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UCLA-Tennessee Post-Game Notes
By: UCLA Athletics

Sept. 1, 2008

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*UCLA is now 59-26-5 in season openers and has won four consecutive opening day games.

*UCLA has won four of the six LA games against Tennessee and is now 5-7-2 in the overall series.

*Over the last five seasons UCLA's home record is 25-7, and the Bruins have captured wins in 17 of the last 20 games played at home in the Rose Bowl.

*UCLA's record in overtime is now 7-1 all-time, with its only loss coming in 2000 at California, 46-38 (3ot). UCLA's last overtime win came on Oct. 29, 2005 at Stanford (30-27).

*Tennessee had won six straight overtime games, with its last prior loss coming Sept. 30, 2000 at LSU (38-31). Tennessee's record in overtime is now 7-2.

*UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel won his first game as the Bruin head coach, becoming the first UCLA head coach since Terry Donahue in 1976 to win his first game.

*UCLA true freshman Sean Westgate returned a blocked punt by Akeem Ayers for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give UCLA the first score of the game. It was UCLA's first blocked punt return for a TD since Eric McNeal in 2006 vs. Stanford (12 yards) and the first TD scored on a blocked punt against Tennessee in the Phillip Fulmer era, which began in 1992.

*Alterraun Verner's second quarter interception was the seventh of his career.

*Tennessee's Nevin McKenzie returned an interception for a 61-yard touchdown, the first INT return for a touchdown against the Bruins since 2006 (Tony Carter, Florida State, 86 yards).

*Freshman Raymond Carter rushed for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put UCLA ahead, 16-14. It was his first career touchdown.

*With seven receptions for 65 yards, including the go-ahead 3-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter, tight end Ryan Moya established a new career high in single-game receptions (previous high was four against Stanford and Arizona in 2006).

*Moya's seven receptions were the most by a Bruin tight end since Marcedes Lewis caught 7 passes against Arizona State in 2005.

*Wide receiver Terrence Austin had five receptions to tie his career high (at Washington State, 2007)

*Safety Rahim Moore is the first UCLA non-special teams true freshman to start a season opener for the Bruins since Matt Ware (CB) in 2001. He recovered a fumble in the red zone in the third quarter.

*Bruins making their first starts today: Aaron Ware, Rahim Moore, Sonny Tevaga, Nick Ekbatani and Kevin Craft.

*Playing for the first time as Bruins: Courtney Viney, Steve Sloan, Sonny Tevaga, Akeem Ayers, Glenn Love, Brandon Bennett, Nate Chandler, Raymond Carter, Kevin Craft, Mike Schmitt and Reginald Stokes.

*True freshmen playing for the first time: Sean Westgate, Rahim Moore, Cory Harkey, Taylor Embree, Tony Dye, Antwon Moutra and Nelson Rosario.

*Today's attendance was 68,546.

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