Sept. 3, 2012
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HOME OPENER/ GAME 2
The Bruins (1-0) will open their 31st season at home in the Rose Bowl with a non-conference game against Big Ten Conference opponent Nebraska (1-0, ranked 17th on the AP poll and 16th on the coaches poll) on Saturday, September 8. Kickoff is set for 4:50 p.m. PT and the game will be nationally televised by FOX with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis in the booth and Julie Alexandria on the sideline. UCLA began its 94th season of football, and first under the direction of head coach Jim Mora, with a 49-24 win at Rice on Thursday, August 30. AM 1150 (KTLK) and the Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS (Ch. 113), XM (Ch. 196).
The Huskers and the Bruins have not met on the gridiron since the 1994 season. Nebraska, second-ranked at that time, won the contest, played in Lincoln, NE, 49-21, and leads the overall series, which dates back to a meeting in 1946, by a 6-4 count. The two teams last played in California in the 1993 season, a 14-13 Nebraska win in the Rose Bowl. Nebraska has been ranked either first or second in the nation in six of those previous meetings. The last Bruin win in the series came by a score of 41-28 in the 1988 season, in a game played in Pasadena, CA between then fifth-ranked UCLA and second-ranked Nebraska. One of UCLA's biggest wins ever came almost exactly 40 years ago over a number-one ranked Cornhusker team. The 1972 Bruin team, using a wishbone attack under the direction of first-year starter Mark Harmon, which had finished the previous season with two wins, snapped the 32-game unbeaten streak of the Huskers who had captured National Championships in 1970 and 1971. A field goal by Efren Herrera in the game's final seconds sent UCLA to a 20-17 win in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
**Johnathan Franklin became the first UCLA back with two runs of 72 yards or more in a game (74 / 78)
**Johnathan Franklin (2,883 yds) moved closer to becoming the seventh UCLA back with 3,000 yards rushing and is now just 32 yards shy of moving into seventh on the all-time school rushing list
**Franklin became the fourth UCLA back to rush for at least 200 yards in multiple games Gaston Green (3), Karim Abdul Jabbar (3), Theotis Brown (2)
**This was Franklin's 11th 100-yard rushing game, tied for seventh on all-time list with Theotis Brown
**This is the first time UCLA has started three freshmen offensive linemen (Torian White Fr.R, Simon Goines, Fr., Jake Brendel (Fr.R) in a season-opener
**CB Aaron Hester became first Bruin to start four straight season-openers since OL Mike McCloskey and LB Spencer Havner in 2002-05 seasons
**LB Eric Kendricks has started the last four games and totaled 33 tackles in those contests ... he had a career-best 11 stops last week at Rice
**UCLA has won 21 of its last 26 non-conference matchups in the Rose Bowl (dating back to 1998)
**QB Brett Hundley became the third UCLA freshman quarterback to start a season-opener (Kevin Prince 2009, Bret Johnson 1989)
**The 646 yards of total offense gained at Rice was the eighth highest in UCLA history
**UCLA has won eight of its last 15 home games played against AP ranked opponents (dating back to 2005); last season, it lost to #24 Texas and defeated #20 Arizona State
**UCLA played eight true freshmen in the opener at Rice - OL Simon Goines, WR Jordan Payton, F Kenneth Walker, CB Ishmael Adams, CB Fabian Moreau, DL Ellis McCarthy, PK Ka'imi Fairbairn, DB Randall Goforth
**F receiver Steven Manfro, OT Simon Goines, OT Torian White, C Jake Brendel, DT Seali'i Epenesa, QB Brett Hundley each made their first career starts at Rice
**UCLA had six 200-yard rushing games last season and opened the 2012 season with a 343-yard total at Rice ... The Bruins have won 22 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (79-3-1 all-time)
**F Steven Manfro, OT Simon Goines, OT Torian White, C Jake Brendel, QB Brett Hundley, WR Tyler Scott, DB Randall Goforth, DB Ishmael Adams, F Roosevelt Davis, WR Devin Lucien, PK Ka'imi Fairbairn, CB Fabian Moreau, DL Ellis McCarthy, DL Brandon Willis, DL Brandon Tuliaupupu, LB Aaron Wallace, F Kennth Walker, WR Jordan Payton, OL Ben Wysocki each saw their first career action in the game at Rice
**The 49 points scored at Rice was the most by a Bruin team since scoring 50 in the Sun Bowl against Northwestern on 12/30/05
**UCLA had 5-1 record in Rose Bowl last season and Bruins won all four Pac-12 conference home games
**The 2011 season marked the eighth straight season in which UCLA has won its first conference game of the year and then gone on to become bowl eligible
**Nine of the last 13 UCLA quarterbacks making their first start have helped lead the team to a win
** Y receiver Joseph Fauria, on the Mackey Award Watch List, caught his ninth career scoring pass at Rice
**Redshirt soph safety Tevin McDonald tied the school record in 2011 with three interceptions against Cal
**Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, placed a personal-best 26 punts inside the 20 in 2011
FOR THE NEBRASKA GAME
Honorary Captain --- The Bruins welcome back James McAlister as this week's honorary captain. McAlister was a running back for the Bruins in the 1972 and 1973 seasons, earning first-team All-Pac-8 honors in 1972. He teammed with Kermit Johnson to form one of the most potent backfields in school history and helped to key one of the biggest wins in UCLA history, a 20-17 win over two-time defending National Champion Nebraska in 1972. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry for his career and totaled 1,492 yards. The team went 17-5 in his two seasons under head coach Pepper Rodgers. Also a standout on the track, McAlister's long jump of 27-0 1/2 has been a school mark since 1973. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1974. After playing in the World Football League, McAlister went on to play in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975-1976 and the New England Patriots in 1978.
1972 UCLA FB Team --- Members of the team which defeated two-time defending national champion Nebraska in the season-opener of the 1972 season will be introduced during a quarter break at Saturday's game.
1961 UCLA FB Team --- Members of the 1961 team which captured UCLA's first outright AAWU (Athletic Assoc. of Western Universities) conference championship and went on to play in the 1962 Rose Bowl game will be introduced at halftime on Saturday.
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 Forida 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 ... Running back Malcolm Jones'(#28) brother, Marshall, played defensive back at USC ... Malcolm was selected to the first-team Pac-12 All-Academic team in 2011 ... 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.