UCLA (7-2, 4-2), ranked 17th in this week's Associated Press poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, plays its final road game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. against Washington State (2-7, 0-6). The contest will be televised by ESPN2 with Adam Amin and Tom Luginbill in the booth and Shelley Smith on the sidelines. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 570am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be radio broadcast nationally on SIRIUS (Ch. 92)/ XM (Ch. 196).
VS. WASHINGTON STATE
UCLA owns a 10-8-1 record in games played in Pullman (road games have also been played in Spokane,WA and Portland, OR during the series).
A year ago in the Rose Bowl, UCLA pulled out a 28-25 decision over the Cougars. The Bruins trailed for much of the first three quarters of the contest, and were still down, 22-14, early in the fourth quarter when a 32-yard rush by Johnathan Franklin helped to spark the team. Kevin Prince, who had entered the game in the second quarter due to an injury to Richard Brehaut, passed nine-yards to Josh Smith for a touchdown to make it 22-20 with 10:52 to play. The two-point conversion attempt failed. A WSU field goal made it 25-20 with 5:49 remaining. The Bruins answered with Prince connecting on a 58-yard pass play with Nelson Rosario which put the Bruins at the Cougar 10-yard line. On third down, Evans grabbed a seven-yard scoring toss from Prince with 3:26 on the clock. The two-point conversion pass to Rosario made it 28-25. Andrew Abbott's interception stopped WSU's comeback chances. Franklin finished with 110 yards rushing.
In UCLA's last trip to Pullman (2009), the Bruins forced turnovers on WSU's first three series (interceptions by Akeem Ayers-2, now with the Titans, and Rahim Moore, now with the Broncos) en route to a 43-7 victory. Quarterback Kevin Prince accounted for 390 yards in total offense, 314 passing and 76 rushing, including a 68-yard scoring jaunt.
**UCLA is listed in the BCS rankings (No. 18) for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006, when it checked in at No. 25
**Senior RB Johnathan Franklin became UCLA's all-time leading rusher (3,873) on his third carry of the Arizona game, a 37-yard trip to the end zone...He moved past the total of 3,711 yards by Gaston Green (1984-87)
**Datone Jones and Cassius Marsh have been named to the Hendricks Award Mid-Season Watch List
**QB Brett Hundley's 21 touchdown passes rank him tied for 5th on the school season list with Tom Ramsey, 1982; Drew Olson holds the overall season mark, 34 in 2005;-- Hundley also has 209 completions, a total which is tied for fourth on the school list with Ramsey, 1982 and Tommy Maddox, 1991
**LB Eric Kendricks leads the Pac-12 in tackles (9.7); in his last four games, he has recorded 51 tackles (12.8)
** Y receiver Joseph Fauria, who was named to the Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, has caught a pass in 17 straight games; he moved into 7th on the all-time UCLA touchdown receptions list (16) with his pair of scoring grabs versus Arizona (J.J. Stokes, 1991-94, is No. 1 at 28; Marcedes Lewis, 2002-05, is second on that list, with 21, and first among Bruin tight ends)
**LB Anthony Barr, playing his first season on defense, is ranked T11th in the nation in sacks (8.5 sacks-0.94/g)
**Hundley (2,478 passing yds) has become the third Bruin freshman quarterback to record at least 2,000 yards passing yards for a season at ASU - Tommy Maddox 2,682 in 1990 and Kevin Prince 2,050 in 2009
**Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, leads the Pac-12 with 24 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line (17, at or inside the 10-yard line) and 52 touchbacks on 62 kickoffs this season
**DL Cassius Marsh has totaled 23 stops in the last four games (5.5 for loss)
**UCLA has played 25 freshmen so far this season -- 12 true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen. UCLA started seven freshmen on offense in the game against Utah and six at ASU and versus U of A.
**RB Johnathan Franklin ranks 4th in the nation in rushing (133.78/g, second among BCS conf. rushers) ... He put together two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...He ranks T12th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (160.00) and has caught a career-best 20 passes this season
**UCLA is ranked 6th in the nation in sacks (3.44/g) after being ranked T-112th last season (1.00)
**Johnathan Franklin (1,204 yards rushing to date this season; 1,127 in 2010) became the eighth joined Bruin back to have had multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons --- DeShaun Foster - 2001: 1,109 / 2000: 1,037 -- Skip Hicks - 1997: 1,282 / 1996: 1,034 -- Karim Abdul-Jabbar - 1995: 1,571 / 1994: 1,227-- Gaston Green - 1987: 1,098 / 1986: 1,405--Freeman McNeil - 1980: 1,105 / 1979: 1,396--Theotis Brown - 1978: 1,283 / 1976: 1,092--Wendell Tyler - 1975:1,388 / 1976: 1,003
**UCLA has won 15 of its last 19 games when winning the turnover battle (.789) and dropped 28 of its last 41 games (.317) when losing or tying the turnover ratio ** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price ranks T7th in the nation in interceptions (0.50 per game)
**Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to ever throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games (305 Nebraska/320 Houston/372 Oregon St.). He is the eighth to total at least three, 300-yard games in a season.
Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 -1998, Tom Ramsey 4 -1982, Troy Aikman 3 - 1988, Tommy Maddox 3 - 1990, Cory Paus 3 - 2000, Kevin Prince 3 - 2009, Drew Olson 3 - 2005, Hundley 3 - 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Paus 7, D.Olson 4, Maddox 4, Aikman 4, Ramsey 4, Hundley 3 and others
**UCLA has won 11 of its last 12 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards
**UCLA had not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any previous three-game stretch, prior to his season (complete records date back to 1958 season) ...Years in which UCLA has had at least three games, with at least 500-yards of total offense -- 2005 (3); 1998 (5); 1996 (3); 1991 (4); 1987 (3); 1986 (4); 1976 (5); 1973 (5) (dating back to 1965)
**Franklin ranks 3rd on UCLA's career all-purpose yd. list at 4,303 yds,1st is Maurice Jones-Drew,`03-05 with 4,688
**Franklin's 3,873 career rushing yards rank 4th among active FBS players (1-Montee Ball, Wisc.-4,338)
**Arizona was the 18th straight game UCLA has won when holding the opponent to less than 20 points
**Arizona was Franklin's 17th career 100-yard rushing game, moving him into tie for second on school list
**UCLA won its first two road games of a season for the first time since 2005 when it captured wins in its initial three road games on the way to a 10-2 record for the year
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State rank fifth all-time at UCLA. It was the sixth 400-yard game in school history.
**Arizona (308 yds) was the sixth 200-yard rushing game of the season for UCLA... The Bruins had six such games last year...UCLA opened 2012 with a 247-yard total vs. Houston, a 344-yard total vs. Nebraska and a 343-yard sum at Rice ... The Bruins have won 24 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (81-3-1 all-time).
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
*UCLA has won 10 of its last 17 home games played vs. AP-ranked opponents: Wins over Arizona (2012-24th)Nebraska (2012-17th), Arizona State (2011-20th), Houston (2010-23rd), Tennessee(2008-18th), Oregon(2007-9th), Cal(twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th),USC(2006-2nd) and Oklahoma(2005-21st); Losses to Texas (2011-24th),Arizona (2010-15th),Stanford (2010-25th),Oregon(2009-13th),USC(2008-5th),Fresno State (2008-25th),ASU(2007-9th).
UCLA is bowl eligible in 2012. It has played in bowl games in eight of the last 10 seasons (not 2010, 2008). It is the first time the Bruins have been eligible before the month of November since 2005.
THIS AND THAT ABOUT THE BRUINS
Linebacker Eric Kendricks(#6) is the son of former Bruin, Marv Kendricks, who led UCLA in rushing in 1970 and 1971; Eric's brother, Mychal, is a former linebacker at Cal who is now in the NFL ... Defensive back Tevin McDonald's(#7) brother, Tim Jr., plays at USC and his dad, Tim, played in the NFL from 1987-99 with the Cardinals and 49ers ... Defensive back Sheldon Price's(#22) dad, Dennis, played at UCLA from 1984-87 and then in the NFL with the Raiders ... Punter Jeff Locke(#18) has been named to the All-Conference academic team the past three seasons; he has finished 12th (2011), fourth (2010) and 16th (2009) in the nation in punting average ... OL Xavier Su'a-Filo (#56) spent the last two years on an LDS mission in Alabama and Florida during which time he learned the Spanish language ... LB Anthony Barr's(#11) dad, Tony Brooks, was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in the 1992 draft, after playing at Notre Dame ... Reserve fullback Luke Gane(#49) underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in high school to help overcome a rare blood disorder (aplastic anemia) ... Offensive guard Alexandru Ceachir (#76) came to this country two years ago from Moldova (located between Romania and Ukraine) and can speak four languages - Russian, English, Romanian, Ukranian ... Freshman linebacker Aaron Porter's (#30) mom, Sandy, played in the Softball World Series for Long Beach State and is in the school's Hall of Fame ... Running back Jordon James (#6) has a black belt in Taekwondo ... Defensive back Brandon Sermons'(#2) brother, Rodney, also played for USC ... Brett Hundley's(#17) dad, Brett, Sr., lettered at running back for the University of Arizona ... Most of the Bruin coaching staff has a tie to the NFL - head coach Jim Mora - 25 seasons with San Diego 1985-91, New Orleans 1992-96, San Francisco 1997-2003, Atlanta 2004-06, Seattle 2007-09; receivers coach Eric Yarber - 5 seasons with Tampa Bay 2010-11, San Francisco 2003-04, Seattle 1998; Defensive Coord. Lou Spanos - 17 seasons with Washington 2010-11 and Pittsburgh 1995-2009; Special teamsCoord./ Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich - 2 seasons with Seattle 2010-11; Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone - 3 seasons with NY Jets 2006-08 ... Coaches who played in the NFL include Yarber, Ulbrich (who was on 49ers' defense coached by Jim Mora), Y receivers coach Marques Tuiasosopo, running backs coach Steve Broussard, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm ... Other players with NFL ties include freshmen Ishmael Adams (#24) (dad, Stefon, was selected in third rd. of 1985 draft); Paul Perkins' (#24) dad played football at Arizona State and with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis and his uncle, Don Perkins played with the Dallas Cowboys; redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Wallace's (#12) dad played at Texas A&M and for eight seasons with the Raiders; freshman quarterback Jerry Neuheisel's (#11) dad played with Tampa Bay and San Diego and was the head coach at UCLA (2008-11) ... In addition, Jerry Rice, Jr.'s (#88) dad was a 13-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and Oakland ... Y receiver Joseph Fauria's (#8) uncle, Christian, played at Colorado and for 13 seasons in the NFL with Seattle, New England, Washington, Carolina ... P Jeff Locke was named UCLA's male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2011-12.