Oct. 8, 2012
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The Bruins (4-2, 1-2) return home to square off against Utah (2-3, 0-2), in the Rose Bowl, on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Noon. The game will be televised by FOX with Craig Bolerjack and Joel Klatt in the booth and Petros Papadakis on the sidelines. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 570am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS (Ch.139, XM 201).
The Bruins have won all five previous meetings in Los Angeles and lead the series, 8-2. Utah has captured the two most-recent meetings, both contested in Salt Lake City. The teams played last season, in the snow on November 12, and Utah prevailed by a score of 31-6. The Utes led 7-3 at the half, but scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and began to open the game up. The last Bruin win in the series came in a 31-10 victory in the 2006 season-opener in the Rose Bowl. Quarterback Ben Olson, in his first Bruin start, threw three scoring passes that day and Alterraun Verner returned an interception for a touchdown in the contest.
**QB Brett Hundley's 31 completions at Cal are the most-ever by a Bruin freshman qb and third on the all-time list ... His 47 passing attempts at Cal are tied for the most-ever by a Bruin freshman (Tommy Maddox - 1990 v. USC) and are tied for fifth on the all-time school list
** Y receiver Joseph Fauria moved into 11th on the all-time UCLA touchdown receptions list (13) with his scoring grab at Cal (J.J. Stokes, 1991-94, is No. 1 with 28 scoring catches; Marcedes Lewis, 2002-05, is second on that list with 21 and first among Bruin tight ends)
**Johnathan Franklin (799 yards rushing to date this season) is attempting to join seven other Bruin backs who have had multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons --- DeShaun Foster - 2001: 1,109 / 2000: 1,037 -- Skip Hicks - 1997: 1,282 / 1996: 1,034 -- Karim Abdul-Jabbar - 1995: 1,571 / 1994: 1,227-- Gaston Green - 1987: 1,098 / 1986: 1,405--Freeman McNeil - 1980: 1,105 / 1979: 1,396--Theotis Brown - 1978: 1,283 / 1976: 1,092--Wendell Tyler - 1975:1,388 / 1976: 1,003
**UCLA has won 16 straight games when holding the opponent to less than 20 points
**UCLA has played 25 freshmen so far this season -- 12 true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen
**UCLA is 11-4 when Johnathan Franklin runs for at least 100 yards
**UCLA has won 14 of its last 18 games when winning the turnover battle (.778) and dropped 28 of its last 39 games (.282) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
**RB Johnathan Franklin ranks seventh in the nation in rushing (133.33/g) ... Franklin put together two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...The senior ranks 15th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (165.5) and has caught a career-best 15 passes this season.
**The Bruins are tied for the Pac-12 lead and rank tied for 2nd in the nation with 17 turnovers gained (10 ints.-T-first in Pac-12 and seven fumbles gained also T-first in conference - Fresno St. is national leader with 18)
**UCLA is ranked eighth in the nation in total offense (558.4)
**Cal was the first team to outscore the Bruins in the second half of a game this season
** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price ranks T4th in the nation in interceptions (0.80 per game)
** UCLA won its first two road games of a season for the first time since 2005 when it captured wins in its initial three road games on the way to a 10-2 record for the year
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State rank fifth all-time at UCLA. It was the sixth 400-yard game in school history; he ranks 16th in the nation in total offense (315.83)
**Junior linebacker Anthony Barr, playing his first season on defense, is ranked T21st in the nation in sacks (1.00 per game)
**Colorado (211 yds) was the fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season for UCLA... The Bruins had six such games last year...UCLA opened 2012 with a 247-yard total vs. Houston, a 344-yard total vs. Nebraska and a 343-yard sum at Rice ... The Bruins have won 23 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (80-3-1 all-time)
**Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games and the eighth to total at least three 300-yard games in a season Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 in 1998 season, Tom Ramsey 4 in 1982, Troy Aikman 3 in 1988, Tommy Maddox 3 in 1990, Cory Paus 3 in 2000, Kevin Prince 3 in 2009, Drew Olson 3 in 2005, Hundley in 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Paus 7, D.Olson 4, Maddox 4, Aikman 4, Ramsey 4, Hundley 3 and others
**Hundley is ranked 21st in passing yards and 16th in total offense (2nd among freshmen)
**UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards
**UCLA has not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any previous three-game stretch (complete records date back to the 1958 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2005 (3); 1998 (5); 1996 (3); 1991 (4); 1987 (3); 1986 (4); 1976 (5); 1973 (5) (dating back to 1965)
**Franklin now ranks ninth on UCLA's career all-purpose yardage list at 3,855 yards - eighth on the list is Theotis Brown, 1976-78 with 3,944 and first on that list is Maurice Jones-Drew, 2003-05 with 4,688
**Franklin's 3,468 yds rushing rank fourth among active FBS players (1-Denard Robinson of Michigan-3,905)
**LB Eric Kendricks has started the last nine games and totaled 74 tackles in those contests (8.2 avg.) ... he had a career-best 14 stops at Cal
**California was Franklin's 15th career 100-yard rushing game, tied for third on that all-time school list
**With a career total of 3,468 yds, Franklin has vaulted into second on the all-time school list .... He is 264 yards shy of Gaston Green's (1984-87) mark of 3,731 yards.
**Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, placed a personal-best 26 punts inside the 20 in 2011 and has 18, out of 34 kicks, so far this season, with 18 fair catches, as he helps UCLA win the field position battle
**Franklin has become the third UCLA back to rush for at least 200 yards in at least three games, joining Gaston Green (3) and Karim Abdul-Jabbar (3) ... Abdul-Jabbar rushed for over 200 yards in three straight games in the 1995 season against Stanford (261), Cal (217) and Arizona State (207).
**The UCLA defense scored in each of the first three games of the season (fumble returns at Rice and vs. Houston for touchdowns and a safety vs. Nebraska)
FOR THE UTAH GAME -- Honorary Captain
The Bruins welcome back Jamir Miller as this week's honorary captain. Miller excelled at linebacker for the Bruins in the 1991-92-93 seasons. He earned All-America honors in the 1993 season while helping lead the Bruins to a share of the Pac-10 championship and an appearance in the 1994 Rose Bowl Game. Miller was also a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker that season. He was selected to the the first-team All-Pac-10 squad and his 12.5 sacks tied for third on the all-time single-season school list, while his 18.0 tackles for loss, tied for seventh. Miller was credited with a school-record 4.5 sacks in the game that year against BYU. He is sixth on the all-time school list (23.5) for sacks and is tied for 11th on the tackles for loss list (35.0). Miller went on to be selected with the 10th pick in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors while a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Blue Man Group---One of Las Vegas' long-running acts, the Blue Man Group, will be in the Rose Bowl on Saturday and will perform the National Anthem.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
*Since the 2005 season (last seven-plus seasons), UCLA owns a home record of 33-14 (.702).
* UCLA has won 23 of its last 28 (.821) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl.
(2012: W-Houston/ W-Nebraska; 2011: L-Texas/ W-San Jose St.; 2010: W-Houston; 2009: W-Kansas St./ W-San Diego St.; 2008: L-Fresno St. / W-Tennessee; 2007: L-Notre Dame / W-BYU; 2006: W-Rice / W-Utah; 2005: W-Oklahoma / W-Rice; 2004: W-San Diego St. / L-Okla. St.; 2003: W-San Diego St. / W-Illinois; 2002: L-Colorado / W-Colorado St.; 2001: W-Ohio St.; 2000: W-Michigan, W-Fresno St., W-Alabama; 1999: W-Fresno St. / W-Boise State; 1998: W-Texas).
*UCLA has won nine of its last 16 home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Nebraska (2012-17th), Arizona State (2011-20th), Houston (2010-23rd), Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and losses to Texas (2011-24th), ASU (2007-9th), Fresno State (2008-25th), USC (2008-5th), Oregon (2009-13th), Stanford (2010-25th) and Arizona (2010-15th).
THIS AND THAT ABOUT THE BRUINS
Linebacker Eric Kendricks(#6) is the son of former Bruin, Marv Kendricks, who led UCLA in rushing in 1970 and 1971; Eric's brother, Mychal, is a former linebacker at Cal who is now in the NFL ... Defensive back Tevin McDonald's(#7) brother, Tim Jr., plays at USC and his dad, Tim, played in the NFL from 1987-99 with the Cardinals and 49ers ... Defensive back Sheldon Price's(#22) dad, Dennis, played at UCLA from 1984-87 and then in the NFL with the Raiders ... Punter Jeff Locke(#18) has been named to the All-Conference academic team the past three seasons; he has finished 12th (2011), fourth (2010) and 16th (2009) in the nation in punting average ... OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (#56) spent the last two years on an LDS mission in Alabama and Florida during which time he learned the Spanish language ... LB Anthony Barr's(#11) dad, Tony Brooks, was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in the 1992 draft, after playing at Notre Dame ... Reserve fullback Luke Gane(#49) underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in high school to help overcome a rare blood disorder (aplastic anemia) ... Offensive guard Alexandru Ceachir (#76) came to this country two years ago from Moldova (located between Romania and Ukraine) and can speak four languages - Russian, English, Romanian, Ukranian ... Freshman linebacker Aaron Porter's (#30) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the school's Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons'(#2) brother, Rodney, also played for USC ... Brett Hundley's(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back for the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a tie to the NFL - head coach Jim Mora - 25 seasons with San Diego 1985-91, New Orleans 1992-96, San Francisco 1997-2003, Atlanta 2004-06, Seattle 2007-09; receivers coach Eric Yarber - 5 seasons with Tampa Bay 2010-11, San Francisco 2003-04, Seattle 1998; Defensive Coord. Lou Spanos - 17 seasons with Washington 2010-11 and Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teamsCoord./ Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich - 2 seasons with Seattle 2010-11; Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone - 3 seasons with NY Jets 2006-08 ... Coaches who played in the NFL include Yarber, Ulbrich (who was on 49ers' defense coached by Jim Mora), Y receivers coach Marques Tuiasosopo, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include freshmen Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third rd. of 1985 draft); Paul Perkins' (#24) dad played football at Arizona State and with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis and his uncle, Don Perkins played with the Dallas Cowboys; redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Wallace's (#12) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel's (#11) dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11) ... In addition, Jerry Rice, Jr.'s (#88) dad was a 13-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and Oakland ... Y receiver Joseph Fauria's (#8) uncle, Christian, played at Colorado and for 13 seasons in the NFL with Seattle, New England, Washington, Carolina ... P Jeff Locke was named UCLA's male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
AP: Pre-Season - NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-22nd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(27th); Sept. 30-25th; Oct. 7-NA.....USA Today/ESPN: Pre-Season-NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-23rd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(31st); Sept. 30-NA(28th); Oct. 7-NA.
UCLA has a 7-1 record in overtime games, the last coming in the 2008 season-opener against Tennessee, a 27-24 win. The Bruins have won the last four overtime contests they have played with the only loss coming in triple overtime, at Cal, in 2000.
TRUE FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS
12 true freshmen -- CB Ishmael Adams, WR Jordan Payton, F Kenneth Walker, OT Simon Goines, CB Fabian Moreau, DB Randall Goforth, PK Ka'imi Fairbairn, DL Ellis McCarthy, DB Marcus Rios, Y Ian Taubler, LB Kenny Orjioke, F Devon Fuller -- have seen action in 2012.
A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006, two in 2007 and 11 in 2008. UCLA played 10 freshmen in 2009 and in 2010. Tight end Raymond Nelson (no longer on the roster) was the lone first-year player to see action in 2011.