Oct. 29, 2012
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UCLA (6-2, 3-2), ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press poll, hosts 24th-ranked Arizona (5-3, 2-3) on Saturday, Nov. 3, the first of three home dates in the Rose Bowl during the month of November. The contest will kickoff at 7:37 p.m. PT and be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and former Wildcat offensive lineman Glenn Parker in the booth and former UCLA linebacker Ryan Nece on the sidelines.
The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 570am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS (Ch. 139)/ XM (Ch. 196).
UCLA owns a 11-4-2 record in games played in Los Angeles (8-4-1 in the Rose Bowl). A year ago in Tucson, the Bruins fell behind 42-7, at the half, and lost 48-12. Quarterback Kevin Prince moved into the school's all-time Top 10 in completions for a career during that contest.
In the 2010 game, played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA battled back from a 19-7 halftime deficit to close to 26-21 with 14:24 to play in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Richard Brehaut connected on scoring passes of 68 yards and 49 yards to lead the comeback attempt. Arizona hit a late field goal to secure a 29-21 win. Brehaut finished with 228 yards passing, while for U of A, Matt Scott connected on 24 of 36 passes for 319 yards.
In UCLA's last win in the series, quarterback Patrick Cowan came on for an injured Ben Olson and helped guide the Bruins to a 27-7 decision in the Rose Bowl in 2006. Cowan threw for 201 yards and two scores in the contest. The UCLA defense, which forced two fumbles and returned an interception for a score in the game, limited the Wildcats to minus 13 yards rushing in the game.
**Senior RB Johnathan Franklin, the Pac-12's leading rusher, has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award for Collegiate Player of the Year
**QB Brett Hundley's 18 touchdown passes move his past Tommy Maddox (17 in 1990) for UCLA's freshman record; Drew Olson holds the overall season mark, 34 scoring tosses in 2005; Hundley is tied for seventh on that season list -- Hundley also has 186 completions, a total which is also first on the freshman list (Maddox 182, was No. 1)
** Y receiver Joseph Fauria, who was named to the Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, has caught a pass in 16 straight games; he moved into T-7th on the all-time UCLA touchdown receptions list (14) with his scoring grab at Arizona State (J.J. Stokes, 1991-94, is No. 1 at 28; Marcedes Lewis, 2002-05, is second on that list, with 21, and first among Bruin tight ends)
**With a career total of 3,711 rushing yards, Johnathan Franklin sits in second place on the all-time school list .... He is 20 yards shy of tying Gaston Green's (1984-87) school mark of 3,731 yards.
**LB Anthony Barr, playing his first season on defense, is ranked 8th in the nation in sacks (8.5 sacks-1.06/g)
**Hundley (2,190 passing yds) became the third Bruin freshman quarterback to record at least 2,000 yards passing yards for a season at ASU - Tommy Maddox 2,682 in 1990 and Kevin Prince 2,050 in 2009
**LB Eric Kendricks leads the Pac-12 in tackles (9.2); In his last three games, he has recorded 38 tackles (12.7); He has started past 11 games and made 98 tackles (8.9 avg.) ... Kendricks had career-best 17 stops at ASU
**DL Cassius Marsh has totaled 21 stops in the last three games (4.5 for loss)
**UCLA has played 25 freshmen so far this season -- 12 true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen. UCLA started seven freshmen on offense in the game against Utah and six at ASU.
**UCLA has won 14 of its last 18 games when winning the turnover battle (.778) and dropped 28 of its last 41 games (.317) when losing or tying the turnover ratio
**RB Johnathan Franklin ranks 7th in the nation in rushing (130.25/g, second among BCS conf. rushers) ... He put together two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...The senior ranks 14th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (156.25) and has caught a career-best 17 passes this season
**UCLA is ranked T6th in the nation in sacks (3.38/g) after being ranked T-112th last season (1.00)
**Johnathan Franklin (1,042 yards rushing to date this season; 1,127 in 2010) became the eighth joined Bruin back to have had multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons --- DeShaun Foster - 2001: 1,109 / 2000: 1,037 -- Skip Hicks - 1997: 1,282 / 1996: 1,034 -- Karim Abdul-Jabbar - 1995: 1,571 / 1994: 1,227-- Gaston Green - 1987: 1,098 / 1986: 1,405--Freeman McNeil - 1980: 1,105 / 1979: 1,396--Theotis Brown - 1978: 1,283 / 1976: 1,092--Wendell Tyler - 1975:1,388 / 1976: 1,003
** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price ranks T5th in the nation in interceptions (0.57 per game)
**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 eighth to total at least three, 300-yard games in a season.
Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 -1998, Tom Ramsey 4 -1982, Troy Aikman 3 - 1988, Tommy Maddox 3 - 1990, Cory Paus 3 - 2000, Kevin Prince 3 - 2009, Drew Olson 3 - 2005, Hundley 3 - 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Paus 7, D.Olson 4, Maddox 4, Aikman 4, Ramsey 4, Hundley 3 and others
**UCLA has won 11 of its last 12 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards
**Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, leads the Pac-12 with 23 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line and 43 touchbacks on kickoffs this season, as he helps the Bruins win the field position battle
**UCLA had not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any previous three-game stretch, prior to his season (complete records date back to 1958 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games, with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2005 (3); 1998 (5); 1996 (3); 1991 (4); 1987 (3); 1986 (4); 1976 (5); 1973 (5) (dating back to 1965)
**Franklin now ranks sixth on UCLA's career all-purpose yardage list at 4,118 yards - sixth on the list is DeShaun Foster, 1998-01 with 4,028 and first on that list is Maurice Jones-Drew, 2003-05 with 4,688
**Franklin's 3,711 career rushing yards rank fifth among active FBS players (1-Montee Ball, Wisc.-4,338)
**Utah was the 17th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent to less than 20 points
**Arizona State was Franklin's 16th career 100-yard rushing game, moving him into third on all-time school list
**UCLA won its first two road games of a season for the first time since 2005 when it captured wins in its initial three road games on the way to a 10-2 record for the year
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State rank fifth all-time at UCLA. It was the sixth 400-yard game in school history.
**ASU (212 yds) was the fifth 200-yard rushing game of the season for UCLA... The Bruins had six such games last year...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 have won 23 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (80-3-1 all-time).
UCLA is now bowl eligible in 2012. It has played in bowl games in eight of the last 10 seasons (not 2010, 2008). It is the first time the Bruins have been eligible before the month of November since 2005.
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 ... Defensive back Tevin McDonald's(#7) brother, Tim Jr., plays at USC and his dad, Tim, played in the NFL from 1987-99 with the Cardinals and 49ers ... Defensive back Sheldon Price's(#22) dad, Dennis, played at UCLA from 1984-87 and then in the NFL with the Raiders ... Punter Jeff Locke(#18) has been named to the All-Conference academic team the past three seasons; he has finished 12th (2011), fourth (2010) and 16th (2009) in the nation in punting average ... OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (#56) spent the last two years 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) ... Offensive guard Alexandru Ceachir (#76) came to this country two years ago from Moldova (located between Romania and Ukraine) and can speak four languages - Russian, English, Romanian, Ukranian ... Freshman linebacker Aaron Porter's (#30) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the school's Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons'(#2) brother, Rodney, also played for USC ... Brett Hundley's(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back for the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a 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 and Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teamsCoord./ 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 (who was on 49ers' defense coached by Jim Mora), Y receivers coach Marques Tuiasosopo, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include freshmen Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third rd. of 1985 draft); 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 freshman linebacker Aaron Wallace's (#12) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel's (#11) dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11) ... In addition, Jerry Rice, Jr.'s (#88) dad was a 13-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and Oakland ... Y receiver Joseph Fauria's (#8) uncle, Christian, played at Colorado and for 13 seasons in the NFL with Seattle, New England, Washington, Carolina ... P Jeff Locke was named UCLA's male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12.