Oct. 19, 2009
UCLA AT ARIZONA
Kickoff at 3:30 p.m.
Bruins look for first win in Tucson since 2003
GAME 7 -- UCLA (3-3, 0-3) will return to the road and play at Arizona (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. on FS Prime Ticket in the Los Angeles area with Steve Physioc and James Washington (Courtney Jones - sidelines) calling the action. 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 157 on Sirius).
SERIES WITH ARIZONA -- UCLA owns a 19-12-2 advatage in the series with Arizona, which dates back to 1927. The Wildcats own a 9-8 record in games played in Arizona and have won the last two played in Tucson. Arizona has also captured the last two meetings in the series, winning 31-10 last season in the Rose Bowl and 34-27 in the 2007 campaign. UCLA's last win in the series came in the 2006 season by a 27-7 score. The Bruins' last win at Arizona came in 2003, a 24-21 verdict. Coach Neuheisel is 4-1 overall, 0-1 while head coach at UCLA, versus the Wildcats.
A year ago, the Bruins played the Wildcats in their Pac-10 opener (game 3 - Sept. 20, 2008) in the Rose Bowl. Arizona jumped out to a 17-7 lead before a Kai Forbath field goal sent the teams to the dressing rooms with UA up 17-10. After a scoreless third quarter, the visitors tacked on 14 more points on a scoring pass and a touchdown run to come away with a 31-10 win. UCLA managed 196 yards of total offense in the contest. Arizona passed for 222 yards and ran for 111 more.
On Nov. 3 in Tucson, the teams met in game nine of the 2007 season. After Arizona opened the scoring with a field goal, Matthew Slater returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a 7-3 Bruin lead. An action-packed first quarter ended with the Bruins in the lead, 14-13. Two second-quarter Arizona scoring passes sent the Wildcats into the halftime break with a 27-14 cushion. After starting Bruin quarterback Patrick Cowan was sent to the sidelines with a concussion early in the second half, Osaar Rashaan took over, seeing action at quarterback for the first time in his career. He helped direct the Bruins to 10 fourth-quarter points after Arizona had built a 34-17 advantage at the end of three quarters. UCLA got the ball back one last time late in the game with a chance to tie the contest, but could not sustain a scoring drive. Arizona racked up 469 yards of total offense (341 in the air) on the day. The Bruins had 288 yards (145 rushing, 143 passing).
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 third in kickoff returns (62), first in kickoff return yards (1,539), third (tied) in punt returns (79), 13th in all-purpose yards (3,407) and 20th in receptions (90).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on his last 27 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 27-27 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 15 kicks of this season (miss from 51) through the uprights. Overall, he has made 30 of his last 31 attempts, including 14 straight, missing from 51 yards at Tennessee. He is 17 of 18 this season and leads the NCAA with 2.83 field goals per game and his .944 percentage (10 or more field goals).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off five passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee) in the first six games of the season. The last Bruin to make more interceptions in a season is Larry Atkins, who had six in 1997. Moore now has eight in 18 career games. He is tied for the NCAA lead with his five interceptions and 0.83 average and is third (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.67).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior tight end Ryan Moya has 70 career catches, the fifth-most ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 22.5 tackles for loss in his last 15 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford and versus Oregon. He has 10.5 in six games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 and ninth in the NCAA.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE -- Opponents have totaled 38 second-half drives in the first six games of the season and have come away with just seven scores (Tennessee-FG, K-State-TD, Stanford-TD, FG, Oregon - TD,FG, California - FG) for a total of 32 points. Fourteen of the 38 drives have resulted in a three-and-out for the opponent offense. Five other drives have been terminated by a Bruin interception. Twenty-two of the 38 drives have taken 2:08 or less off the clock. Twenty of the 38 drives have been for less than 10 yards.
IN THE SECOND PLACE -- The Bruin opponents have totaled 737 yards of offense in 198 second-half plays through the first six games (3.72/play avg.). In the first half of action, the Bruin opponents have averaged 6.08/play on 1,185 yards in 195 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 to raise that number to 33 (21 freshmen, 12 soph.) for the season.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose:40th in NCAA, 6th Pac-10(133.33); receptions/g: T-21st Pac-10(3.00); ko ret.: 23rd NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(26.88); punt ret.:28th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(10.59)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: 15th Pac-10 (3.50); receiv. yds:13th Pac-10 (47.67)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.83); scoring: 9th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (10.17); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (10.17)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 62nd NCAA, 9th Pac-10 (72.17); total offense: 17th Pac-10 (72.17)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 23rd in Pac-10 (20.00)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (46.10)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles: 9th Pac-10 (7.17);TFL: T-7th Pac-10 (1.08); fumbles forced:T-4th Pac-10 (0.33)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-9th in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.75); sacks: T-7th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: T-1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.83);passes def.:T-3rd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.67)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-15th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.50); tackles: T-18th Pac-10 (6.17)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: 8th in Pac-10 (7.33)
* Akeem Ayers -- sacks: T-16th in Pac-10 (0.33)
* David Carter -- sacks: T-16th in Pac-10 (0.33)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-12th Pac-10 (0.92); sacks: T-16th in Pac-10 (0.33)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: T-10th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-18th Pac-10 (6.17)
Rushing Offense: 96th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (116.67)
Passing Offense: 82nd in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (193.67)
Total Offense: 104th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (310.33)
Scoring Offense: 101st in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (21.17)
Rushing Defense: 79th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (151.17)
Pass Effiency Defense: 27th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (106.06)
Total Defense: 33rd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (320.33)
Scoring Defense: 45th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (21.83)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 8th in Pac-10 (31.71%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: T-24th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (32.95%)
Red Zone Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (84.21%)
Red Zone Defense: 6th in Pac-10 (81.25%)
Turnover Margin: 64th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (+0.00)
Kickoff Returns: 18th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (25.43)
Punt Returns: 42nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (10.59)
Net Punting: 3rd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (41.72)
Punt Return Defense: 20th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (4.27)
Sacks Allowed: 7th in Pac-10 (2.33)
Sacks: 46th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (2.17)
Tackles For Loss: 13th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (7.83)
* UCLA has converted 16 of 19 (84.21%) Red Zone chances for 72 points (six touchdowns - two passing and four rushing - and 10 field goals).
* Opponents have converted 13 of 16 (81.25%) Red Zone opportunities for 66 points - seven touchdowns (two passing, five running) and six field goals.
* UCLA has caused 11 turnovers (nine interceptions and two fumbles) which have led to 27 points (three tds and two fgs).
*UCLA has committed 11 turnovers (six interceptions, five fumbles) and five have been converted for 35 points (five tds).