Nov. 16, 2009
ARIZONA STATE at UCLA
Senior Day Kickoff at 1:00 p.m.
Game will air on FSN
GAME 11 -- UCLA (5-5, 2-5) welcomes Arizona State (4-6, 2-5) on Saturday, Nov. 21 for Senior Day. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 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 127 on Sirius and 102 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.
SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE -- UCLA owns a 15-9-1 advantage in the series with the Sun Devils, which dates back to 1976. The Bruins own a 9-5-1 record in games played in Los Angeles and a 7-5-1 mark in games played in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have won three of the last four contests played in Pasadena, winning in 2005, 2003, 2001 and losing in 2007. Coach Neuheisel is 2-3 overall, 0-1 while head coach at UCLA, versus Arizona State.
The teams last met in game 11 of the 2008 season, with the Sun Devils emerging with a 34-9 verdict in the desert. ASU managed just 122 yards of total offense in the contest, but used four defensive touchdowns, (three interception returns and a fumble return for scores) to earn the victory. Quarterback Kevin Craft connected on 24 of 39 attempts in the game for 204 yards, but suffered three interceptions. The Bruins put up 306 yards of total offense, but came away with three field goals. UCLA trailed 17-9 heading into the fourth quarter, only to have ASU return two interceptions for scores within 46 seconds of one another (9:50, 9:04) to put the game out of reach.
The schools last met in the Rose Bowl in game 10 of the 2007 campaign. UCLA started its third quarterback of the season as Osaar Rashaan took the first snap for the Bruin offense. Ben Olson had been lost earlier in the season (knee v. Notre Dame) and Patrick Cowan had suffered a concussion during the previous week's game at Arizona. The Bruins jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a quarter of play on a Kai Forbath field goal and a two-yard scoring run by Craig Sheppard. ASU narrowed the gap on a scoring pass play midway through the second quarter, but Forbath booted another three-pointer to put UCLA up 13-7 with 32 seconds to play in the half. An ASU field goal on the last play of the half left the Bruins with a three-point cushion at the break. Two third-quarter rushing touchdowns lifted Arizona State into a 24-13 lead at the 7:53 mark. Matthew Slater took the kickoff following the second ASU score the distance to bring UCLA back to within four points, 24-20. Neither team was able to score after that and a Rasshan interception in the final minutes of the contest sealed the win for ASU.
SENIOR DAY -- Saturday will be the last home game for 18 UCLA seniors --- DL Chinonso Anyanwu, WR Terrence Austin, DL Korey Bosworth, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB Reggie Carter, QB Kevin Craft, OL Nick Ekbatani, WR Gavin Ketchum, RB Chane Moline, TE Ryan Moya, TE Logan Paulsen, QB Osaar Rasshan, RB Craig Sheppard, DL Jerzy Siewierski, FB Trevor Theriot, CB Alterraun Verner, DL Jess Ward, DB Aaron Ware.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Former offensive guard Andy Meyers, who started on back-to-back Pac-10 champions in 1997 and 1998 and helped UCLA win 20 straight games, is Saturday's honorary captain.
THORPE AWARD -- The Jim Thorpe Award Screening Committee announced that UCLA senior cornerback Alterraun Verner is one of the 12 semi-finalists for the award given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. The list will be narrowed to three finalists on November 23 who will be invited to the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 10. The winner will be announced on the show and the official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on February 9, 2010. Jim Thorpe Award winners are selected for performance on the field, athletic ability and character.
BEDNARIK AWARD --The Maxwell Football Club announced that UCLA junior defensive tackle Brian Price is one of 16 semifinalists for the 15th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The announcement of the award winner will be made during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN on Thursday December 10, 2009. Three finalists for the award will be announced on November 23, 2009 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner, to be held on Friday March 5, 2010 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
GROZA AWARD -- Junior Kai Forbath was one of 20 semifinalists selected by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. Three finalists will be chosen from the group to 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.
GUY AWARD -- Redshirt freshman Jeff Locke was one of 10 semifinalists selected by The Augusta Sports Council for the Ray Guy Award presented to the nation's top punter. Three award finalists will be named on November 23. The winner of the 10th Ray Guy Award will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show on Thursday, December 10. The winner will again be honored at the All Area Football Banquet presented by the Augusta Sports Council and The Augusta Chronicle in late-January 2010.
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).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks first in kickoff returns (78) and kickoff return yards (1,927), second (tied) in punt returns (87), sixth in all-purpose yards (4,006) and 15th in receptions (102).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 32 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 32-32 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 20 kicks of this season (misses from 51 and 52) through the uprights. Overall, he has made 36 of his last 38 attempts (he had a string of 16 straight snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 23 of 25 this season and is second in the nation with 2.30 field goals per game and is second with his .920 percentage (16 or more attempts).
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 28.5 tackles for loss in his last 19 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee, 3.0 at Washington State, and 2.0 versus Oregon. He has 16.5 in 10 games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 (by 4.5 TFL) and seventh (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 10 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 22 career games. He leads the NCAA with his nine interceptions and 0.90 average and is second in the country in passes defensed (1.60).
GOOD HANDS -- Sophomore Nelson Rosario has made 16 catches for 332 yards in the last three games for an average of 20.8 yards per catch. Sophomore Taylor Embree has hauled in 27 balls for 375 yards over the last six contests for an average of 13.9 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.
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.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE -- Opponents have totaled 61 second-half drives in this season's 10 games and have come away with just 13 scores (Tennessee-FG, K-State-TD, Stanford-TD, FG, Oregon - TD,FG, California - FG, Arizona - 2 TD, OSU - FG, TD, WASH - TD, WSU-TD) for a total of 70 points. Nineteen of the 61 drives have resulted in a three-and-out for the opponent offense. Seven other drives have been terminated by a Bruin interception. Twenty-nine of the 61 drives have taken 2:08 or less off the clock. Twenty-nine of the 61 drives have been for less than 10 yards.
IN THE SECOND PLACE -- The Bruin opponents have totaled 1,409 yards of offense in 326 second-half plays through 10 games (4.32/play avg.). In the first half of action, the Bruin opponents have averaged 6.06/play on 2,000 yards in 330 plays.
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. Redshirt freshmen Nick Crissman, Brett Downey and Kevin McDermott made their debuts at Washington State to raise that number to 36 (24 freshmen, 12 soph.) for the season. In addition, Danny Rees contributed the first punt of his career at WSU.
* 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 has passed for over 300 yards in each of the last three games. The last time it did that was in 1982 (five straight).
* UCLA's 232 yards rushing at Washington State was the most since running for 234 against Fresno State in 2008. That was its highest total since running for 333 yards against Washington in 2007.
ACADEMICS -- Senior tight end Logan Paulsen was a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award. It is presented by the National Football Foundation. He was also a semifinalist for a NFF Post-Graduate scholarship.
Of the 18 seniors in the program (includes injured retired players), 14 are scheduled to graduate at the end of Fall Quarter. `` Eight Bruins were selected to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Alterraun Verner and Aaron Perez were first-team selections; fullback Trevor Theriot; kickoff specialist Jimmy Rotstein, tight end Logan Paulsen, wide receiver Gavin Ketchum, tight end Ryan Moya and offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani earned honorable mention.
The UCLA football program has produced 17 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 16 first-team Academic All-Americans (27 overall), eight National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, two Rhodes Scholars and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose: 31st in NCAA, 5th Pac-10(139.90); receptions: 20th Pac-10(3.00); ko ret.: 41st NCAA, 4th Pac-10(25.62); punt ret.:28th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(9.20)
* Nelson Rosario -- receiv. yds:10th Pac-10 (52.90); receptions: T-21st Pac-10 (2.80)
* Taylor Embree -- receptions: 11th Pac-10 (3.80); receiv. yds:11th Pac-10 (52.20)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.30); scoring: T-13th in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (8.80); kick scoring: 2nd in Pac-10 (8.80)
* Kevin Prince -- passing efficiency: 8th in Pac-10 (122.48); passing yards: 8th in Pac-10 (197.25); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (208.38)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 11th Pac-10 (53.20); total off.: 21st Pac-10 (53.20)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 20th Pac-10 (26.44)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 7th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (44.52)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:16th Pac-10 (6.10);TFL:T-11th Pac-10(0.80); fumbles forced:T-8th Pac-10(0.20)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-7th in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.65); sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.50)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: 1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.90);passes def.:2nd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.60)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-58th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.30); tackles: T-17th Pac-10 (6.00)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: 10th in Pac-10 (6.40)
* Akeem Ayers -- int: T-58th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.30); sacks: T-12th Pac-10 (0.40)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-9th Pac-10 (0.90); sacks:T-18th in Pac-10 (0.30)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: 6th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-22nd Pac-10 (5.90)
Rushing Offense: 100th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (113.20)
Passing Offense: 46th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (232.60)
Total Offense: 84th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (345.80)
Scoring Offense: 93rd in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (22.60)
Rushing Defense: 67th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (148.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 31st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (114.27)
Total Defense: 37th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (340.90)
Scoring Defense: 35th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (21.40)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 8th in Pac-10 (34.1%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 19th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (33.57%)
Red Zone Offense: 5th in Pac-10 (84.4%)
Red Zone Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (79.3%)
Turnover Margin: T-51st in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (+0.20)
Kickoff Returns: 17th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (24.97)
Punt Returns: 59th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (9.12)
Net Punting: 8th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (39.49)
Punt Return Defense: 23rd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (5.27)
Interceptions: T-7th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (16)
Tackles For Loss: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.33)