanford in the 2007 season opener.
* UCLA's 371 yards passing versus Washington was its highest total since throwing for 510 versus Arizona State on Nov. 12, 2005.
* UCLA passed for over 300 yards in three straight games (OSU, Wash, WSU). The last time it did that was in 1982 (five straight).
THE GAUNTLET -- Saturdays' game is worth 10 points in the UCLA-USC all-sports crosstown rivalry challenge, the Gauntlet. This is the most points awarded for a single competition. Currently, the Bruins lead the competition, 20-5. UCLA has won the Gauntlet three times and USC owns five trophies.USC won in 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09 while UCLA won in 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2006-07.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose: 38th in NCAA, 6th Pac-10(134.91); receptions: 25th Pac-10(2.82); ko ret.: 42nd NCAA, 4th Pac-10(25.31); punt ret.:30th NCAA, 4th Pac-10(8.85)
* Nelson Rosario -- receiv. yds:10th Pac-10 (54.82); receptions: T-21st Pac-10 (3.00)
* Taylor Embree -- receptions: T-12th Pac-10 (3.82); receiv. yds:11th Pac-10 (51.18)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.36); scoring: T-11th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (9.00); kick scoring: T-1st in Pac-10 (9.00); FG%: 2nd in NCAA - 20+ att. (89.7)
* Kevin Prince -- passing efficiency: 8th in Pac-10 (118.77); passing yards: 8th in Pac-10 (193.22); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (207.77)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 11th Pac-10 (48.36); total off.: 19th Pac-10 (48.36)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 19th Pac-10 (21.82)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 9th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (44.00)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:T-15th Pac-10 (6.00);TFL:16th Pac-10(0.73); fumbles forced:T-15th Pac-10(0.18)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-3rd in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.86); sacks: T-5th in Pac-10 (0.64)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: 1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.82);passes def.:T-2nd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.45)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-32nd in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.36); tackles: 27th Pac-10 (5.73)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: 10th in Pac-10 (6.36)
* Akeem Ayers -- int: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.27); sacks: T-10th Pac-10 (0.45); TFL: 11th in Pac-10 (0.82); Forced fum: T-5th in Pac-10 (0.27); Fum. rec: 6th in Pac-10 (0.18)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-9th Pac-10 (0.91); sacks:T-19th in Pac-10 (0.27)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: 6th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: 28th Pac-10 (5.64)
Rushing Offense: 98th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (114.82)
Passing Offense: 48th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (226.09)
Total Offense: 89th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (340.91)
Scoring Offense: 90th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (22.64)
Rushing Defense: 64th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (145.73)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 38th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (117.76)
Pass Defense: 29th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (192.82)
Total Defense: 40th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (338.55)
Scoring Defense: 27th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (20.64)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (34.4%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (33.33%)
Red Zone Offense: T-29th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (85.7%)
Red Zone Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (80.0%)
Turnover Margin: T-17th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (+0.73)
Kickoff Returns: 19th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (24.75)
Punt Returns: 60th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (8.79)
Net Punting: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (38.64)
Punt Return Defense: 26th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (5.81)
Interceptions: 9th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (17)
Tackles For Loss: 9th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (7.82)
* UCLA has converted 30 of 35 (85.71%) Red Zone chances for 139 points (12 touchdowns - four passing and eight rushing - and 18 field goals).
* Opponents have converted 24 of 30 (80.00%) Red Zone opportunities for 118 points - 12 touchdowns (four passing, eight running) and 12 field goals.
* UCLA has caused 27 turnovers (17 interceptions and 10 fumbles) which have led to 74 points (eight tds and six fgs).
* UCLA has committed 19 turnovers (eight interceptions, 11 fumbles) and 10 have been converted for 61 points (eight tds/2 fgs).