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Oct. 25, 2010

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GAME 8 -- UCLA (3-4, 1-3) returns home to the Rose Bowl on Sat. Oct. 30 to host No. 15 (AP) Arizona (6-1, 3-1). Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised across the nation by FSN (Prime Ticket in LA area) with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline.
The Bruins are playing at home for the first time since an Oct. 2 tilt with Washington State. The UCLA ISP Radio Network and AM 570 (KLAC) will radio broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action and it will be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (90 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.

HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Former UCLA standout lineman Bruce Walton, who lettered in 1970-71-72 while playing for coaches Tommy Prothro and Pepper Rodgers, will serve as the honorary captain for today's game. Walton, the older brother of Bruin basketball great Bill Walton, blocked along the offensive line for the likes of Marv Kendricks and Kermit Johnson. He held the school record for consecutive starts, at 32, for a number of years.
In 1970 as a sophomore, Walton earned All-Pac-8 Academic Team honors while starting 11 games. The Bruins defeated USC 45-20 in Coach Tommy Prothro's final season. The next year, under first-year coach Pepper Rodgers, Walton started all 10 games. As a senior in 1972, Walton played on a team that rushed for 3,810 yards and scored 38 rushing touchdowns -- both school records at the time. The Bruins opened his senior season with a memorable 20-17 win over top-ranked Nebraska on the the way to an 8-3 record and a second-place finish in the Pacific-8 Conference. Following his senior campaign, Walton earned First-Team All-Pac-8 honors and Academic All-America status. He also went on to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Walton was selected in the fifth round of the 1973 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played for the Cowboys in the 1973-74-75 seasons before a knee injury ended his career. The Cowboys captured the NFC Eastern Division title in 1973. In 1975, Walton's Cowboys bested the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl X.
Following his professional football career, he entered radio sales and management and rose through the ranks, spending 25 years in the industry and owning an FM station in the San Diego area for several years. After he sold the station in the mid-1990s, he began a second career in management. Walton is now Director/Government Relations for Competitor Group (CGI), the world's largest endurance sports platform delivering iconic brands, premium content, world-class events and superior marketing solutions. Walton lives with his wife Julie in San Diego.

THE SERIES WITH ARIZONA -- UCLA owns a 19-13-2 edge in the series record with the `Cats. The Bruins have dropped the last three contests played, including a 27-13 decision a season ago in Tucson. UCLA's last win in the series was a 27-7 victory in 2006 over the Wildcats at the Rose Bowl. UA bested the Bruins 31-10 in the last meeting played in the Rose Bowl in 2008. Arizona earned a 34-27 decision in the 2007 contest played in Tucson. Rick Neuheisel is 4-2 overall vs. Arizona, 0-2 while at UCLA.
In last year's Bruin loss in Tucson (game 7), UCLA forced five UA turnovers but still came up short. Rahim Moore recorded his third multi-interception game of that season, with two picks, while Tony Dye returned a fumble 28-yards for a score. UCLA utilized three quarterbacks in the game and generated 211 yards of total offense. Arizona jumped out to a 13-0 lead and took a 13-3 advantage to the dressing room at the break. UCLA narrowed the margin to 13-6 with a field goal at the 13:39 mark of the third quarter, but Arizona answered with a scoring pass at 8:34 to take a 20-6 lead. Dye's fumble return sliced the gap to 20-13 with 5:20 to play in the third quarter. Arizona scored on a short run in the waning moments of the quarter and led 27-13 after three quarters of action. Neither team managed to score in the final quarter.
In the Pac-10 opener (game three) of the 2008 season, Arizona topped the Bruins 31-10 in the Rose Bowl. Arizona took a 17-10 lead at the halftime break. Following a scoreless third quarter, UA tacked on a pair of scores in the final quarter to end the game with a 31-10 verdict.
In the 2006 Bruin win (game 5) at the Rose Bowl, Patrick Cowan came on for an injured Ben Olson and threw for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Bruin defense limited UA to -13 yards rushing and Alterraun Verner added the final score of the day on an 89-yard interception return.

LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will welcome Oregon State to the Rose Bowl on Nov. 6. The Bruins lead the all-time series 39-15-4. The Beavers have won the last two meetings, including the 2008 contest (34-6) which was played in Pasadena. OSU captured the 2009 game played in Corvallis by a score of 26-19. The last Bruin win came during the 2007 campaign, a 40-14 decision at Oregon State. UCLA will then play at Washington on Thursday, Nov. 18.

NEW JERSEYS -- The new UCLA TECHFIT jersey from adidas made its debut at Oregon. It is a complete reconstruction of the standard uniform with multiple innovations to reduce the weight of the jersey by 30 percent. These technologies include a streamlined fit, new fabric, reduced seams and an ultra lightweight name and numbering system. In addition, the UCLA TECHFIT jersey keeps players cool with integrated ventilation zones and moisture management fabric. Reduced seams and a restriction-free, high-stretch collar design increases range of motion to support player agility and speed.

MID-WEEK GAMES -- This season, the Bruins will play three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon, Nov. 18 at Washington and Nov. 26 at Arizona State. Prior to this year, 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).

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); sophomore LB Patrick Larimore-Nagurski Trophy; sophomore P Jeff Locke-Ray Guy Award (best punter).

MID-SEASON HONORS -- Junior linebacker Akeem Ayers and junior safety Rahim Moore have been named to the Phil Steele first-team mid-season All-America team. Senior long snapper Christian Yount is on the second team. Ayers has also been named a Butkus Award semifinalist and a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist.

A LOOK AT THE 2010 SCHEDULE -- Arizona is the fifth school to be ranked in the AP poll at the time of its game versus the Bruins. The last time the Bruins played as many as five ranked opponents (at the time of the game) during the regular season was in the 2003 campaign (5--24 Colorado, 1 Oklahoma, 18 Washington,12 Washington State, 2 USC); it met seven ranked opponents (25 Alabama, 21 Ohio State, 19 Oregon State, 10 Washington, 20 Stanford, 16 Washington State, 7 Oregon) during the 2001 slate.
The combined record of UCLA's 2010 opponents was 90-64 (.584) in 2009. Eight of the schools (Texas 13-1, Houston 10-4, Oregon 10-3, USC 9-4, Arizona 8-5, Oregon St. 8-5, Cal 8-5, Stanford 8-5) won at least eight games.

* UCLA has won seven of its last 12 home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Houston (2010-23rd), Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and losses to ASU (2007-9th), Fresno State (2008-25th), USC (2008-5th), Oregon (2009-13th) and Stanford (2010-25th).
* UCLA has defeated four of its last eight Top 10-ranked opponents.
+ Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006.
+ Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
+ Lost to Arizona St.(No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
+ Defeated Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
+ Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007.
+ Lost to USC (No. 5 AP, No. 5 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 6, 2008
+ Won at Texas (No. 7 AP, No. 4 USA Today) on Sept. 25, 2010
+ Lost at Oregon (No. 1 AP, No. 1 USA Today) on Oct. 21, 2010
* UCLA's 34-12 win at Texas on Sept. 25 was its first road victory over a ranked team (AP) since Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7). UCLA's last road victory over a Top10 school (AP) had been Oct. 10, 1998 at #10 Arizona (52-28).

FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath (82 field goals) is just three field goals shy of the UCLA career record (85) and five shy of the NCAA career record (87). He had connected on 40 straight field goal attempts from a distance of inside 50 yards prior to missing earlier this season from 49 yards (wide right) against Stanford (he is now 45 of 47). 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 from that range 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.
He has made 51 of his last 56 overall attempts. He was 28 of 31 in 2009 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 tallied his first interception of the 2010 season against Houston and moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time school list (14). In 2009, he 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. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). 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).

FRANKLIN ON THE RUN -- Redshirt sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin ranks 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 with his average of 106.86 yards per game. He has rushed for over 100 yards five times in his career and had a streak of three straight games earlier this season (158-Houston/118 Texas/ 216 Washington State), the first time a Bruin had done it since Maurice Drew in 2004 (Illinois, Washington and San Diego State).
Franklin has totaled 748 yards in his first seven games of the 2010 season. Here are some other recent seven-game totals: 2007 Kahlil Bell-728; 2006 Chris Markey-621; 2004 Maurice Jones Drew-787; 2001 DeShaun Foster-1,007; 1997 Skip Hicks-644; 1995 Karim Abdul-Jabbar-995; 1994 Karim Abdul-Jabbar-760; 1991 Kevin Williams-599.

FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 20 players who have made their UCLA debuts in the first six games of 2010, by class: *10 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; Houston: CB Anthony Jefferson; Texas: OL Chris Ward
*seven redshirt freshmen - KSU: WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams); Stanford: LB Isaiah Bowens; Texas: C Greg Capella; WSU: DB Alex Mascarenas (special teams)
*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. Against Houston, DE Keenan Graham became the sixth player to record his first career start this season. At Texas, WR Ricky Marvray became the seventh player to make his first start. QB Richard Brehaut became the eighth player to make his first career start vs. Washington State. At Cal, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa became the ninth player to make the first start of his Bruin career. F-back Anthony Barr (10th player) made his first start at Oregon.

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).

The 2010 Bruin Varsity Club Tailgate party will begin promptly at 9:30 am. Come early and mix with other Bruins, enjoy some great food and drinks, and rock out to the musical stylings of the Flashback Heart Attack!! NO CASH will be accepted at check-in. Please pay with a check made out to the Bruin Varsity Club or provide your credit card information.

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 (AM570)/UCLA ISP Radio Stage - 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
--Food Vendors
--Bruin Kids Club
--UCLA Store
--Interactive Entertainment & Activities
--VIP Hospitality
--Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent
--The Alumni Band and Spirit Squads will also be performing in the Fan Zone.
The UCLA Fan Zone opens four (4) hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE!

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.

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: Nana Queen's (10/30), Fishlips Sushi (11/6) and Frysmith. (12/4).

The 2010 UCLA Athletics All-Academic Team will be recognized during the game against Arizona. The All-Academic Team is comprised of team members from the 22 sports with the highest grade-point average from their respective teams. The cumulative gpa of the team this year is 3.604. To be considered for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be an active member of the squad, be of sophomore standing, and have completed a minimum of 60 units at UCLA.
This year's Team includes - Justin Uribe, baseball (English major) from Santa Ana, CA; Allison Taka, women's basketball (Sociology) Culver City, CA; Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, men's basketball (Communication and Global Studies) St. Louis, MO; Taryn Pastoor, w-cross country (Political Science) Murrieta, CA; Marc Hausmaniger, m-cross country (English) Lake Forest, CA; Jeff Locke, football (Economics) Glendale, AZ; Connor Driscoll, m-golf (Political Science) Encinitas, CA; Glory Yang, w-golf (Business Economics) Murrieta, CA; Aisha Gerber, gymnastics (World Arts and Culture) Cambridge, Canada; Lynn Hancock, rowing (Political Science) Vancouver, CA; Daren Flitcroft, m-soccer (Communication Studies) Great Falls, VA; Elise Brit, w-soccer (Psychobiology) Santa Rosa, CA; Monica Harrison, softball (Anthropology) Garden Grove, CA; Isabel Williams, swimming & diving (Political Science) Bainbridge Island, WA; Jeffrey Gast, m-tennis (Applied Math) Saratoga, CA; Andrea Remynse, w-tennis (Political Science) Battle Creek, MI; Nigel Davies, m-track & field (History) Torrance, CA; Shannon Armstrong, w-track& field (History) Westlake Village, CA; Dylan Bowermaster, m-volleyball (Business Economics) Huntington Beach, CA; Amber McBenttez, w-volleyball (Sociology) Placentia, CA; Ben Hohl, m-water polo (Business Economics) Atherton, CA; Kelsey Hafferkamp, w-water polo (Communications Studies) Oakland, CA.

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