Oct. 13, 2008
GAME 7 -- UCLA (2-4, 1-2 in Pac-10 play) welcomes Stanford (4-3, 3-1) to the Rose Bowl for its annual homecoming game on Sat., Oct. 18 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised locally by FSN West with Bill Macdonald and James Washington in the booth and Patrick O'Neal on the sidelines. 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 127). 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 STANFORD -- The Bruins and Cardinal will meet for the 79th time on Saturday in a series which dates back to 1925. The Bruins lead the series by a count of 44-31-3 and have met consecutively in each season, beginning with the 1946 contest. UCLA has captured wins in the last four meetings overall (45-17 at Stanford last season) and the last five straight played in the Rose Bowl (31-0 in last game played at Rose Bowl in 2006). The Cardinal last defeated the Bruins at the Rose Bowl in the 1996 season, winning by a score of 21-20. Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 3-0 record versus Stanford, with each meeting coming while he was head coach at Washington.
Last season, the Bruins opened the season at Stanford and came away with a 45-17 win. The Bruins tallied 624 yards in total offense (338 rush, 286 pass) during the contest. Running back Kahlil Bell notched a career-best 195 yards rushing, the best season-opening total ever by a Bruin back. Quarterback Ben Olson threw for five touchdowns on the day, one shy of the school record. The Bruins defense recorded four sacks and allowed just 52 yards on the ground. In the 2006 game played in the Rose Bowl, the UCLA defense posted a 31-0 shutout, limiting the Cardinal to 49 yards on the ground and 117 in the air. The defense forced two fumbles and intercepted the ball three times. Special teams also played a large role in the Bruin win, blocking a punt for the lone score in the first half. Quarterback Ben Olson threw for 219 yards in the contest. Running back Chris Markey ran for 88 yards on 18 carries. Chane Moline scored the first touchdowns of his career on one and two-yard runs.
This week's honorary captain is Sam Boghosian, an offensive and defensive lineman for the Bruins from 1952-54. Boghosian played on teams that were 25-3 during his three years, winning two Pacific Coast Conference championships, one national championship in 1954 and making one Rose Bowl appearance. As a senior, Sam was named a First-Team Academic All-American before obtaining his degree in education. He became the Bruins' freshman coach in 1955, and was later promoted to varsity line coach by Red Sanders. After serving at UCLA for 10 years, he landed a similar position in the NFL, first coaching line for the Houston Oilers. He later worked for the Seattle Seahawks and finally the Oakland Raiders. With the Raiders, he served on two staffs that won Super Bowl championships.
LINEUPS AND STARTS
* Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 35 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (26), linebacker Reggie Carter (26), wide receiver Marcus Everett (20) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts. Junior defensive back Alterraun Verner is the next closest with 18 career starts.
* Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 15 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. Sophomore defensive tackle Brian Price owns the next longest active streak (eight).
FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS
* Opponents have started 17 drives in UCLA territory this season (during regulation) and have totaled 62 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).
* UCLA is 24-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007 and 1-0 (WSU) in 2008.
* It is 13-30 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-4 (beat Tennessee, lost to BYU, Arizona, Fresno State and Oregon) in 2008.
*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 12 freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2004 season. (2007-2; 2006-8; 2005-9)
* A total of 28 players (16 offensive and 12 defensive) saw their first action as a Bruin during the first five games of 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); 10 redshirt freshmen - five defensive and five 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), 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.
* Fifteen players (10 on offense and four 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.
TEAM NOTES --
* 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.
* 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 18 of the last 23 games (.783) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
* Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 26-9 (.743).
* 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).
PLAYER/COACH NOTES --
#1 Alterraun Verner - JUNIOR DEFENSIVE BACK
* Picked off eighth career pass against WSU.
* Made career-high 13 tackles at BYU.
* Ranks 3rd in Pac-10 and T-12th in NCAA with 1.50 passes defensed per game 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 in Pac-10 with 7.67 tackles per game
#92 Brian Price - SOPH. DEFENSIVE TACKLE
* Has 6.0 tackles for loss this season and 13 TFL in the last 10 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.
#4 Terrence Austin - JUNIOR KICK RETURNER
* Currently 12th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (164.00).
* Ranks fifth (tied) on the all-time UCLA Punt Returns list
* Set a UCLA game record with 208 kickoff return yards versus Fresno State
#25 Bret Lockett - SENIOR SAFETY
* Ranks first (tied) in Pac-10 with 8.40 tackles per game
* 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
* His 19 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 three 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).