Oct. 20, 2008
GAME 8 - UCLA (3-4, 2-2 in Pac-10 play) travels to play at California (4-2, 2-1) on Sat., Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by ABC with Terry Gannon and David Norrie in the booth. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. The game also will be carried live on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 140). In addition, UCLA is producing a Spanish-language broadcast of all home games which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
SERIES WITH CALIFORNIA - The Bruins and Golden Bears will meet for the 79th time on Saturday in a series which dates back to 1933. The Bruins lead the series by a count of 49-28-1. The teams have split the last eight meetings, with each squad winning on its home field during the run. UCLA's last win in Berkeley came in the 1998 season (28-16).
UCLA won last year's meeting in the Rose Bowl, upsetting the then-10th-ranked Golden Bears by a score of 30-21. The win improved UCLA's Pac-10 record to 4-0 at the time. After Cal had taken a 14-13 lead at the half, UCLA used a 29-yard scoring pass from wide receiver Brandon Breazell to Dominique Johnson to move in front 20-14 lead early in the third quarter. Cal responded with a late third quarter scoring pass of its own to take a one-point lead into the final 15 minutes of play. A 27-yard field goal by Kai Forbath put UCLA up 23-21 with 3:08 left to play. After Cal had driven to the UCLA 30-yard line, cornerback Alterraun Verner stepped in front of a Nate Longshore pass and returned the interception 76 yards for a touchdown at the 1:33 mark to seal the Bruin win.
In the last trip to Berkeley, the Bruins dropped a 38-24 decision in game nine of 2006. Quarterback Patrick Cowan threw for a career-best 329 yards in the contest and UCLA racked up 516 yards of total offense on the day, however it was not enough. Cal led 14-10 at the half and quickly added to the margin on a scoring pass at the 7:38 mark of the third quarter and a punt return for a score with 2:36 to play. A Cal rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter made it 35-10 in favor of the home team. UCLA scored a couple of fourth quarter touchdowns on runs by Chris Markey (70-yards) and Chane Moline (one-yard) to narrow the final margin.
Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 3-1 record versus California, with each meeting coming while he was head coach at the University of Washington.
LINEUPS AND STARTS
FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS
- Sixteen players (11 on offense and five on defense) have made their first starts this season. Six players made their first position starts --- S Aaron Ware; S Rahim Moore; OG Sonny Tevaga; OT Nick Ekbatani; QB Kevin Craft; WR Terrence Austin - versus Tennessee. At BYU, OG Darius Savage, TE Cory Harkey and LB Akeem Ayers made their first starts. Versus Arizona, WR Taylor Embree, C Jake Dean and LB Steve Sloan made their first starts. Against Fresno State, TE Nate Chandler and OT Jeff Baca made their first starts. DE Reginald Stokes made his first start at Oregon. TE Jeff Miller made his first start versus Stanford.
TEAM NOTES -
- UCLA's defense has allowed opponent offenses to convert on eight of the last 37 third down conversion attempts in the last three games.
- UCLA's offense has successfully converted on 28 of its last 56 (50.0%) third down opportunities over the last three games.
- Oregon's 42 yards passing is the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air.
- UCLA has allowed just 93 passing yards (10 completions in 32 attempts) in the last two games.
- Washington State's 177 yards of total offense was UCLA's best defensive effort since holding Oregon to 148 net yards last season. That was the best effort by a Bruin defense since holding Arkansas to 42 net yards in the 1989 Cotton Bowl.
- Washington State's 26 net yards rushing was the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since UCLA held Arizona to minus-13 yards rushing in 2006.
- UCLA's 234 rushing yards against Fresno State was its highest total since running for 333 yards against Washington last season (game four).
- Has held 14 opponents over the last two-plus seasons to less than 100 yards of rushing offense.
- Held six opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground in the 2007 season (52-Stanford, 44-BYU, 46-Notre Dame, 67-Cal, 43-Oregon, 34-BYU/bowl).
- In 13 games in 2007, opponents converted 62 of 214 (29.0%) third down opportunities and UCLA ranked third in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in that category.
- UCLA held its 13 opponents to 1,419 net rushing yards on 472 attempts (3.0 average) and ranked 25th in the nation (109.15) in rushing defense in 2007.
- Over the last five-plus seasons, UCLA is 21-2 when it scores at least 30 points in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row).
- Over the last five-plus seasons, the Bruins are 21-3 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, and had a 16-game winning streak snapped when they lost the Las Vegas Bowl, 17-16.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
- The Bruins have captured wins in 19 of the last 24 games (.792) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
- Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 27-9 (.750).
- UCLA has won 17 of its last 21 (.810) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2008: L Fresno State / W Tennessee; 2007: L Notre Dame / W BYU; 2006: W Rice / W Utah; 2005: W Oklahoma / W Rice; 2004: W San Diego State / L Okla. State; 2003: W San Diego State / W Illinois; 2002: L Colorado / W Colorado State; 2001: W Ohio State; 2000: W Michigan, W Fresno State, W Alabama; 1999: W Fresno State / W Boise State; 1998: W Texas).
- UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
- UCLA has won six of its last eight home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and the losses to ASU (2007-9th) and Fresno State 2008-25th).
- UCLA has defeated three of the last five Top 10-ranked opponents it has faced.
- + Won against Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
- + Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
- + Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006.
- + Lost to Arizona State (No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
- + Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007.
- UCLA's last road victory over a ranked team (AP) came on Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7).
#1 Alterraun Verner - JUNIOR DEFENSIVE BACK
- Picked off eighth career pass against WSU.
- Made career-high 13 tackles at BYU.
- Ranks 4th in Pac-10 and T-22nd in NCAA with 1.29 passes defensed per game in 2008.
- Ranks 12th in Pac-10 in tackles (6.71)in 2008.
- Has three interception returns for touchdown in his career (34 yards-Utah, 2006; 89 yards-Arizona, 2006; 76 yards-California, 2007).
- That total ties the UCLA record held by Jerry Robinson (1975-78), Marcus Turner (1985-88) and Spencer Havner (2002-05).
#51 Reggie Carter - REDSHIRT JR. LINEBACKER
- His 20 tackles at BYU were the most by a Bruin since Eric Turner made 21 vs. Oregon on Nov. 11, 1989.
- Ranks eighth (tied) in Pac-10 with 7.14 tackles per game.
#92 Brian Price - SOPH. DEFENSIVE TACKLE
- Leads the team with 7.0 tackles for loss this season (T-7th in Pac-10). He has made 14 TFL in the last 11 games.
- He had three tackles for loss in the bowl game versus BYU and recorded all seven of his tackles for loss last year in the final four games of the season.
#25 Kai Forbath - REDSHIRT SOPH. PLACE KICKER
- Second on the all-time list of UCLA kickers with field goals of 50 or more yards (Justin Medlock-6).
- First Bruin to record five kicks of 50 or more yards in same season (2007) and second to kick two in the same game (Medlock-2004 at Oregon).
- His 54-yard field goal versus Oregon in 2007 was third longest in UCLA history.
- Leads Pac-10 in field goals (1.43 per game) in 2008.
#4 Terrence Austin - JUNIOR KICK RETURNER
- Currently 14th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (162.00).
- Ranks fifth (tied) on the all-time UCLA Punt Returns list.
- Set a UCLA game record with 208 kickoff return yards versus Fresno State.
- His 25 kickoff returns in 2008 rank third (tied) at UCLA for one season.
#25 Bret Lockett - SENIOR SAFETY
- Ranks fourth in Pac-10 with 7.50 tackles per game in 2008.
- His defensive PAT for two points versus Fresno State was only the second in UCLA history (Matt Clark did it versus USC in 2003).
#54 Kyle Bosworth - SENIOR LINEBACKER
- His19 tackles at Washington State and safety Dennis Keyes' 19 tackles at USC in 2007 were the most by a Bruin player since Eric Turner made 21 against Oregon on Nov. 11, 1989.
- That total of 19 stops ranks ninth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list.
#36 Kahlil Bell - SENIOR TAILBACK
- Named to the 2008 Doak Walker watch list
- Has scored five touchdowns in his last four games
- Would have finished fifth in the Pac-10 with an average of 99.38 yards per game (he did not have enough games to qualify due to injury).
- Bell has a total of five career 100-yard games (195-Stanford, 2007; 142-Cal, 2007; 136-Northwestern, 2005; 109-Washington, 2007; 102-Rice, 2006).