Sept. 13, 2010
UCLA HOSTS #23 HOUSTON
Kickoff at 7:30 PT on Sept. 18 on FSN
Bruins return home Oct. 2 vs. Washington State
GAME 3 -- UCLA (0-2, 0-1) welcomes Conference USA member Houston (2-0, ranked 23rd in both major polls this week) to the Rose Bowl on Sat. Sept. 18. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised nationally by FSN (FS West in Southern California) with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin ISP Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest. The game will also be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (127 SIRIUS). In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruins website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
The Bruins series with Houston is knotted at two wins for each institution. UCLA won at Houston in the last matchup, 42-24, in game two of the 1998 season. The teams last played in the Rose Bowl in game five of the 1997 campaign, a 66-10 Bruin win.
In the 1998 contest, UCLA overcame a slow start by scoring 21 straight second quarter points and held a 21-14 lead at the half. The Bruins got on the board with a 61-yard scoring pass from Cade McNown to Brian Poli-Dixon. A 51-yard pass play from McNown to tight end Mike Grieb set up another first-half score. Running back Jermaine Lewis tallied his third touchdown of the day to open the scoring in the second half as the Bruin began to pull away. Ryan Roques returned an interception for another score and UCLA opened up a 35-14 advantage. The Bruins went on to win 42-24 as McNown finished with 315 yards on the day. Danny Farmer caught four balls for 100 yards and Lewis finished with 63 yards on the ground to go with his three scores.
In the 1997 meeting played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA handed the Cougars a 66-10 setback. The Bruins took control of the contest early by scoring a pair touchdowns in the opening minutes and went on to enjoy a 45-3 halftime lead. McNown threw four touchdowns passes in the first half of play and totaled 297 yards in the air before turning over the reins to Drew Bennett. Bennett came on to lead two more scoring drives and linebacker Michael Wiley added another touchdown on an interception return, the sixth UH turnover of the day, in UCLA's 66-10 win.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- This week's Honorary Captain is 1998 Outland Trophy winner Kris Farris, who played at left tackle for the Bruins from 1996-98, compiling 35 career starts. Farris was on the line during the heyday of UCLA football when the Bruins won 20 straight games, a Pac-10 title and extended their streak of victories against USC to eight games. As a junior in 1998, he earned consensus All-America honors and was one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He was a third round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and also played for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. Farris, 33, earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2003 and later received an MBA from the Anderson School of Management in 2009. He works as a Sale Manager for Crest Steel Corp. in Carson and lives with his family in Orange County.
A LOOK AT THE 2010 SCHEDULE -- UCLA opened the season on Sept. 4 with its first trip ever to Kansas State. UCLA then welcomed then #25-ranked Stanford to Pasadena to open the conference schedule. The Bruins meet #23-ranked Houston this week in a nationally televised tilt on FSN. Next up, UCLA heads to play at Texas for the first time since a 1998 encounter in the Rose Bowl. UCLA topped the Longhorns 66-3 in their last trip to Austin in 1997. That win was the first of a school-record 20-straight victories for UCLA in a streak which stretched over the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Overall, the record of UCLA's 2010 opponents was 90-64 (.584) in the 2009 season. Eight of the schools (Texas 13-1, Houston 10-4, Oregon 10-3, USC 9-4, Arizona 8-5, Oregon State 8-5, Cal 8-5, Stanford 8-5) won at least eight games. The home opponents for 2010 posted a 44-34 (.564) record in 2009, while the road opponents compiled a 46-30 (.605) mark last season. The first four opponents on the schedule put together a 37-16 (.698) mark last season.
LOOKING AHEAD -- Texas, ranked sixth in the AP poll and fourth by USA Today, is next up for the Bruins in a game scheduled for Sept. 25 in Austin, TX at the 100,119-seat Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. The contest will be televised nationally by ABC. The Bruins last met UT in the 1998 season, a 49-31 Bruin win in the Rose Bowl. UCLA's last trip to Austin resulted in a 66-3 Bruin victory over the then 10th-ranked Longhorns. Quarterback Cade McNown threw five first half scoring passes on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead. The Longhorns lost in the national championship game in 2009 and posted a 13-1 mark, including an 8-0 record in the Big12 South. Coach Mack Brown entered the 2010 season with a record of 128-27 in 13 seasons at UT.
WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were listed as players "To Watch" for the 2010 major national post-season awards: junior FS Rahim Moore -- Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Bronco Naguski Trophy (best defensive player), Bednarik Award (best defensive player) Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Akeem Ayers--Lott Trophy, Naguski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award (best linebacker), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior PK Kai Forbath-Groza Award (top place kicker); junior C Kai Maiava-Rimington Trophy (best center).
FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath had connected on 40 straight field goal attempts from a distance of inside 50 yards prior to missing from 49 yards (wide right) against Stanford (he is now 40 of 41). After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon in 2008, he made his last 12 from that range in 2008, sent all 25 kicks of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights and was three for three this year prior to his miss against Stanford.
Overall, he has made 44 of his last 48 attempts. He was 28 of 31 last season and No. 1 in the nation with 2.15 field goals per game. He was second with his .903 percentage (23 or more attempts).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Junior free safety Rahim Moore picked off an NCAA-leading 10 passes in 2009 (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Temple) in 13 games last season. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 13 thefts in 27 career games. His 10 interceptions in `09 were the most by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2003 and he was second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.31).
HANDS TEAM -- Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario has made 38 catches for 599 yards in his last eight games for an average of 15.8 yards per catch. Junior wide receiver Taylor Embree has caught 36 balls for 486 yards over the last 11 contests for an average of 13.5 yards per catch.
YOUNG BRUINS -- The tentative depth chart lists just six senior position starters -- right tackle Micah Kia, right guard Eddie Williams, center Ryan Taylor, left guard Darius Savage, left tackle Sean Sheller and defensive tackle David Carter. These six seniors entered the 2010 season with a combined total of 31 career starts, 15 by Kia, eight by Savage, six by Williams and two by Taylor.
Against Kansas State, the Bruin defense opened with just four players who started more than one game in 2009.
FROSH/SOPHS -- Twenty-five of the 51 Bruins who played in the opener at Kansas State are either freshmen or sophomores. Four more true freshmen debuted against Stanford:
*four true freshmen (F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, LB Jared Koster, DT Cassius Marsh);
*five redshirt freshmen (TE Jayson Allmond, LB Isaiah Bowens, DE Keenan Graham, WR Ricky Marvray, S Stan McKay);
*six true sophomores (WR Randall Carroll, S Dalton Hilliard, F Morrell Presley, CB Sheldon Price, DE Iuta Tepa, F/CB Damien Thigpen);
*ten redshirt sophomores (CB Andrew Abbott, LB David Allen, DT Donovan Carter, TE Joseph Fauria, TB Johnathan Franklin, CB Aaron Hester, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore, P Jeff Locke, QB Kevin Prince).
In 2009, thirty-six players (24 freshmen, 12 soph.) such players saw action in the 2009 season.
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 17 players who have made their UCLA debuts in the first two games of 2010, by class:
*eight true freshmen - KSU: F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, DT Cassius Marsh, LB Jared Koster (special teams); Stanford: S Dietrich Riley, LB Jordan Zumwalt, DT Seali'i Epenesa, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa;
*five redshirt freshmen - KSU: WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, LB Isaiah Bowens, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams); Stanford: LB Isaiah Bowens;
*one redshirt sophomore - TE Joseph Fauria
*one junior - WR/KR Josh Smith
*one redshirt senior - DT Andy Keane
FIRST STARTS -- Five positional players made their first career starts in the 2010 season opener -- DT Justin Edison, DT David Carter, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore and OT Sean Sheller. In addition, DE Nate Chandler made his first start on defense.
THEN, NOW, FOREVER
Head coach Rick Neuheisel and UCLA Athletics host a pre-game tailgate tent for all alumni Bruin football players to enjoy each other's company prior to each contest (except Homecoming, when there is a different event for all alumni student-athletes). The tent is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Thompson National Properties, LLC, Shannon and Andy Meyers and Bar One Catering. Each former player is admitted for free and is allowed to bring a guest free of charge (additional guests may come for a nominal fee).
UCLA FAN ZONE IN AREA H
What better way to experience the passion of college football than Saturday tailgating at the Rose Bowl! The UCLA Fan Zone caters to all football fans: families, sports fans, alumni and students. The UCLA Fan Zone showcases:
--KLAC/UCLA ISP Radio Stage AM570 - the centerpiece of the area is the live broadcast of the "Bruin Game Day" pre-game show hosted by former UCLA quarterbacks Wayne Cook (1991-94) and Matt Stevens (1983-86). KLAC 570 AM (Los Angeles) is the flagship for the network. Network affiliates include: KWDJ 1360 AM (Ridgecrest) and KCTC 1320 AM (Sacramento). The UCLA ISP Sports Network feed is also carried nationally on Sirius XM Satellite radio with longtime voice of the Bruins Chris Roberts joining Cook and Stevens.
--Jumbo Screen Televisions
--Bruin Kids Club
--Interactive Entertainment & Activities
--Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent
The UCLA Fan Zone opens four (4) hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE!
Beginning October 2, the Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent located in the Fan Zone, offers Bruin fans exclusive pre-game tailgate tent hospitality. Shallots will satisfy your hunger and beverages needs.
Individual Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate tent passes are available. To order your pass today, go to the football page on www.uclabruins.com and check out the Football Fun Zone link.
UCLA FAN ZONE REFRESHMENTS
The Fan Zone also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants on a season basis: American Pretzel, Baja Grill, Carl's Jr., Teri & Yaki, Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Pizza Square, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ and Bristol Farms. The following food trucks are committed for one game each: The Sweets Truck (9/11), Kabob and Roll (9/18), Nam-Nam Truck (10/2), Nana Queen's (10/30), Fishlips Sushi (11/6) and Frysmith. (12/4).
The Alumni Band will also be performing in the Fan Zone.