Sept. 15, 2008
GAME 3 -- UCLA (1-1) begins Pac-10 Conference play when it hosts Arizona (2-1) on Sat., Sept. 20 at Noon in the Rose Bowl. The game will be televised nationally by FSN (Channel 694 on DirecTV) and Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Tom Watson will call the action. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. The game also will be carried live on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 125). In addition, UCLA will produce a Spanish-language broadcast of the game which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com.
SERIES WITH ARIZONA -- The Bruins and Wildcats will meet for the 33rd time on Saturday. UCLA leads the series by a 19-11-2 count. The teams have split the last four contests, with each team winning on its home field. UCLA owns an 8-2-1 record in series games played in the Rose Bowl. Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 4-0 record vs. Arizona.
In the last meeting, the Wildcats topped the Bruins 34-27 in game nine of the 2007 season. Arizona built a 34-14 lead after three quarters and hung on for the win. UCLA used its fourth quarterback of the season after starter Patrick Cowan was sent to the sidelines with a concussion early in the second half. Osaar Rasshan took over for Cowan and saw his first action at the quarterback position. Rasshan led the Bruins to the final 13 points in the contest, but the Bruins could not sustain a drive down the field in the final minutes in an attempt to send the game to overtime.
In the last meeting between the teams played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA earned a 27-7 decision over the Cats in 2006. Patrick Cowan came off the bench in the first quarter to replace injured starting quarterback Ben Olson and helped lead the Bruins to the win. Cowan threw for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The UCLA defense limited the Wildcats to minus 13 yards rushing and forced two fumbles and returned an interception (Alterraun Verner) for a touchdown.
BRUINS IN PAC-10 OPENERS -- The Bruins have won the opening Pac-10 Conference contest in six of the last seven seasons (2007-W at Stanford; 2006-L at Washington; 2005-W v. Washington; 2004-W at Washington; 2003-W v. Washington; 2002-W at Oregon State; 2001-W at Oregon State). The last time the Bruins opened the conference schedule with Arizona was in the 1992 season, a 23-3 Wildcat win at Tucson.
* Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 31 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (26), linebacker Reggie Carter (22), wide receiver Marcus Everett (20) are the only other Bruins with at least 15 career starts. Junior defensive back Alterraun Verner is the next closest with 14 career starts.
* Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 11 straight. Senior tight end Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped last week against BYU when he sat out the game due to a broken foot. Senior center Micah Reed has the next longest starting steak (10), followed by senior defensive end Tom Blake (7).
TEAM NOTES --
*UCLA played seven true freshmen in the 2008 season-opening game against Tennessee --- LB Sean Westgate; S Rahim Moore; TE Cory Harkey; WR Taylor Embree; S; Tony Dye; WR Antwan Moutra; WR Nelson Rosario. RB Aundre Dean made his debut versus BYU.
*A school-record 12 freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2004 season.
*In addition to the seven true freshmen listed above, 10 other Bruins saw their first action in the 2008 season-opening win against Tennessee --- redshirt sophomore OL Brandon Bennett; redshirt sophomore LB Mike Schmitt; redshirt sophomore DL Reginald Stokes; redshirt sophomore OL Sonny Tevaga; redshirt freshman DB Courtney Viney; redshirt freshman LB Steve Sloan; redshirt freshman LB Akeem Ayers; redshirt freshman OL Nate Chandler; redshirt freshman RB Raymond Carter. Against BYU, RB Aundre Dean, C Jake Dean and LB Mike Schmitt made their Bruin debuts.
*Six players made their first position starts --- S Aaron Ware; S Rahim Moore; OG Sonny Tevaga; OT Nick Ekbatani; QB Kevin Craft; WR Terrence Austin - versus Tennessee. At BYU, OG Darius Savage and LB Akeem Ayers started for the first time.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
* Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 25-7 (.781).
* UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
* The Bruins have captured wins in 17 of the last 20 games (.850) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
* UCLA is 23-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007.
* It is 13-27 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-1 (beat Tennessee, lost to BYU) in 2008.
* UCLA is 7-1 all-time in overtime, including a 27-24 win over Tennessee in the 2008 season opener.