Oct. 12, 2009
GAME 6 -- UCLA (3-2, 0-2) will play host to California (3-2, 0-2) in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. on ABC with Terry Gannon and David Norrie calling the action. The UCLA /ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook mikeside. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 129 on Sirius, 103 on XM). In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruins website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
SERIES WITH CALIFORNIA -- UCLA owns a 49-29-1 advatage in the series with Cal, which dates back to 1933. The Bruins lead 27-11-1 in games played in Los Angeles and own a 10-3 edge in the contests held in the Rose Bowl. The teams have also split the last eight meetings, with each winning on its home field. Cal captured last season's battle in Berkeley by a score of 41-20. In 2007, UCLA registered a 30-21 win in Pasadena. Coach Neuheisel is 3-2 overall, 0-1 while head coach at UCLA, versus the Golden Bears.
A year ago, the Golden Bears handed the Bruins a 41-20 setback in game eight of the 2008 season. Twenty-four Cal fourth-quarter points broke open a close game. After Cal took an early 3-0 lead, UCLA's Glenn Love recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a Bruin touchdown to start the second quarter. Cal then added the next 14 points on a 34-yard Jahvid Best run and an interception return. A Kai Forbath field goal just before the end of the half sent the teams to the dressing rooms with Cal in charge by 17-10. Another Forbath field goal late in the third quarter narrowed the margin to 17-13 entering the final fifteen minutes of action. Cal used a field goal, two touchdown passes and an interception return for a score to build up a 41-13 cushion with just under two minutes to play. A late Bruin scoring pass made the final score 41-20. Terrence Austin tallied 203 yards on a school record-tying seven kickoff returns in the contest and accounted for 249 all-purpose yards.
In the last meeting played in the Rose Bowl (Oct. 20, 2007), UCLA outscored the Golden Bears 30-21. A late first half touchdown gave Cal a 14-13 edge at the break. UCLA used a trick play with receiver Brandon Breazell throwing a scoring pass to put the Bruins up 20-14. Cal answered back with a touchdown late in the quarter to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. A field goal with 3:08 remaining on the clock put UCLA up 23-21. After Cal had driven to the Bruin 30-yard line, UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner jumped in front of a waiting receiver and returned the interception 76 yards for a touchdown with just over 1:30 to play to put the game out of reach.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Charles Arbuckle played tight end under coach Terry Donahue in the 1986-89 seasons. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 1988 and was a second-team selection in 1989. In 1989, he led the team in receiving with 33 catches. Arbuckle totaled 73 career receptions to rank third on the all-time school tight end list.
He played on Bruin teams which finished first in the Pac-10 (tied) in 1987 and second in the conference in both 1986 (tied) and 1988. The 1988 team enjoyed the top ranking in the nation for a two-week period. Arbuckle was selected in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was also a member of the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts. He currently works as a college football analyst for ESPNU and for Publicis Selling Solutions, a pharmaceutical contract company.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins are on the list of players "To Watch" for the major post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player), Ronnie Lott Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back); senior LB Reggie Carter--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi; senior DE Korey Bosworth-- Rotary Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end); senior LB Kyle Bosworth--Rotary Lombardi; senior TE Ryan Moya--John Mackey Award (nation's top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (nation's top place kicker).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks fourth in kickoff returns (58), third in punt returns (75), 15th in all-purpose yards (3,158) and 20th in receptions (88).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on his last 23 field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in over the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been a perfect 23-23 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 11 kicks of this season (miss from 51) through the uprights.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off five passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee) in the first five games of the season. The last Bruin to make more interceptions in a season is Larry Atkins, who had six in 1997. Moore now has eight in 17 career games. He leads the nation with his five interceptions and 1.00 average and is third (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.80).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior tight end Ryan Moya has 69 career catches which rank as the fifth-most ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 21 tackles for loss in his last 14 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford and versus Oregon. He has 9.0 in five games in 2009 to rank second in the Pac-10 and 11th in the NCAA.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE -- Opponents have totaled 33 second-half drives in the first five games of the season and have come away with just six scores (Tennessee-FG, K-State-TD, Stanford-TD, FG, Oregon - TD,FG) for a total of 29 points. Thirteen of the 33 drives have resulted in a three-and-out for the opponent offense. Five other drives have been terminated by a Bruin interception. Twenty-one of the 33 drives have taken 2:08 or less off the clock. Nineteen of the 33 drives have been for less than 10 yards.
IN THE SECOND PLACE -- The Bruin opponents have totaled 620 yards of offense in 169 second-half plays through the first five games (3.67/play avg.). In the first half of action, the Bruin opponents have averaged 5.18/play on 828 yards in 160 plays.
FIRST AND POINTS -- In four of the five games this season, the Bruins have scored on their initial offensive drive of the contest (SDSU - 9 pl, 49 yd, 4:45 - FG; TENN - 10 pl 51 yd, 4:16 - FG; K ST - 11 pl, 64 yd, 5:08 - TD; STAN - 9 pl, 45 yd, 2:59 - FG). San Diego State (TD) and Tennessee (FG) each scored against the Bruins on their first offensive possessions. Kansas State commited a turnover (interception) as did Stanford (fumble) and Oregon punted.
* With the win at Tennessee, the Bruin non-conference road record in the decade of the 2000's is now 7-5 --- 2000 -none; 2001-W Alabama, W Kansas; 2002-W Oklahoma State, W San Diego State; 2003-L Colorado, L Oklahoma; 2004-W Illinois; 2005-W San Diego State; 2006-L Notre Dame; 2007-L Utah; 2008 L BYU; 2009- W Tennessee.
* The win at Tennessee on Sept. 12 improved UCLA's record in the decade of the 2000's to 4-0 versus teams from the SEC. The Bruins swept a series with Alabama, winning at home in 2000 and in Tuscaloosa, AL in 2001. The win in Knoxville completed a sweep of the Vols.
*UCLA is 27-4 (9-2 in last 11 games) when it wins the turnover battle over the past six-plus seasons. It is 1-1 (W at Tenn., L at Stanford) in 2009. Last season it was 3-1 (won vs. WSU, Stanford, Washington, lost vs. USC).
*It is 15-34 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last six-plus seasons, including (2-1) in 2009.
*The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in 10 of the last 12 seasons (not in 1999, 2008).
*The UCLA defense has held three of its five opponents to fewer than 300 yards total offense (SDSU - 277, Tennessee - 208 and Kansas State - 268) and a fourth (Oregon) to 303. It has allowed just eight touchdowns in five games.
*The Bruin defense has held 18 opponents (13-5 record) over the last three-plus seasons to less than 100 yards of rushing offense. In 2009, it has held SDSU to 39 net rushing yards, Tennessee to 115 and Kansas State to 69. In 2008, it limited three opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground (26-Wash. St., 96-Washington, 21-Ariz. St.). It held six opponents to under the century mark in 2007 (52-Stanford, 44-BYU, 46-Notre Dame, 67-Cal, 43-Oregon, 34-BYU/bowl). In 2006, the Bruin defense limited seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (Rice-53, Washington-49, Stanford-49, Arizona-minus 13, Notre Dame-51, Oregon St.-85, USC-55).
*The Bruin defense has limited opponents to less than 300 yards of offense in 18 contests (14-4 record) over the last three-plus seasons. In 2009, it has held SDSU to 277 total yards, Tennessee to 208 and Kansas State to 268. In addition, Oregon had just 303 yards. In 2008, it kept three teams to under 300 yards of offense (Wash. St.-177, Washington-133, Ariz. St.-122). It held five opponents short of 300 in 2007 (Oregon St.-248, Notre Dame-140, Cal-299, Oregon-148, BYU bowl-265). In 2006, the Bruins held seven opponents under 300 (Utah-287, Rice-184, Washington-249, Stanford-166, Arizona-222, Oregon St.-260, Ariz. St. -264).
*In the last nine seasons (2000-2008), 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 17 years (1992-2008), just five fewer than USC and seven more than No. 3 Arizona.
*UCLA has produced a total of 37 consensus All-America selections (33 players) in school history. That total ranks 15th among all Football Bowl Subdivision schools and second in the Pac-10.
* UCLA's defense allowed opponent offenses to convert just 33 of 108 (30.6%) third down conversion attempts in the final eight games of 2008. In five games this season, it has allowed opponents to convert just 31.9% (23 of 72) - T-21st in NCAA and third in the Pac-10. In the last 13 contests, that adds up to a total of 56-180 (31.1%).
* UCLA has held Tennessee to 93 yards passing and Oregon to 82 yards passing. Washington's 39 yards passing in 2008 were the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air. UCLA held three opponents (Oregon 42, Stanford 51, Washington 39) under 100 yards passing in 2008.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES
*Senior defensive back Alterraun Verner (#1) has scored four touchdowns in his career, including a 70-yard score with a blocked field goal in the 2009 opener versus San Diego State. He has three interception returns for touchdown in his career (34 yards-Utah, 2006; 89-Arizona, 2006; 76-California, 2007).That total ties the UCLA record held by Jerry Robinson (1975-78), Marcus Turner (1985-88) and Spencer Havner (2002-05). He also has 11 career interceptions.
*Redshirt senior linebacker Reggie Carter's (#51) leads (tied) the Bruins with 37 tackles, including 14 at Tennessee, and ranks seventh (tied) in the Pac-10. His total of 83 tackles led the the team in 2008 and placed 10th in the Pac-10 conference (6.9/g). He recorded a career-best 20 tackles in the 2008 game at BYU. It was the most tackles by a Bruin player since Eric Turner totaled 21 in a 1989 contest versus Oregon.
*In the opener versus San Diego State, true sophomore safety Rahim Moore (#3) made three interceptions to tie the UCLA single-game record held by Ron Carver (Texas 1971), Craig Rutledge (Oregon State 1986) and Darryl Henley (Oregon State 1986). Moore was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and was nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award. Moore made two more interceptions at Tennessee.The last Bruin to make six interceptions -- in a full season -- was Larry Atkins in 1997. Moore is first in the NCAA with five interceptions (1.00 per game) and third (tied) with 1.80 passes defensed per game.
*Junior defensive tackle Brian Price (#92) made 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss at Tennessee. He leads the Bruins with 9.0 TFL in four games and is second in the Pac-10 and 11th in the NCAA with 1.80 TFL per game. In 2008, he led the team with 14.0 tackles for loss and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with 1.17/g. All told, he has totaled 30 tackles for loss in his last 21 games (1.43/g) dating back to the 2007 season.
*Coach Rick Neuheisel began the 2009 season with a head coaching record of 32-15 against the opponents on this year's UCLA schedule. He is currently 29-14 as a head coach against Pac-10 teams, other than UCLA. (Arizona 4-1, ASU 2-3, Cal 3-2, Kansas St. 2-3, Oregon 4-3, Oregon St. 3-2, Stanford 4-1, San Diego St. 0-0, SC 1-2, Tennessee 1-0, Washington 2-0, WSU 6-0).
*Redshirt junior Kai Forbath (#25) has now converted 26 of his last 27 attempts (23 straight fgs from 50 yards and in) dating back to last season. He is second in the nation with 2.60 field goals per game. He has kicked 57 field goals (T-No. 3 in school history) in 30 career games. He booted his eighth career field of 50 yards or more with a 52-yarder against Oregon to extend his own UCLA career record. Forbath is the first Bruin to record five kicks of 50 or more yards in the same season (2007) and the second to kick two in the same game (Justin Medlock did it in 2004 at Oregon). His 54-yard field goal versus Oregon in 2007 was the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and third longest in UCLA history. At Tennessee, he kicked a career-best four field goals and was three for three versus Kansas State and Stanford.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose:9th Pac-10(110.20); receptions/g: T-16th Pac-10(3.20); ko ret.: 47th NCAA,4th Pac-10(24.80); punt ret.:28th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10(10.54)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: T-16th Pac-10 (3.20); receiv. yds:T-16th Pac-10 (39.40)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.60); scoring: T-21st in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (9.40); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (9.40)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 74th NCAA, 9th Pac-10 (66.40); total offense: 18th Pac-10 (66.40)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 21st in Pac-10 (24.00)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (46.35)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles: T-7th Pac-10 (7.40); TFL: T-8th in Pac-10 (1.10)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-11th in NCAA, 2nd Pac-10 (1.80); sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.60)
* Rahim Moore -- intercepts.: 1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.00);passes def.:T-3rd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.80)
* Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-10th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.60)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: T-7th in Pac-10 (7.40)
* Akeem Ayers -- sacks: T-14th in Pac-10 (0.40)
* David Carter -- sacks: T-14th in Pac-10 (0.40)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-15th Pac-10 (0.90); sacks: T-14th in Pac-10 (0.40)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: 14th Pac-10 (6.80)
Rushing Offense: 101st in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (112.60)
Passing Offense: 104th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (170.20)
Total Offense: 114th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (282.80)
Scoring Offense: 104th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (20.20)
Rushing Defense: 47th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (123.60)
Pass Effiency Defense: 12th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (94.36)
Total Defense: 21st in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (285.60)
Scoring Defense: 25th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (17.20)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 6th in Pac-10 (31.82%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: T-21st in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (31.9%)
Red Zone Offense: T-7th in Pac-10 (80.00%)
Red Zone Defense: T-50th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (80.00%)
Turnover Margin: 47th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (+0.40)
Kickoff Returns: 38th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (23.86)
Punt Returns: 4th in Pac-10 (10.54)
Net Punting: 6th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (41.26)
Passes Intercepted: T-8th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (9)
Sacks Allowed: 7th in Pac-10 (2.20)
Sacks: 34th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (2.40)
Tackles For Loss: 19th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (7.40)
UCLA FAN ZONE ENTERTAINMENT
The centerpiece of the fan zone area is the live broadcast of the "Bruin Game Day" pre-game show hosted by former UCLA quarterbacks Wayne Cook and Matt Stevens. Contests and giveaways will be conducted during commercial breaks for the fans in attendance.
KLAC (570 AM) is the flagship station on the UCLA ISP Sports Network. Network affiliates include: Network affiliates include KXEX 1550 AM & KSLK 96.1 FM - Fresno, KWDJ 1360 AM - Ridgecrest, KCTC 1320 AM in Sacramento, KHTY 970 AM in Bakersfield (football only), KAVL 610 AM in Lancaster (football only) and XSPN 800 AM in San Diego (basketball only). UCLA ISP Sports Network games can also be heard nationwide via Sirius XM Satellite Radio and are streamed at www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA FAN ZONE REFRESHMENTS
Bruin fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is sponsoring the Fan Zone in Area H. The Fan Zone opens four hours prior to the game (8:30 am) and includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants: American Pretzel, Baja Grill, Carl's Jr., Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Pizza Square and Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill. The Alumni Band will also be performing in the Fan Zone.
Other highlights of the UCLA Fan Zone for October 17, 2009 include: The game presenting sponsor, Bank of the West will be on hand with an interactive display in the Fan Zone. Bank of the West will sponsor a photo booth with a UCLA logo frame and be giving away stuffed bears while supplies last.
Sports Illustrated and Nissan will return for another year in the Fan Zone. Signing autographs and taking photos at the 60' x 90' domed site will be former UCLA great and UCLA Hall of Fame member Cade McNown who will appear from 10:00 to 11:30, doing a Question and answer session with fans from 10:00-10:30. Fans also take pictures with the Heisman Trophy, win prizes and watch games on huge plasma TVs and get a look at the new Nissan Maxima! Fans can also pick up a complimentary collector's edition of Sports Illustrated.
Fans will be able to sample Muscle Milk, the same performance protein product used by UCLA student-athletes.
Chili's will hold a sweepstakes drawing in the Fan Zone along with providing Bruin fans with Chili's coupons and gift cards.
Axe will be on the concourse providing samples of Axe Body Spray. Axe will also provide interested fans with a sample as they exit the Rose Bowl.
Red Bull will provide fans with samples of their product in the UCLA Fan Zone.
Time Warner Cable will be in the Fan Zone distributing information and meeting with fans.
The Parking Spot will have their UCLA-themed shuttle parked behind the UCLA team bus on Arroyo Blvd.
The UCLA Spirit Squad will be taking photos with fans in the area just left of the UCLA ISP Sports Network stage. Photos are available for purchase online.
The UCLA football team will parade through the Fan Zone area on their way into the Rose Bowl at approximately 10:00 a.m.
The Bruin Kid's Club presented by Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA will have an information booth complete with registration forms. Membership in the Bruin Kids Club is open to kids 13 and younger. Membership is $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child in the household.
Three (3) members of Bruin Kids Club will compete during the game to see which has the best bruin growl. The winner will win a 48" stuffed bear courtesy of Bank of the West.
The Adidas Game Ball Presentation will take place prior to the game. Fans can register to present the game ball and win an Adidas prize pack at the Adidas display at the UCLA Store, on campus and online at UCLABruins.com.
Four lucky fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime to sit on the field at the Rose Bowl in the Time Warner Cable Dream Seats. Fans can register to win this VIP experience at UCLABruins.com.
The Parking Spot "Best Spot in the House" promotion allows UCLA fans to register online to win two (2) tickets and a VIP parking pass for the game. Fans can register online at UCLABruins.com
Bristol Farms will provide one lucky fan and a guest with two (2) $50 gift cards to Bristol Farms plus game tickets and a parking pass. Fans can register online at UCLABruins.com