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UCLA will hold its home opener against Memphis on Saturday. (Photo by Greg Turk)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Football Set for 2014 Home Opener Against Memphis
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/02/2014

LOS ANGELES - UCLA (1-0 and ranked #11 in both the Associated Press and the Coaches polls) welcomes Memphis (1-0 from the American Athletic Conference) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Jill Savage on the scene. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 1150am radio. The game will also be aired on SIRIUS (Ch. 92), XM (Ch. 198).

The No. 7 AP preseason ranking was the highest for the program since it was also ranked No. 7 prior to the 1998 campaign. UCLA climbed as high as No. 7 during the regular season in 2005. The Bruins have now played as a ranked team for 20 straight games. UCLA was ranked in 25 straight contests in 1997-99.

UCLA has won three straight season-openers (UVa, Nevada-2013, at Rice-2012) and has also been the victor in its last three home openers over Nevada (2013), Nebraska (2012) and San Jose State (2011).

Third-year head coach Jim Mora, who led the Bruins to victory in the Sun Bowl over Virginia Tech to match the school record for wins in a season (10-3) welcomes back 18 (8 defensive, 8 offensive, 2 specialists) starters. 

Season tickets for 2014 are on sale at uclabruins.com/tickets. The Bruins have six home games this season at the Rose Bowl – Sept. 6 vs. Memphis, Oct. 4 vs. Utah, Oct. 11 vs. Oregon, Nov. 1 vs. Arizona, Nov. 22 vs. USC and Nov. 28 vs. Stanford.

HONORARY CAPTAIN — UCLA will honor Sam Storey, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode at this week’s game.

VERSUS MEMPHIS — UCLA has never met Memphis in football. The Tigers opened the season by defeating Austin Peay 63-0. Last year, Memphis posted a 3-9 record with four of its losses by seven points or less. Head coach Justin Fuente was an assistant coach at TCU prior to coming aboard at Memphis.

IN BRIEF

**UCLA has won 8 of its last 9 non-conference matchups, losing to Baylor (‘12). It has won all 7 regular season non-conference games and split a pair of bowl games under Coach Mora.

**Redshirt senior LB Eric Kendricks led the team with 16 tackles at UVa and in the process moved up to sixth on the all-time school tackle list ... He was named National Defensive Player of the Week by Walter Camp, Athlon Sports, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski ... He is the first Bruin to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons (106-’13/ 150-’12) 1988-89 (Craig Davis).

**UCLA started a true freshman on the offensive line in the season-opener for third straight season (Najee Toran-2014; Alex Redmond-2013; Simon Goines-2012)

**QB Brett Hundley finished the 2013 season with one interception in his last 158 passing attempts and none in his last 77.He currently has thrown one pick in his last 191 passing attempts and none over his last 110. The school mark is 199 set by Drew Olson in 2005 season.

**UCLA played seven true freshmen (OL Najee Toran, DB Jaleel Wadood, DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, DL Matt Dickerson, LB Zach Whitley, LB Kenny Young, WR Mossi Johnson) in the opener at UVa. Last season, it established a school record by playing 18 true freshmen during the year. It also matched the school record of seven true freshmen position players starting in a game (2013 games at Oregon, vs. Colorado).

**Sophomore LB Myles Jack recorded a career-best 13 tackles at UVa. He became the first player in Pac-12 Conference history to be selected both Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. He was also one of five finalists for the Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.

**Junior receiver Jordan Payton made a career-best eight catches at UVa for a career-high 98 yards.

**DL Kenny Clark registered a career-best eight tackles in the opener at UVa.

**UCLA’s three defensive scores were the first by a Bruin team since a 1986 contest at Oregon State, played in Portland, Ore., where LB Eric Smith (fumble), DB Craig Rutledge (int.) and DB Alan Dial (int.) each scored.

**The Bruins became the first FBS team since 2009 to score three defensive touchdowns in one quarter; they also were the first in a decade to score three in one half against a Power Five conference opponent.

** LB Eric Kendricks tops the team with 30 career starts; QB Brett Hundley is next at 28

**UCLA has forced a turnover in 12 straight games

**Thirty-two freshmen and sophomores saw action in the opener vs. Virginia - seven true freshmen.

**UCLA is 9-4 in true road games (4-2 in ‘13 and ‘12) under Coach Mora...In 2012, the Bruins won as many as four road games in a season for the first time since 2002.

BRUINS NON.-CONF. RECORD — With the 2014 win at Virginia, the Bruins’ non-conference record since 2012 is 8-1---- 2013-W-Nevada, W-at Nebraska, W-New Mex St., W-Va Tech.; 2012-W-at Rice, W-Nebraska, W-Houston, L-Baylor

BRUINS NON. CONF. ROAD RECORD — With the 2014 win at Virginia, the Bruins’ non-conference road record since 2000 is 11-7---- 2014-W-UVa; 2013-W-Nebraska; 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.

ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE

*UCLA is 10-3 at home in the Rose Bowl over the last two seasons

* UCLA has won 25 of its last 30 non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl.

(2013: W-Nevada/ W-New Mex. St.; 2012: W-Nebraska/ W-Houston; 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 11 of its last 20 home games played vs. AP-ranked opponents: Wins over USC (2012-21st), Arizona (2012-24th), Nebraska (2012-17th), Arizona State (2011-20th), Houston (2010-23rd), Tennessee(2008-18th), Oregon(2007-9th), Cal (2007-10th),USC(2006-2nd), Cal (2005-10th) and Oklahoma(2005-21st); Losses to Arizona State (2013-19th), Stanford (2012-11th), Texas (2011-24th),Arizona (2010-15th),Stanford (2010-25th),Oregon(2009-13th),USC(2008-5th),Fresno State (2008-25th),ASU(2007-9th)

BRUINS IN THE POLLS — The Bruins finished ranked in the final polls in 2013 for the first time since the 2005 season. UCLA moved as high as 9th in the Associated Press rankings during the 2013 season. The last time the Bruins were ranked higher was during the first week of November 2005 (7th). UCLA moved as high as 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll in the 2012 season. It was most recently in the top five of the Associated Press poll in the 2001 season when it spent two weeks at No. 4 after winning its first six games.


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