Nov. 2, 2009
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UCLA vs. WASHINGTON
Homecoming Kickoff at 12:30 p.m.
Bruins Have Won Last Six Meetings at Rose Bowl
GAME 9 -- UCLA (3-5, 0-5) returns to the Rose Bowl for the first time since Oct. 17 and will play host to the University of Washington (3-5, 2-3) on Saturday Nov. 7. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. 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 mikeside. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 125 on Sirius and 103 on XM). FS Prime Ticket will air the game in the Los Angeles area with Bill Macdonald and James Washington in the booth and Brooke Olzendam and Courtney Jones on the sidelines. Bruins Live will air at noon. The game will also air on Fox College Sports - Central and other regions. A Spanish language broadcast of home games is also available at UCLABruins.com. with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya calling the action.
SERIES WITH WASHINGTON -- UCLA owns a 37-29-2 advatage in the series with Washington, which dates back to 1932. The Bruins own a 23-10-1 advantage in games which have been played in Los Angeles and a 9-2 edge (last six in a row, last UW win in Pasadena came in 1995 season) in games played in the Rose Bowl. Coach Neuheisel is 2-0 overall, 1-0 while head coach at UCLA, versus the Huskies.
A year ago, the Bruins traveled to Seattle for game 10 of the 2008 campaign. The Bruins earned a 27-7 verdict in that contest and held the UW to 135 yards of total offense. UCLA got on the board first with an efficient opening drive capped off by an 11-yard run by Derrick Coleman. Washington answered with a touchdown run of its own to knot the game at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. Kahlil Bell ran it over from one-yard out early in the second quarter and the Bruins closed out the first half scoring on a 49-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. After a scoreless third quarter, Bell and Forbath repeated their second quarter production and gave the Bruins a 27-7 final score.
In the most recent contest played in Pasadena, UCLA dealt UW a 44-31 loss in game four of the 2007 season. The Bruins racked up 333 yards of rushing offense in the affair and 537 yards of total offense. UW totaled 340 yards of offense. Chris Markey (193) and Kahlil Bell (109) each hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the Bruins. The score was 10-10 at halftime, setting the stage for a second half scoreboard explosion. The post-intermission quarters featured three Bruin scoring plays of at least 60 yards in length -- a 72-yard run by Chris Markey, an 85-yard kickoff return by Matthew Slater and a 60-yard interception return by Dennis Keyes.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- UCLA's only Heisman Trophy winner -- Gary Beban -- is this week's honorary captain. As a senior in 1967, Beban earned consensus All-America honors while leading the Bruins to a record of 7-2-1. That season he led UCLA in total offense with 1,586 yards, passing with 1,359 yards and scoring with 66 points. A three-time All-Coast selection, he still ranks in UCLA's Top 10 in career passing, total offense and touchdowns scored. In 1968, he received the NCAA/Scholar Athlete-Award and was also drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams. He went on to play three seasons for the Washington Redskins.
Beban graduated from UCLA in 1970 with a degree in History. In 1984, he was inducted as a charter member of UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988 and he is one of eight UCLA players whose jersey (#16) has been retired. In 1971 he began working in the Los Angeles offices of CB Commercial, a large real estate firm. For 37 years, Beban served CB Commercial in a variety of positions, overseeing the company's expansion and merger to CB Richard Ellis in 1998 -- a period in which he was President and General Manager. Now retired, Beban continues to serve several clients on a project-specific basis. Beban is also active with the Schools That Can (STC-Chicago) and The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
THROWBACK JERSEYS -- For Saturday's Homecoming Game against the Huskies, the Bruins will wear "throwback" jerseys similar to the UCLA jerseys worn in 1967, when Gary Beban won the Heisman Trophy. The Bruins will also wear gold helmets without the UCLA logo and black shoes in the style of the 1967 team. Facsimilie jerseys with Beban's No. 16, are on sale at the UCLA Store and online.
VETERANS AND ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY -- Saturday's game is the thirteenth annual UCLA Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day. Veterans and armed forces personnel are eligible to receive either one (1) free general admission ticket or can purchase Buy-One-Get-One Free Reserved Tickets (up to 4 total tickets). Valid ID or uniform is required. This offer can be redeemed three ways: One, visit the UCLA CTO (M-F, 10am-4pm) or the Rose Bowl Ticket Office on game day (11/7/09); two, call the UCLA CTO at (310)UCLA-WIN during business hours; and three, visit the football ticket tab at UCLABruins.com to redeem the reserved ticket offer online (a promo code is needed for online transaction- secure from your military supervisor or call UCLA Marketing at 310-206-5992).
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).
UCLA COACHES WITH UW TIES -- Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel served as head coach of the Huskies from 1999-2002...Secondary coach Tim Hundley was on the UW staff from 1998-03...Receivers coach Reggie Moore spent the 2003 season as a graduate assistant coach at Washington...Bruin running backs coach Wayne Moses is a 1977 graduate of the Univ. of Washington where he was a four-year letterwinner....Moses was a member of the Huskies' 1978 Rose Bowl team...Moses served as an assistant coach at UW from 1997-2000.
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks first in kickoff returns (72) and kickoff return yards (1,764), third in punt returns (83), ninth in all-purpose yards (3,689) and 19th in receptions (93).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 29 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in over the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been a perfect 29-29 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 17 kicks of this season (misses from 51 and 52) through the uprights. Overall, he has made 33 of his last 35 attempts (he had a string of 16 straight snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 20 of 22 this season and is tied for the NCAA lead with 2.50 field goals per game and his .909 percentage (16 or more attempts).
FRESH FRANKLIN -- Redshirt freshman running back Johnathan Franklin has recorded two 100-yard rushing games this season (Kansas State and Cal). Only one player in school history has totaled more than two 100-yard rushing games during his freshman season. Tyler Ebell had six 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Other Bruin freshman backs with two 100-yard games include: DeShaun Foster - 1998, Skip Hicks - 1993, Eric Ball - 1985, Gaston Green - 1984, Kevin Nelson - 1980.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off seven passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona) in the first eight games of the season. He is tied for No. 4 on UCLA's single-season list, four shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 10 in 20 career games. He is tied for the NCAA lead with his seven interceptions and 0.88 average and is third (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.50).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior Ryan Moya's 73 career catches rank third-most ever (tied) by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 24.0 tackles for loss in his last 17 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford and 2.0 versus Oregon. He has 12.0 in eight games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 and T-15th in the NCAA.
YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE -- 30 players with freshmen or sophomore class standing saw action in the opener against San Diego State. The Bruins played a total of 18 freshmen (eight true freshmen and 10 redshirt) and 12 sophomores (six true sophomores and six redshirt sophomores) in the 2009 season opener. Redshirt freshman linebacker David Allen saw his first action at Tennessee and true freshmen Iuta Tepa and Brandon Sermons made their debuts versus Oregon to raise that number to 33 (21 freshmen, 12 soph.) for the season.
AT THE STARTING LINE
* Senior linebacker Reggie Carter leads the team with 39 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (34), cornerback Alterraun Verner (32), defensive tackle Brian Price (25), defensive end Korey Bosworth (23) and safety Rahim Moore (20) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts.
* Fourteen positional players have made their first career starts this season. Seven (five offense - QB Kevin Price, TB Johnathan Franklin, OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, C Kai Maiava, OG Eddie Williams; two defense - DT Jerzy Siewierski, CB Aaron Hester) made their first career starts against San Diego State. In addition, Jeff Locke and H Danny Rees made their first starts. At Tennessee, CB Courtney Viney became the eighth positional player to make his first career start. CB Sheldon Price made his first start versus Kansas State and TE/WR Morrell Presley became the 10th when he started against Oregon. TB Christian Ramirez and LB Sean Westgate became the 11th and 12th positional players, respectively, to make their first career starts at Arizona. WR Nelson Rosario and RG Ryan Taylor became the 13th and 14th positional players to make their first starts at Oregon State.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose: T-32nd in NCAA, T-4th Pac-10(135.25); receptions/g: T-22nd Pac-10(2.62); ko ret.: 45th NCAA, 4th Pac-10(25.19); punt ret.:30th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(9.57)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: 15th Pac-10 (3.62); receiv. yds:13th Pac-10 (49.25)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: T-1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.50); scoring: 14th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (8.88); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (8.88)
* Kevin Prince -- passing efficiency: 9th in Pac-10 (111.12); passing yards: 8th in Pac-10 (175.33); total offense: 9th in Pac-10 (176.17)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 8th Pac-10 (63.25); total off.: 17th Pac-10 (63.25)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 9th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (44.90)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:11th Pac-10 (6.88);TFL:T-7th Pac-10 (1.00); fumbles forced:T-7th Pac-10 (0.25)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-15th in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.50); sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.50)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: T-1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.88);passes def.:T-3rd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.50)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-38th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.38); tackles: T-16th Pac-10 (6.38)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: T-7th in Pac-10 (7.00)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-9th Pac-10 (0.88)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: 6th Pac-10 (1.06)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-14th Pac-10 (6.50)
Rushing Offense: 104th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (102.00)
Passing Offense: 76th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (203.88)
Total Offense: 110th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (305.88)
Scoring Offense: 107th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (19.88)
Rushing Defense: 83rd in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (157.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 35th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (116.79)
Total Defense: 58th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (355.13)
Scoring Defense: 52nd in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (23.00)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 9th in Pac-10 (29.5%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (34.8%)
Red Zone Offense: T-30th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (86.36%)
Red Zone Defense: T-42nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (79.17%)
Turnover Margin: T-42nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (+0.38)
Kickoff Returns: 24th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (24.48)
Punt Returns: 55th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (9.57)
Net Punting: 6th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (40.17)
Punt Return Defense: 24th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (5.27)
Tackles For Loss: T-18th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.38)
* UCLA has converted 19 of 22 (86.36%) Red Zone chances for 86 points (seven touchdowns - three passing and four rushing - and 11 field goals).
* Opponents have converted 19 of 24 (79.17%) Red Zone opportunities for 99 points - nine touchdowns (two passing, seven running) and six field goals.
* UCLA has caused 16 turnovers (12 interceptions and four fumbles) which have led to 40 points (four tds and four fgs).
* UCLA has committed 13 turnovers (six interceptions, seven fumbles) and seven have been converted for 48 points (seven tds).
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $12.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins three hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game. The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
OPERATION MEND In recognition of Veterans Day, UCLA will salute our nation's men and women in uniform during the Nov. 7 game. Eight `wounded warriors' from UCLA's Operation Mend program, a program that helps heal the wounds of war, will be honored during a special presentation before the second quarter of the game. The servicemen and women will be escorted onto the field by an Honor Guard. UCLA's Chancellor Block will be joined on the field by Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General (ret.) Wesley Clark, UCLA Health System Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. David Feinberg, and UCLA Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Timothy Miller to acknowledge the service and bravery of the `wounded warriors' by presenting them with hats signed by UCLA's head football coach, Rick Neuheisel, and by presenting a game football to philanthropist Ron Katz, who started Operation Mend.
Operation Mend -- a unique collaboration among UCLA Health System, Brooke Army Medical Center and the V.A. -- brings wounded servicemen and women to UCLA for reconstructive surgery and other medical treatments to rebuild their bodies - and their lives.
VETERAN OF THE YEAR
As a sign of appreciation and gratitude towards our nation's veterans and military personnel, UCLA Athletics and the Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs have designated Saturday's game as the Thirteenth Annual Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day. We proudly welcome all of the men and women in attendance who have served our country with bravery and valor. We thank them for their hard work and dedication.
Also in celebration of this day, and in acknowledgement of his selfless commitment to the military and to public service, UCLA would like to honor Lieutenant Colonel David M. McCarthy as the 2009 Veteran of the Year.