UCLA (1-0, ranked #16 in the Associated Press and 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) will travel to #23/15-ranked Nebraska on Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will kickoff at 9 a.m. PT (11 a.m. CT) and be televised by ABC (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake).The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will air the Nebraska contest on AM570 Fox Sports LA. The game will also be aired on SIRIUS (Ch. 91), XM (Ch. 91).
BRUINS VS. NEBRASKA
The Cornhuskers lead the series, which dates back to 1946, by a 6-5 margin. UCLA captured last season’s contest played in the Rose Bowl, 36-30. Nebraska won the last meeting played in Lincoln, NE by a score of 49-21 over the Wayne Cook-quarterbacked Bruins in 1994. Nebraska has been ranked either first or second in the nation in six of the previous meetings. One of UCLA’s biggest wins ever came almost exactly 41 years ago over a number-one ranked Cornhusker team.The 1972 Bruin team, using a wishbone attack under the direction of first-year starter Mark Harmon, which had finished the previous season with two wins, snapped the 32-game unbeaten streak of the Huskers who had captured National Championships in 1970 and 1971. A field goal by Efren Herrera in the game’s final seconds sent UCLA to a 20-17 win in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
BRUINS IN BRIEF
UCLA opened the 2013 season on August 31 in the Rose Bowl with a 58-20 win over Nevada. The Bruins outscored the Wolf Pack 41-7 in the second half of action and racked up a total of 647 yards of total offense, the ninth-highest single-game total in school history. Quarterback Brett Hundley accounted for four scores on the night, two rushing and two touchdown passes. He threw for 274 yards in the contest and rushed seven times for 63 yards. Redshirt junior running back Jordon James ran for 155 yards on 21 carries. **Senior LB Anthony Barr who had 2 TFLs v. Nevada; has the most sacks of any returning player in the country (13.5) **Junior LB Eric Kendricks led the team with 11 tackles vs. Nevada, his eighth-straight game in double digit tackles; His 150 tackles in 2012 were the most by a Bruin since 1978 (Jerry Robinson 168 in 1978) **UCLA played 15 true freshmen in the 2013 opener (and 8 redshirt freshmen); It played 26 total freshmen in 2012 -- 12 true and 14 redshirt freshmen -- A year ago, UCLA played eight true freshmen in the opener at Rice. **Redshirt soph. QB Brett Hundley racked up 337 yards of total offense and accounted for four scores v. Nevada (2 runs, 2 TD passes). He completed 12 of 16 passes in the second half. Last year, he had 358 total yards (305 in air) v. Nebraska. **12 different receivers caught at least one pass in the opener against Nevada **UCLA started one true frosh (Alex Redmond at OG vs. Nevada) - In 2012, it started at least four freshmen on offense in all but the Holiday Bowl and as many as seven true freshmen on offense against Utah. **UCLA recorded 647 yards of offense vs. Nevada, ninth on the all-time school list...It had not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in a three-game stretch during a season, prior to the 2012 season (complete records date back to 1965 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games, with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2012 (4-Rice=646/Nebraska=653/Houston=567/Arizona=611); 2005 (3); 1998 (5); 1996 (3); 1991 (4); 1987 (3); 1986 (4); 1976 (5); 1973 (5) (dating back to 1965) **Bruin true freshmen combined for 24 tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss against Nevada and 3 receptions for 43 yards **The Bruins rushed for 345 yards v. Nevada ... UCLA owns an 82-4-1 all-time record when rushing for at least 250 yards ... At Stanford, in the Pac-12 Championship Game, (284 yds) was the seventh 200-yard rushing game of the 2012 season for UCLA... The Bruins had six such contests in 2011 ...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 had won 24 straight games in which they rushed for at least 250 yards until the loss at Stanford. **Kenny Orjioke’s blocked punt vs. Nevada was the ninth kick blocked by the Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach **With the win in the 2012 season-opener at Rice, the Bruins’ non-conference road record since 2000 is 9-7 **Hundley has thrown 106 passing attempts without an interception (last one 2nd qtr. P12 Champ. at Stanford) **UCLA has won 16 of its last 21 games when winning the turnover battle (.762) and owns a 15-31 record in its last 46 games (.311) when losing or tying the turnover ratio (beat Nevada despite losing TO battle 1-0) **Last year, the Bruins won as many as four road games in a season for the first time since 2002 (4-2 on road in 2012) **UCLA has won 12 of its last 13 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (3-0 in 2012) **The 2012 Arizona game was the 18th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent to less than 20 points **Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to ever throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games (305 Nebraska/320 Houston/372 Oregon St.). He is the third to total at least four, 300-yard games in a season. Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 -1998, Tom Ramsey 4 -1982, Hundley 4 - 2012 Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Cory Paus 7, Hundley 4, Drew Olson 4, Tommy Maddox 4, Troy Aikman 4, Tom Ramsey 4 **UCLA has won 12 of its last 13 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (3-0 in 2012) **Hundley established several school records during the course of the 2012 season --- single-season total offense: Hundley 4,095 – old record 3,652 by Cade McNown in 1998; single-season passing yardage: Hundley 3,740 – old record 3,470 by Cade McNown in 1998; single-season completions: Hundley 318 – old record 242 by Drew Olson in 2005 **Only one head coach won as many games in his first season at UCLA as Jim Mora (9) – Terry Donahue, 1976 **Four UCLA players have at least 20 career starts - Su’a-Filo-28, Marsh-27, Barr-26(15 on def.), Evans-21
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 ... OT Xavier Su’a-Filo (#56) spent the 2010 and 2011 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) ... Y receiver Darius Bell’s(#3) brother Kahlil, a former Bruin running back, played in the NFL in 2012 with the Chicago Bears and NY Jets ... Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Porter’s (#42) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the 49ers’ Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Running back Malcolm Jones’(#28) brother, Marshall, played defensive back at USC ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons’(#25) brother, Rodney, played for USC (‘94-97) ... Brett Hundley’s(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back at the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a direct coaching 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, Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teams and 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, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include sophomore Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third round of 1985 draft); redshirt freshman 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 sophomore linebacker Aaron Wallace’s (#51) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; redshirt freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel’s (#11)dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11); freshman Scott Quessenberry’s (#52) brother, David, was selected in sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft by Houston after playing at San Jose State.
BRUIN FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS
15 true freshmen saw action in the 2013 opener -- LB Cameron Judge, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, LB Jayon Brown, LB Deon Hollins, LB Myles Jack, DL Kenny Clark, DL Kylie Fitts, DL Eddie Vanderdoes, S Tahaan Goodman, P/KO Sean Covington, WR Jalen Ortiz, WR Darren Andrews, Y receiver Thomas Duarte, OG Alex Redmond, OL Caleb Benenoch.
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 Devin Fuller -- saw action in 2012. In addition, 14 redshirt freshmen took the field for the first time in 2012 -- C Jake Brendel, WR Roosevelt Davis, RB Melvin Emesibe, QB Brett Hundley, WR Devin Lucien, RB Steven Manfro, OL Kevin McReynolds, OL Will Oliver, WR Tyler Scott, WR Logan Sweet, DL Brandon Tuliaupupu, LB Aaron Wallace, OL Torian White, OL Ben Wysocki. 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 again in 2010. One first-year player saw action in 2011.
WHO’S BACK FOR THE BRUINS
*6 Offensive Starters - -(WR Shaq Evans, QB Brett Hundley, OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, C Jake Brendel, OT Simon Goines, OT Torian White)
*5 Defensive Starters -- (DL Cassius Marsh, DL Seali’i Epenesa, LB Anthony Barr, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Jordan Zumwalt)
* 1 Specialist - (PK Ka’imi Fairbairn)
* 5 of Top 7 Rushers from 2012 --#2 QB Brett Hundley-355 yds, #3 RB Damien Thigpen-262 yds, #5 RB Jordon James-214, #6 RB Steven Manfro-70 yds, #7 RB Melvin Emesibe-40 yds
* Top Passer from 2012 -- #1 Brett Hundley-3,740 yds and 29 tds
* Top Receiver from 2012 Plus -- #1 WR Shaquelle Evans-60 catches and #5t RB Steven Manfro-28, #5t RB Jordon James-28, #7 WR Devin Fuller-20, #8t WR Jordan Payton-18, #8t RB Damien Thigpen-18
* 3 of Top 4 tacklers from 2012 -- #1 LB Eric Kendricks 150, #2 LB Anthony Barr 83, #4 LB Jordan Zumwalt 71
* 2 of Top 3 sack leaders from 2012 -- #1 LB Anthony Barr 13.5, #2 DL Cassius Marsh 8.0
* 2 of Top 3 tackles for loss leaders from 2012 -- #1 LB Anthony Barr 21.5, #3 DL Cassius Marsh 10.5
10 players who began the summer on NFL rosters (bold below and Aaron Hester-CB, Jeff Baca-OG)
*Leading rusher -- RB Johnathan Franklin (1,734 yards)
*#2-3-4 receivers --Y Joseph Fauria (46 catches - 637 yds - 12 tds), RB Franklin (33 catches - 323 yds - 2 tds), WR Jerry Johnson (31 catches - 428 yds - 1 td)
*Punter -- Jeff Locke (43.3 yd avg. and 34 punts inside the 20 yd. line) -- long-snapper Kevin McDermott
*Interception return leaders -- S Andrew Abbott (4) -- CB Sheldon Price (4)
*All-Purpose Yardage leader -- Franklin (2,062 yds)
*#3-5-6-7 tacklers -- S Tevin McDonald (79), DL Datone Jones (62), S Andrew Abbott (58), LB Damien Holmes (53)
AT THE STARTING LINE
Redshirt junior offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo tops four Bruin players with at least 20 career starts. Su’a-Filo has started all 28 games in his career. The defensive player with the most starts is senior end Cassius Marsh (27). The returning player with the longest starting streak is redshirt junior linebacker Eric Kendricks (18).
BRUINS NON. CONF. ROAD RECORD
With the win in the 2012 season-opener at Rice, the Bruins’ non-conference road record since 2000 is 9-7---- 2012-W-Rice; 2011-L Houston; 2010-L Kansas State; W #7 Texas; 2009-W Tennessee; 2008-L #18 BYU;2007-L Utah; 2006-L #10 Notre Dame; 2005- W San Diego State; 2004-W Illinois; 2003-L #24 Colorado, L #1 Oklahoma; 2002-W Oklahoma State, W San Diego State; 2001- W#25 Alabama, W Kansas; 2000-none.
BRUINS VS. BIG TEN TEAMS
UCLA has a 46-40-3 record in all-time games played vs. the current members of the Big Ten.
2013 TEAM CAPTAINS
Senior LB Anthony Barr, Junior OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, redshirt junior LB Eric Kendricks, redshirt junior LB Ryan Hofmeister, redshirt sophomore center Jake Brendel, redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley.
A LOOK AT THE 2013 SCHEDULE
The combined record of UCLA’s 2013 opponents was 81-73 (.526). Three opponents on the schedule won double-digit games last season (Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford). Seven opponents advanced to bowl games a year ago (Nevada-lost in New Mexico Bowl, Nebraska-lost in Capital One Bowl, Stanford-won Rose Bowl, Oregon-won Fiesta Bowl, Arizona-won New Mexico Bowl, Arizona State-won Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, USC-lost Sun Bowl).
UCLA will play this season at Utah on a Thursday night and at home versus Washington on a Friday night. Last season, UCLA opened the season with a win at Rice on a Thursday evening. In 2011, it played at Arizona on a Thursday evening. In the 2010 season, the Bruins played three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon (Th.), Nov. 18 at Washington (Th.) and (Fri.) Nov. 26 at Arizona State. Prior to 2010, 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). The most recent regular season home game played on a Friday was against Arizona on Oct. 27, 1978.
UCLA has a 7-1 record in overtime games, the last coming in the 2008 season-opener against Tennessee, a 27-24 win.
UCLA hosts New Mexico State on Sept. 21. The Aggies host UTEP on Sept. 14 in Las Cruces.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
2013 AP: Pre-Season-21st; Sept. 3-18th; Sept. 9-16th;