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BRUINS AT ASU
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/24/2008
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Nov. 24, 2008

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GAME 11 -- UCLA (4-6, 3-4 in Pac-10 play) will travel to play at Arizona State (4-6, 3-4) on Nov. 28. The Friday night kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m PST. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2 with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman calling the action and Rob Stone on the sidelines. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station, however, the ASU game will be carried on KTLK 1150 AM due to a conflict with the Lakers) 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 123).  In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.

 

SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE -- The Bruins and the Sun Devils will meet for the 25th time on Friday, November 28 in a series which dates back to 1976. The Bruins lead the series by a count of 15-8-1. The teams have split the last four contests in the series with each team going 1-1 on its home field. ASU won last year's meeting in the Rose Bowl by a score of 24-20. The Bruins earned a 24-12 win at Tempe in 2006.

In last year's contest (Nov. 10) in the Rose Bowl, the Bruins jumped out to a 10-0 lead over the then ninth-ranked Sun Devils on a Kai Forbath field goal and a two-yard scoring run by Craig Sheppard.  The Bruins took a 13-10 lead into the locker room at the half. A pair of third quarter touchdown runs put ASU back in fornt 24-13. Matthew Slater then returned a kickoff for a touchdown, his third of the season, to narrow the margin to 24-20 with 7:40 to play in third quarter.  Neither team scored in the fourth quarter. Osaar Rasshan started his first game at quarterback in the contest and threw for 181 yards and added 41 more yards on the ground. Dennis Keyes led the defense with 14 tackles.

In the 2006 battle (Nov. 18) played in Tempe, UCLA recorded its first road win of the season and became bowl-eligible with a 24-12 win. Two touchdown catches by Brandon Breazell and a defense which limited ASU to four field goals keyed the victory. Midway through the first quarter Patrick Cowan connected with Breazell on a 56-yard scoring pass and UCLA took the lead at 7-0. After ASU got on the board with a field goal late in the first quarter, Chane Moline extended the Bruins lead to 14-3 on a one-yard run.  ASU answered with a pair of field goals and the Bruins took a 14-9 lead into the halftime break. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter. In the final quarter, Cowan and Breazell hooked up on a 35-yard scoring play with 6:41 left to play, giving UCLA a 24-12 win.

Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 2-2 record against Arizona State, with all four games coming while he was the head coach at the University of Washington. Neuheisel grew up in Tempe, AZ and attended McClintock HS.

 

LINEUPS AND STARTS

* Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 39 career starts. Linebacker Reggie Carter (30), tight end Logan Paulsen (26), cornerback Alterraun Verner (22) and wide receiver Marcus Everett (21) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts. Linebacker John Hale is the next closest to 20 with 17 starts.

* Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 19 straight. Senior tight end Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped against BYU when he sat out the game due to a broken foot.  Senior center Micah Reed had a string of 10 straight snapped when he did not play versus Arizona (knee) and senior defensive end Tom Blake had a 10-game streak snapped when he did not play at Oregon (sports hernia). Sophomore defensive tackle Brian Price owns the next longest active streak (12).

 

FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS

* UCLA is 26-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (@Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007 and 3-0 (WSU, Stanford, Washington) in 2008.

* It is 13-32 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-6 (beat Tennessee, lost to @BYU, Arizona, Fresno State, @Oregon, @Cal and Oregon State) in 2008.

* Opponents have started 32 drives in UCLA territory this season (during regulation) and have totaled 110 points. Tennessee started one drive (U 26-yard line) in Bruin territory and it led to a UT punt. BYU began six drives (U 37, U 30, U 25, U 48, U 43, U 16-yard lines) in UCLA territory and came away with five touchdowns and a field goal for 38 points. Four of the BYU drives came after UCLA turnovers and a fifth came after a blocked field goal. The sixth came after UCLA turned the ball over on downs. Arizona started four drives (U48, U26, U42, U25) and scored two touchdowns for 14 points. Fresno State started one drive in UCLA territory and it resulted in a Bruin interception. Washington State started two drives in UCLA territory and neither resulted in points, one ending with a punt and one on downs. Oregon started three drives in Bruin territory and two resulted in 10 points (touchdown and field goal). Stanford started three drives in UCLA territory (U46, U29, U46) and they resulted in two touchdowns and one field goal. Cal started three drives in UCLA territory (U41, U40, U47) and scored one field goal. Oregon State started five drives in UCLA territory (U4, U21, U8, U35, U15) and scored three touchdowns. Washington started four drives in Bruin territory (U11, U44, U39, U40) and only scored one touchdown on an 11-yard drive.

 

TAKING THE FOURTH

* UCLA has trailed entering the fourth quarter in eight of the 10 games played to date (led against Washington State and Washington)

* In five of the 10 contests, the Bruins have trailed by just one score entering the final quarter ... Twice, against Tennessee (10-14) and Stanford (13-14), the  Bruins have rallied to win the game

* Scores entering the fourth quarter:Tennessee (10-14), BYU (0-59), Arizona (10-17), Fresno State (24-36), Washington State (21-3), Oregon (14-21), Stanford (13-14), California (13-17), Oregon State (6-17), Washington (17-7)

* UCLA has been outscored in the fourth quarter (overtime) in just three of the 10 games (Tennessee 17-10, BYU 0-0, Arizona 0-14, Fresno State 7-0, Washington State 7-0, Oregon 10-10, Stanford 10-6, Cal 7-24, Oregon State 0-17, Washington 10-0)

 

FRESHMEN       

*UCLA has played a total of 22 freshmen this season, 11 true freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen and 11 have started at least one game.  They have combined to make 48 starts (S Rahim Moore - 10; TE Cory Harkey - 6; WR Taylor Embree -7 ; OL Jeff Baca - 6; DL Datone Jones - 2; OL Mike Harris - 3; LB Steve Sloan - 8; LB Akeem Ayers - 3; OT/TE Nate Chandler - 2;
S Tony Dye - 1; TB Derrick Coleman - 1).
Eight started the Oregon State game and six started at Washington.

*UCLA has played a total of 11 true freshmen (seven offense, four defense) so far this season. The Bruins played seven freshmen in the 2008 season-opening game against Tennessee --- LB Sean Westgate; S Rahim Moore; TE Cory Harkey; WR Taylor Embree; S; Tony Dye; WR Antwan Moutra; WR Nelson Rosario. RB Aundre Dean made his debut versus BYU. TB Derrick Coleman, OT Jeff Baca and DE Datone Jones debuted versus Arizona.

*A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. Thirteen played in 1975, 12 played in 1978, 1980 and 2004 and 10 played in 1979. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006 and two in 2007).

 

FIRST ACTION

* A total of 29 players (17 offensive and 12 defensive) have seen their first action as a Bruin during the 2008 season (11 true freshmen - seven offensive and four defensive players (LB Sean Westgate, S Rahim Moore, TE Cory Harkey, WR Taylor Embree, S Tony Dye, WR Antwan Moutra, WR Nelson Rosario, RB Aundre Dean, RB Derrick Coleman, OL Jeff Baca, DL Datone Jones); 11 redshirt freshmen - five defensive and six offensive players (DB Courtney Viney, LB Steve Sloan, LB Akeem Ayers, DB Glenn Love, OL/TE Nate Chandler, RB Raymond Carter, DL Justin Edison, WR Ryal Jagd, QB Chris Forcier, TE Glenn Rauscher, OT Mike Harris), six redshirt sophomores - three offensive and three defensive players (OL Brandon Bennett, LB Mike Schmitt, DL Reginald Stokes, OL Sonny Tevaga, OL Jake Dean, DB Garrett Rubio), one redshirt junior (QB Kevin Craft).

* In addition to the seven true freshmen listed above, 10 other Bruins saw their first action in the 2008 season-opening win against Tennessee --- redshirt sophomore OL Brandon Bennett; redshirt sophomore LB Mike Schmitt; redshirt sophomore DL Reginald Stokes; redshirt sophomore OL Sonny Tevaga; redshirt freshman DB Courtney Viney; redshirt freshman LB Steve Sloan; redshirt freshman LB Akeem Ayers; redshirt freshman OL Nate Chandler; redshirt freshman RB Raymond Carter; redshirt freshman DB Glenn Love. At Brigham Young, true freshman RB Aundre Dean, redshirt sophomore C Jake Dean, redshirt freshman DL Justin Edison and redshirt sophomore S Garrett Rubio made their Bruin debuts. Against Arizona, true freshman TB Derrick Coleman, true freshman OT Jeff Baca and true freshman DE Datone Jones played for the first time. Redshirt freshman WR Ryal Jagd played on special teams versus Fresno State. Against Washington State, redshirt freshman QB Chris Forcier and redshirt freshman TE Glenn Rauscher made their debuts on offense. Redshirt sophomore FB Tobi Umodu (he played on special teams last season) and redshirt junior OG Jess Ward (he played DT last year) made their offensive debuts versus the Cougars. Redshirt freshman OT Mike Harris made his debut at California.

 

FIRST STARTS

* Twenty players (13 on offense and seven 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. OT Mike Harris and DE Datone Jones made their first starts at California. S Tony Dye made his first start versus Oregon State in the nickel package. TB Derrick Coleman made his starting debut at Washington.

 

TEAM NOTES --

* UCLA's defense has allowed opponent offenses to convert just 22 of the last 77 (28.6%) third down conversion attempts in the last six games.

* Washington's 39 yards passing are the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air.

* In a three-game span (Oregon, Stanford, California) UCLA allowed just 246 passing yards (21 completions in 54 attempts), including two games under 100 yards.

* UCLA has held three opponents (Oregon 42, Stanford 51, Washington 39) under 100 yards passing in 2008.

* Washington's 135 yards total offense was UCLA's best defensive effort 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).

* Over the last six 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 six seasons, the Bruins are 22-3 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.

* Has held 15 opponents over the last three 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.

 

ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE

* The Bruins have captured wins in 19 of the last 25 games (.760) played at home in the Rose Bowl.

* Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 27-10 (.730).

* 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.

 

 

OVERTIME SUCCESS

* UCLA is 7-1 all-time in overtime, including a 27-24 win over Tennessee in the 2008 season opener.

 

ROSE BOWL CROWDS

*In 2007, the Bruins drew at least 70,000 for each game of its home schedule, the first time since UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl. The average of 76, 378 was a new record, breaking the old mark of 73,709, set in 1998. That average is also the sixth-highest in Pac-10 history.

* UCLA has drawn at least 70,000 fans in nine of its last 13 games and has drawn at least 60,000 fans in 14 consecutive home contests.

* The crowd of 83,484 for the 2007 California game was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.

 

 

LAST GAME

* Nov. 15 - UCLA 27, Washington 7

UCLA scored on its opening drive for the first time all season and won its first road game in over a year, defeating the Washington Huskies, 27-7, in Seattle.

UCLA took a 7-0 lead on its opening possesion when Derrick Coleman culminated an 80-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.  With less than one minute remaining in the first quarter, Washington tied the game, driving 11 yards on two plays following an interception return.

UCLA regained the lead for good early in the second quarter. Following a fumble recovery by Korey Bosworth, UCLA drove 31 yards on four runs by Kahlil Bell, the last a one-yard touchdown. Kai Forbath's 49-yard field goal, his longest of the year, made the score 17-7 at halftime.

Bell scored his second one-yard touchdown of the night on the first play of the fourth quarter, capping a 92-yard, 15-play drive that took 8:12 off the clock. Just over five minutes later, Forbath kicked an 18-yard field goal to finish the scoring for the night.

Defensively, UCLA dominated Washington. The Huskies' 135 yards of total offense were the fewest by a Bruin opponent since the 1989 Cotton Bowl, when the Bruins held Arkansas to 42 net yards. Washington's only touchdown came after taking over on the Bruin 11-yard line following a turnover. The Bruin defense forced five turnovers, recorded three sacks and held Washington to 96 yards on the ground and 39 in the air.

Rahim Moore led the Bruins with six tackles and made his third interception of the year.  Michael Norris (one interception), Reggie Carter (one forced fumble) and Alterraun Verner each made five tackles. Akeem Ayers recorded two sacks, one which created a fumble, and a third for loss while Brian Price recorded one sack and a second tackle for loss.

Offensively, UCLA ran for 157 yards, its second-highest total of the year. Bell ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and Coleman added 42 yards and one touchdown on 10 attempts. Kevin Craft completed 13 of 22 passes for 135 yards and three interceptions. Dominique Johnson led the receivers with four catches for 33 yards and Ryan Moya added three receptions for 38 yards.

 

ALL-AMERICAN PRODUCTION       

* In the last eight seasons (2000-2007), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans

                     2000 WR Freddie Mitchell

                     2001 LB Robert Thomas

                     2003 DE Dave Ball

                     2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew

                     2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock.

* Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California.

* UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 16 years (1992-2007), just three fewer than USC and seven more than No. 3 Arizona.    

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

* Chris Joseph (2004-07), a four-year letterman and three-year starter on the offensive line, earned a Rhodes Scholarship on Nov. 22, 2008. He is one of just 32 recipients in the United States.

* Alterraun Verner AND Chris Joseph were chosen to the first-team 2007 All-Academic District VIII team. It was the third straight season in which Joseph was named to the District team.

* TE Logan Paulsen was a 2008 semifinalist for the Draddy Award, presented by the National Football Foundation for all-around excellence and academic achievement.  

* Nine Bruins were selected to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic team.

                     Chris Joseph (first-team)

                     Alterraun Verner (first-team)

                     Aleksey Lanis (second-team)

                     Aaron Perez (second-team)

                     Jimmy Rotstein (second-team)

                     Trevor Theriot (second-team)

                     Kai Forbath (honorable mention)

                     Logan Paulsen (honorable mention)

                     Noah Sutherland (honorable mention)

  

* The UCLA football program has produced 17 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 16 first-team Academic All-Americans (27 overall), eight National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

 

 


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