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Nov. 15, 2010

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TV: ESPN Radio: KLAC/Sirius-XM

Nov. 18 Game Televised Nationally by ESPN
Next home game Dec. 4 v. USC

GAME 10 -- UCLA (4-5, 2-4) travels to Washington (3-6, 2-4) on Thu. Nov. 18 for a Pacific-10 Conference game. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and the game will be televised across the nation by ESPN with Rece Davis, Craig James and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Jenn Brown 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 broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (153 SIRIUS).

THE SERIES WITH WASHINGTON -- UCLA owns a 38-29-2 edge in the series record with the Huskies. The Bruins have won the last three contests played, including a 24-23 decision a season ago in the Rose Bowl. UW's last win in this series was a 29-19 victory in 2006 over the Bruins in Seattle. UCLA bested the Huskies 27-7 in the last meeting played in Seattle in 2008. Rick Neuheisel is 3-0 overall vs. Washington, 2-0 while at UCLA.
In last year's Bruin win in the Rose Bowl (game 9), UCLA scored the last 10 points in the tilt to take a 24-23 decision. Quarterbacks Kevin Prince and Kevin Craft combined to throw for 371 yards and a touchdown pass each in the contest. Wide receiver Nelson Rosario caught seven balls for 111 yards.
In 2007, UCLA used 34 second-half points to break open a game which had been tied 10-10 at the break and came away with a 44-31 victory in the Rose Bowl. Chris Markey (193) and Kahlil Bell (109) topped a Bruin rushing attack which totaled 333 yards on the day. Patrick Cowan quarterbacked the Bruins and threw for 147 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Slater became the first Bruin to return a kickoff for a touchdown in the Rose Bowl.
In 2006, UW scored 22 second-half points to help erase a 16-0 second quarter UCLA lead on the way to a 29-19 win in Seattle. A late Husky interception stymied any hopes of a Bruin comeback. Quarterback Ben Olson threw for 135 yards on the day, but was intercepted twice.

LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will travel to Arizona State on Friday Nov. 26. The Bruins lead the all-time series 16-9-1. The teams have split the last four meetings. UCLA won last season (24-13 in the Rose Bowl) and in 2006 (24-12 in Tempe) sandwiched around a couple of ASU wins in 2008 (34-9 in Tempe) and 2007 (24-20 in the Rose Bowl).

MID-WEEK GAMES -- This season, the Bruins will play 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).

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.

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 51). 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 59 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).

FRANKLIN ON THE RUN -- Redshirt sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin ranks 22nd in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 with his average of 99.11 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 892 yards in his first nine games of 2010 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 20 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 redshirt sophomore - TE Joseph Fauria
*one junior - WR/KR Josh Smith
*one redshirt senior - 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 (4-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 (1-current (season)/injury)
RB: Coleman (1/injury)
F: Presley (1), Ramirez (1/personal), Thigpen (1-current (season)/injury)
TE: Young (season/injury)
DL: D. Jones (season/injury), Tepa (6-current (season)/injury), Bryant (season/injury)
DB: Sermons (season/injury), Price (3-current/injury), Hilliard (2-current/injury), Jefferson (3-current (season)/injury),
LB: Golper (6-current/injury), Larimore (2-current/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.

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