Oct. 13, 2011
BYE WEEK -- UCLA (3-3, 2-1) will have a bye on Saturday, Oct. 15 and return to action the following Thursday night, Oct. 20, in Tucson, AZ against the University of Arizona (1-5, 0-4). The game will be nationally televised by ESPN beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific time. The Bruins will return to the Rose Bowl to host California on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the annual homecoming game (kickoff time will be announced on Monday, Oct. 17).
*UCLA is ranked 30th nationally in rushing offense (194.50); the Bruins have allowed 0.67 sacks per game this season to rank tied for 11th in the nation and tied for third in the conference.
*UCLA is ranked 11th in the nation in sacks allowed (0.67)
*Wide receiver Nelson Rosario, who was added to the Biletnikoff Watch List this week, has the team lead with 26 catches; he moved up on the all-time lists at UCLA in both receptions (t13th) and receiving yards (13th) after making three catches for 120 yards (third career 100-yard receiving game) against Washington State (see chart in bio for more details).
*The Bruins have had at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last 12 games.
*Linebacker Patrick Larimore (44) tops the team in tackles; ranking 8th in the Pac-12 (7.3)
*Running back Johnathan Franklin totaled 110 yards on 12 carries against Washington State, his ninth career 100-yard game; His rushing average yards per carry of 6.6 is a career-best mark and way above his career average of 5.3; Franklin has risen to 13th on the all-time school rushing list (2,092) and became the 15th Bruin to go over 2,000 yards rushing for a career in the contest at Stanford
*Sophomore linebacker Jordan Zumwalt tops Bruin defenders with 3.5 tackles for loss
*Senior Taylor Embree has 127 career catches which ranks 8th on UCLA's all-time school list. Embree is 14th on the receiving yards list at 1,669.
*Redshirt junior defensive tackle Donovan Carter made his first career start in the game at Washington State and leads the Bruin linemen with 18 tackles
*Tight end Joseph Fauria caught his third and fourth touchdown passes of the season at Stanford which is the most by a Bruin tight end since Marcedes Lewis had 10 scoring grabs in the 2005 season.
*The 272 yards rushing against San Jose marked the sixth time in the last two seasons the Bruins have gone over the 200-yard mark on the ground (2011- at Houston 232, San Jose State 272; last year v. Houston-266, at Texas-264, v. Wash. St.-437, v. Oregon State-210.
LAST WEEK -- Quarterback Kevin Prince helped lead the Bruins to a 28-25 win over Washington State. Prince entered the game in the second quarter after Richard Brehaut suffered a lower left leg fracture on a rushing attempt. Prince connected with Nelson Rosario on a 21-yard strike, which helped key a scoring drive on UCLA's initial possession of the second half, staking the Bruins to a 14-9 lead.
WSU answered with a six-play, 61-yard scoring drive to regain the lead, at 16-14, which held up entering the fourth quarter. The Cougars then went up 22-14 on a scoring pass with 12:17 to play. A 32-yard rush by Johnathan Franklin helped the Bruins regain some momentum. Prince went on to complete a nine-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith at the 10:46 mark. A two-point conversion pass attempt failed and left UCLA down 22-20. WSU extended its lead on a field goal with just under six minutes to play. Prince then hooked up once again with Rosario on a 58-yard aerial to put UCLA at the Cougar 10-yard line. On third down, Prince hit Shaq Evans on a seven-yard scoring play and the two-point conversion pass to Rosario gave the Bruins a 28-25 lead with 3:26 to go. Andrew Abbott intercepted a Cougar pass with 2:01 on the clock, and UCLA killed the remaining clock for the win. Rosario finished with 120 receiving yards on his three catches. Franklin had his ninth career 100-yard game with 110 yards on the ground.
TEAM/PLAYER NOTES -
*Joseph Fauria had six catches for 110 yards in the opener at Houston. It was the most receiving yards by a Bruin tight end since Marcedes Lewis in 2005. Lewis, now with the Jaguars, had three 100-yard receiving efforts that season, the last being a seven-catch, 108-yard game against Arizona State. The last Bruin receiver to have more than Fauria's four scoring receptions this season was Marcus Everett who had five in the 2006 campaign.
*Junior quarterback Richard Brehaut set new single game UCLA records for pass completions (33) and pass attempts (56) against Arizona State last season.
*The last time the Bruins had a ball carrier rush at least 30 times in a contest was Johnathan Franklin who carried 30 times vs. Washington State in 2010.
*UCLA's 437 net yards rushing in 2010 against Washington State was its highest total since it ran for 446 at Oregon in a 35-0 win on Nov. 17, 1979.
*UCLA rushed for at least 250 yards in three straight games in the 2010 season. The last time that happened was in 1993 against Stanford (259), San Diego State (269) and BYU (318). The last time UCLA rushed for at least 250 in four straight contests came in the 1978 season.
*UCLA's 565 yards of total offense versus Washington State in 2010 was its highest total since gaining 624 at Stanford in the 2007 season opener.