Sept. 20, 2010
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UCLA TRAVELS TO #7/4 TEXAS
Kickoff at 2:30 pm CT/12:30 pm PT on Sept. 25 on ABC
Bruins return home Oct. 2 vs. Washington State
GAME 4 -- UCLA (1-2, 0-1) hits the road to the Big 12 for the second time this season and will square off with No. 7 AP/No. 4 USA Today Texas (3-0) on Sat. Sept. 25. Game time is 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 pm PT and it will be televised by ABC with Sean McDonough and Matt Millen in the booth and Heather Cox on the sideline (the portion of the country in which the game is not on ABC will see it on ESPN). AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin ISP Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest and it will be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (125 SIRIUS). Sports USA Radio Network will also produce a national broadcast of the game with Rich Cellini and Gary Barnett in the booth.
The Bruins series with Texas is tied at two wins each. The Bruins last met UT in the 1998 season-opener, a 49-31 UCLA win played before a then record season-opening crowd in the Rose Bowl of 73,070. UCLA jumped all over the Longhorns early and took a 21-3 lead after one quarter and a 35-3 lead at the half. Quarterback Cade McNown threw for 339 yards on the day and wide receiver Freddie Mitchell added 250 all-purpose yards, 79 coming on a touchdown pass from McNown.
UCLA's last trip to Austin resulted in a 66-3 Bruin victory over the then 10th-ranked Longhorns in 1997. Quarterback Cade McNown threw five first half scoring passes on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead. The win was keyed by a Bruin defense which forced eight Longhorn turnovers, had seven sacks, and twenty-one tackles for losses on the day. The offense was left with excellent field position and took advantage with four touchdown drives of 25 yards or less, and six scoring drives of fewer than 43 yards.
BRUINS AND THE LONE STAR STATE -- UCLA has played six games since the 1990 season in the state of Texas and has won five of them. The last time the Bruins ventured into Texas it handed Northwestern a 50-38 setback in the 2005 Sun Bowl. The last regular season contest the Bruin played in the state was its 42-24 win over Houston in the 1998 season. The lone loss came at the hands of Wisconsin in the 2000 Sun Bowl, 21-20.
UCLA currently has one player on its roster from the state of Texas, center Ryan Taylor. The senior played his high school ball at Denison,TX HS and then attended Tyler,TX Junior College.
Some of the recent UCLA players to attend high school in Texas include (last season at UCLA listed) -- 2009 Korey Bosworth, DL-Plano; 2009 Kyle Bosworth, LB-Plano; 2007 Bruce Davis, DL-Houston; 2004 Ben Emanuel, DB-Friendswood; 2003 Ryan Smith,WR-Flower Mound; 2002 Steve Morgan, DL-Dallas; 2002 Sean Phillips, DL-Missouri City; 2001 Ed Ieremia-Stansbury, RB/QB-El Paso; 2000 Tony White, LB-El Paso; 1997 Skip Hicks, RB-Wichita Falls; 1995 Rob Walker, QB-Austin 1994 Carl Greenwood, DB-Corpus Christi; 1994 Daron Washington, RB-Killeen; 1994 Shane Jasper, LB-Troup; 1994 Paul Kennedy, OL-Austin; 1993 Brian Tighe, LB-Pflugerville; 1993 Ricky Davis, RB-Houston; 1993 Bradley Craig, LB-Houston; 1992 Kevin Williams, RB-Spring; 1992 Othello Henderson, DB-Killeen; 1992 Rick Daly, TE-Friendswood; 1991 James Malone, LB-Dallas; 1991 Tommy Maddox, QB-Bedford; 1990 Reggie Moore, WR-Houston; 1989 Charles Arbuckle, TE-Houston.
LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will return home to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 2 and host Pac-10 conference rival Washington State. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. UCLA's 2010 Hall of Fame class will be honored that afternoon. The Bruins lead the all-time series 37-18-1. The teams have split the last four meetings, with UCLA winning the last two, 43-7 at WSU in 2009 and 28-3 in the Rose Bowl in 2008.
BRUINS VS. THE BIG 12 -- UCLA has a 23-20-1 record in all-time games played vs. the members of the Big 12 conference. The Bruins own a 4-5 mark in the decade of the 2000's v. Big 12 schools.
UCLA lost earlier this season in a contest at Kansas State after besting the Wildcats in 2009 in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins topped Oklahoma 41-24 in the 2005 season; lost to Oklahoma State in the 2004 opener; lost at Oklahoma and Colorado in 2003; lost to Colorado and beat Oklahoma State in 2002;won at Kansas in 2001. UCLA has played games against 10 members of the conference, never having met Texas Tech or Baylor.
FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath had connected on 40 straight field goal attempts from a distance of inside 50 yards prior to missing from 49 yards (wide right) against Stanford (he is now 41 of 42). After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon in 2008, he made his last 12 from that range in 2008, sent all 25 kicks from that range of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights and was three for three this year prior to his miss against Stanford.
Overall, he has made 45 of his last 49 attempts. He was 28 of 31 last season and No. 1 in the nation with 2.15 field goals per game. He was second with his .903 percentage (23 or more attempts).
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Junior free safety Rahim Moore tallied his first interception of the 2010 season against Houston and moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time school list (14). In 2009, he picked off an NCAA-leading 10 passes in 2009 (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Temple) in 13 games. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 14 thefts in 28 career games. His 10 interceptions in `09 were the most by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2003 and he was second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.31).
HANDS TEAM -- Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario has made 40 catches for 626 yards in his last nine games for an average of 15.7 yards per catch. Junior wide receiver Taylor Embree has caught 37 balls for 498 yards over the last 12 contests for an average of 13.5 yards per catch.
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 18 players who have made their UCLA debuts in the first three games of 2010, by class:
*nine true freshmen - KSU: F Anthony Barr, RB Malcolm Jones, DT Cassius Marsh, LB Jared Koster (special teams); Stanford: S Dietrich Riley, LB Jordan Zumwalt, DT Seali'i Epenesa, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa; Houston: CB Anthony Jefferson;
*six redshirt freshmen - KSU: WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, LB Isaiah Bowens, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams); Stanford: LB Isaiah Bowens;
*one redshirt sophomore - TE Joseph Fauria
*one junior - WR/KR Josh Smith
*one redshirt senior - DT Andy Keane
FIRST STARTS -- Five positional players made their first career starts in the 2010 season opener -- DT Justin Edison, DT David Carter, DE Damien Holmes, LB Patrick Larimore and OT Sean Sheller. In addition, DE Nate Chandler made his first start on defense. Against Houston, DE Keenan Graham became the sixth player to record his first career start this season.
LAST GAME -- UCLA rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with 31 consecutive points en route to a 31-13 vicotry over No. 23 Houston at the Rose Bowl - its first win of the 2010 season.
After Houston scored a field goal on its second possession of the contest, it tried an onside kick but David Allen caught the ball at the Bruin 49-yard line. UCLA reached the end zone five plays later with Johnathan Franklin covering the final 11 yards for the go-ahead score. On their next possession, the Bruins drove 80 yards for a 14-3 lead. The lead became 21-3 when Rahim Moore intercepted the ball at the Bruin 16 and returned it to the Cougar 42. From there, UCLA took seven plays to reach the end zone on Franklin's one-yard run.
Kai Forbath's 42-yard field goal on UCLA's first possession of the second half made the score 24-3 and when the Taylor Embree returned a punt 31-yards to the Houston 12-yard line, it took Fraklin just one play to make the score 31-3 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
On the afternoon, the Bruins accounted for 365 yards - 266 on the ground and 99 in the air. The last time UCLA rushed for more yards was the 2007 Washington contest (333). Johnathan Franklin led the attack with a career-high 158 yards, the highest total by a Bruin since Chris Markey ran for 193 against Washington in 2007. He also ran for three touchdowns. Kevin Prince completed nine of 17 passes for 99 yards and was the team's second-leading rusher with 60 yards, including a two-yard touchdown, on 10 attempts. Ricky Marvray led the receivers with three catches.
Defensively, UCLA held the nation's No. 1 scoring team (61.0) to just one touchdown - after the score was 31-3 - and two field goals and 360 total yards - 110 in the fourth quarter (Houston entered the game averaging 576.5 yards per game). The aggressive defense allowed just three scrimmage plays of 20 or more yards. Houston finished with 252 in the air and 108 on the ground.
Patrick Larimore led the Bruins with a career-high 11 tackles, including 3.0 for loss, and a forced fumble. Andrew Abbott, starting in the nickel, recorded a career-high seven stops, including two for loss. Akeem Ayers made five tackles, including two for loss, and returned a goal line 77 yards. Rahim Moore made the 14th interception of his career to set up a Bruin touchdown and Keenan Graham made his first career start.