Nov. 22, 2010
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BRUINS AT ARIZONA STATE
UCLA plays at ASU on Friday, Nov. 26 on FSN; 12:30 PT
Next home game: Dec. 4 v. USC
GAME 11 -- UCLA (4-6, 2-5) travels to Arizona State (4-6, 2-5) on Fri. Nov. 26 for a Pacific-10 Conference game. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Pacific time and the game will be televised across the nation by FSN with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline.
The UCLA ISP Radio Network and AM 570 (KLAC) will radio broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action and it will be aired nationally on SIRIUS XM (126 SIRIUS).
UCLA needs to win both of its remaining games (at ASU, home vs. USC) to become bowl eligible.
THE SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE -- UCLA owns a 16-9-1 edge in the series record with the Sun Devils. The teams have split the last four contests played, including a 23-13 Bruins win last season in the Rose Bowl. ASU won the last game played in Tempe, a 34-9 verdict, in 2008. Rick Neuheisel is 3-3 overall vs. ASU, 1-1 while at UCLA.
In last year's Bruin win in the Rose Bowl (game 11), UCLA became bowl eligible with its sixth win of the season after recording its third straight win. Alterraun Verner started the game off on a high note as he intercepted an ASU pass and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter. ASU answered with a scoring pass in the last minute of the quarter to tie it up. A couple of Kai Forbath field goals sandwiched around linebacker Akeem Ayers' nine-yard fumble return handed the Bruins a 20-7 advantage at the half. After neither team scored in the third quarter, UCLA added another field goal at the start of the fourth quarter. ASU closed out the scoring on a long pass play with 11:47 remaining in the contest.
In 2008, UCLA was knocked out of bowl consideration with a 34-9 setback in the desert (game 11). ASU scored four defensive touchdowns in the battle (three interception returns and a fumble return) and managed only 122 yards of total offense in the game. UCLA rang up 306 yards of offense, but failed to find the end zone.
THANKSGIVING FOR EVERYONE -- On Thursday evening, the UCLA players, coaches and staff, as well as families on the road, will participate in a Thanksgiving Dinner at the team hotel.
The centerpieces (approximately 40) for that dinner will be gift baskets that contain canned and non-perishible goods, as well as Safeway gift cards to be used for turkeys and other groceries. Follwing the team function, the baskets will be collected and donated to UMOM New Day Centers, which provides temporary housing for homeless families in the Phoenix area. UMOM will distribute the baskets to families in their program so those families may also enjoy a holiday dinner.
LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will host USC on Sat. Dec. 4. The game will be televised by FSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Bruins trail in the all-time series 28-44-7. USC has won the last three games played, including a 28-7 decision in the LA Coliseum last season. UCLA `s last win, 13-9, came in the 2006 contest played in the Rose Bowl.
WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were listed as players "To Watch" for the 2010 major national post-season awards: junior FS Rahim Moore -- Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Naguski Trophy (best defensive player), Bednarik Award (best defensive player) Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Akeem Ayers--Lott Trophy, Naguski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award (best linebacker), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior PK Kai Forbath-Groza Award (top place kicker); junior C Kai Maiava-Rimington Trophy (best center); sophomore LB Patrick Larimore-Nagurski Trophy; sophomore P Jeff Locke-Ray Guy Award (best punter).
MID-SEASON HONORS -- Junior linebacker Akeem Ayers has been named a Butkus Award semifinalist (15) and a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist. Junior safety Rahim Moore is one of 10 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award. Senior place kicker Kai Forbath is one of 20 Groza Award semifinalists. Sophomore punter Jeff Locke is an ESPN Academic All-District-8 first-team selection and is on the ESPN Academic All-America ballot. Ayers and Moore have been named to the Phil Steele first-team mid-season All-America team. Senior long snapper Christian Yount is on the second team.
MID-WEEK GAMES -- This season, the Bruins have played three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon, Nov. 18 at Washington and Nov. 26 at Arizona State. Prior to this year, the last time the Bruins played a regular-season non-Saturday game was Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Arizona State, dropping a 34-9 decision. The Bruins also played a Monday night game that year, defeating Tennessee, 27-24 in overtime on Labor Day night (Aug. 30). Before 2008, UCLA had not played on a week night since Thurs., Sept. 30, 1993, a 52-13 victory at San Diego State. The Bruins also played at San Diego State on Thurs., Sept. 26, 1991 (won, 37-12).
A LOOK AT THE 2010 SCHEDULE -- Arizona was the fifth school to be ranked in the AP poll at the time of its game versus the Bruins. The last time the Bruins played as many as five ranked opponents (at the time of the game) during the regular season was in the 2003 campaign (5--24 Colorado, 1 Oklahoma, 18 Washington,12 Washington State, 2 USC); it met seven ranked opponents (25 Alabama, 21 Ohio State, 19 Oregon State, 10 Washington, 20 Stanford, 16 Washington State, 7 Oregon) during the 2001 slate.
The combined record of UCLA's 2010 opponents was 90-64 (.584) in 2009. Eight of the schools (Texas 13-1, Houston 10-4, Oregon 10-3, USC 9-4, Arizona 8-5, Oregon St. 8-5, Cal 8-5, Stanford 8-5) won at least eight games. FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath had connected on 40 straight field goal attempts from a distance of inside 50 yards prior to missing earlier this season from 49 yards (wide right) against Stanford (he is now 47 of 52). After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon in 2008, he made his last 12 from that range in 2008, sent all 25 kicks from that range of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights and was three for three this year prior to his miss against Stanford.
He has made 52 of his last 60 overall attempts. He was 28 of 31 in 2009 and No. 1 in the nation with 2.15 field goals per game. He was second with his .903 percentage (23 or more attempts).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Junior free safety Rahim Moore tallied his first interception of the 2010 season against Houston and moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time school list (14). In 2009, he picked off an NCAA-leading 10 passes in 2009 (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Temple) in 13 games. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). His 10 interceptions in `09 were the most by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2003 and he was second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.31).
FRANKLIN ON THE RUN -- Redshirt sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin ranks 27th in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 with his average of 94.50 yards per game. He has rushed for over 100 yards six times in his career and had a streak of three straight games earlier this season (158-Houston/118 Texas/ 216 Washington State), the first time a Bruin had done it since Maurice Drew in 2004 (Illinois, Washington and San Diego State).
Franklin has totaled 945 yards in 10 games and is on track for a 1,000-yard season --- recent Bruin 1,000-yard rushers include 2007: Chris Markey 1,107; 2004: Maurice Jones-Drew 1,007; 2001: DeShaun Foster 1,109; 2000: DeShaun Foster 1,037.
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 22 players who have made their UCLA debuts in 2010, by class:
*10 true freshmen - KSU: F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, DT Cassius Marsh, LB Jared Koster (special teams); Stanford: S Dietrich Riley, LB Jordan Zumwalt, DT Seali'i Epenesa, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa; Houston: CB Anthony Jefferson; Texas: OL Chris Ward
*seven redshirt freshmen - KSU: WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams); Stanford: LB Isaiah Bowens; Texas: C Greg Capella; WSU: DB Alex Mascarenas (special teams)
*one true sophomore - Washington: QB Darius Bell
*one redshirt sophomore - KSU: TE Joseph Fauria
*two redshirt juniors - KSU: WR/KR Josh Smith; Washington: QB Clayton Tunney
*one redshirt senior - Stanford: DT Andy Keane
FIRST STARTS -- Fourteen players have made their first career starts in 2010. Five positional players made their first career starts in the 2010 season opener -- DT Justin Edison, DT David Carter, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore and OT Sean Sheller. In addition, DE Nate Chandler made his first start on defense. Against Houston, DE Keenan Graham became the sixth player to record his first career start this season. At Texas, WR Ricky Marvray became the seventh player to make his first start. QB Richard Brehaut became the eighth player to make his first career start vs. Washington State. At Cal, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa became the ninth player to make the first start of his Bruin career. F-back Anthony Barr (10th player) made his first start at Oregon. WR Jerry Johnson (11th player) made his first start against Arizona. Against Oregon State, WR Randall Carrol (12th player), DT Cassius Marsh (13th player) and LB Jordan Zumwalt (14th player) made the first starts of their careers.
GAMES MISSED -- Due to various reasons such as pre-season or in-season injuries, transfers from other schools, redshirts or other issues, UCLA has just 60 scholarship players available - 27 on offense, 29 on defense and four on special teams. This number includes injured players who are expected back from injury this season.
Here is a list of Bruins who have missed games for injury or other reasons:
QB: Prince (5-current (season)/injury)
OL: Maiava (season/injury), Baca (season/eligibility), Su'a-Filo (season/mission), Hasiak (season/eligibility), Abele (career/injury), Harris (1), Sheller (1), Kia (2/injury)
WR: Rosario (3/injury), Marvray (1), Smith (1), Johnson (2-current (season)/injury)
RB: Coleman (1/injury)
F: Presley (1), Ramirez (1/personal), Thigpen (2-current (season)/injury)
TE: Young (season/injury)
DL: D. Jones (season/injury), Tepa (7-current (season)/injury), Bryant (season/injury)
DB: Sermons (season/injury), Price (3/injury), Hilliard (2/injury), Jefferson (4-current (season)/injury),
LB: Golper (7-current/injury), Larimore (3-current (season)/injury), Koster (season/injury)
TRUE FRESHMEN -- UCLA has played 10 true freshmen this season. Of those 10, four (F-back Anthony Barr, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DT Cassius Marsh and LB Jordan Zumwalt) have started at least one game. Odighizuwa, Marsh and Zumwalt all started versus Oregon State, the most on defense since S Rahim More, S Tony Dye and DE Datone Jones all started the ninth game of the 2008 season. They also started at Washington.