Sept. 24, 2012
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The Bruins (3-1, 0-1) play their first Pac-12 Conference road game of the season at Colorado (1-3, 1-0) on Saturday, September 29 in Boulder, CO. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. MT/ 3:00 p.m. PT and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Adam Archuleta in the booth and Yogi Roth on the sidelines.
The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 1150am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS (Ch. 139).
The Bruins lead the series 5-2 and captured the last meeting, scoring a 45-6 win, a year ago, in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins scored on their first three possessions of that contest and jumped out to 21-0 lead. A 21-point fourth quarter made the final score 45-6. Johnathan Franklin ran for 162 yards. Quarterback Kevin Prince passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns. The Bruins became bowl eligible with last season's win over CU.
THE LAST MEETING
November 19, 2011
Bruins Topple Buffaloes in Final Home Game, 45-6
Kevin Prince threw for 225 yards and hit tight end Joseph Fauria with two of his career-high four touchdown passes, and UCLA moved within one victory of a Pac-12 South title with a 45-6 win over Colorado on Saturday.
The two teams last did battle in Boulder, CO in the 2003 season. Colorado came away with a 16-14 victory. CU scored the winning touchdown in the final two minutes of the contest. Quarterback Drew Olson came off the bench, following an injury to Matt Moore, to complete 13 of 23 passing attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Marcedes Lewis made six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown.
UCLA has not won a game in Boulder since the 1984 season. Freshmen running backs James Primus and Gaston Green combined for 169 yards on the ground in a 33-16 victory. Quarterback Matt Stevens threw for 193 yards and one touchdown. John Lee booted four field goals on the day and became UCLA's career scoring leader after converting an extra point in the fourth quarter.
**RB Johnathan Franklin ranks fourth in the nation in rushing (146.50/g) after putting together three straight 100-yard rushing games, including two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...he ranks seventh in the nation in all-purpose yardage (180.75)
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State ranks fifth all-time at UCLA and is the sixth 400-yard game in school history; He ranks 10th in the nation in total offense (337.50)
**Hundley is the first UCLA quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games and the eighth to total at least three 300-yard games in a season
Most 300-yd passing games in a season -- Cade McNown 6 in 1998 season, Tom Ramsey 4 in 1982, Troy Aikman 3 in 1988, Tommy Maddox 3 in 1990, Cory Paus 3 in 2000, Kevin Prince 3 in 2009, Drew Olson 3 in 2005, Hundley in 2012
Most Career 300-yd passing games -- McNown11, Paus 7, D.Olson 4, Maddox 4, Aikman 4, Ramsey 4, Hundley 3 and others
**Hundley is seventh nationally and second in the Pac-12 in passing offense (299.75). He is first nationally among freshmen;he is second among the nation's freshmen in scoring passes with nine
**Junior linebacker Anthony Barr, playing his first season on defense, is ranked tied for 10th in the nation in sacks (1.25 per game) and leads the team with 5.0
**The Bruins top the Pac-12 with 12 turnovers gained (eight ints.-tied for first in Pac-12 and four fumbles)
**This is the second time in Franklin's career he has had three-straight 100-yard rushing games, also 2010
**UCLA has played three teams ranked among the top 32 teams nationally in total offense its first four games of 2012 (9-Nebraska, 30 Rice, 32 Houston)
** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price leads the nation in interceptions (1.33 per game)
**UCLA has not gained at least 500 yards of total offense in any three previous three-game stretch (complete records date back to the 1958 season) ... It has not gained at least 500 yards of total offense three times in a single season since 2005 ... The 653 yards gained against Nebraska was the sixth-highest total in school history and most since 2005
**Franklin's 3,255 yds rushing ranks fourth among active FBS players (1-Robbie Rouse of Fresno State-3,674)
**Houston was Franklin's 13th career 100-yard rushing game, tied for 5th on all-time list (DeShaun Foster)
**The UCLA defense scored in each of the first three games of the season (fumble returns at Rice and vs. Houston for touchdowns and a safety vs. Nebraska)
**UCLA had six 200-yard rushing games last season and opened the 2012 season with a 247-yard total vs. Houston, 344-yard total vs. Nebraska and a 343-yard total at Rice ... The Bruins have won 23 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250 yards (80-3-1 all-time)
**With a career total of 3,255 yds, Franklin has vaulted into second on the all-time school list .... He is 477 yards shy of Gaston Green's (1984-87) mark of 3,731 yards.
**Franklin became the third UCLA back to rush for at least 200 yards in at least three games, joining Gaston Green (3) and Karim Abdul-Jabbar (3) ... Abdul-Jabbar rushed for over 200 yards in three straight games in the 1995 season against Stanford (261), Cal (217) and Arizona State (207).
**Nine of the last 13 UCLA quarterbacks making their first start have helped lead the team to a win
**LB Eric Kendricks has started the last seven games and totaled 54 tackles in those contests (7.7 avg.) ... he had a career-best 11 stops at Rice
**Senior cornerback Sheldon Price tied the school record with three interceptions against Houston ... Redshirt soph safety Tevin McDonald tied the school mark last season with three thefts against Cal
**Senior punter Jeff Locke, on the Ray Guy Watch list, placed a personal-best 26 punts inside the 20 in 2011 and has 15, out of 25 kicks, so far this season, with 11 fair catches, as he helps UCLA win the field position battle
** Y receiver Joseph Fauria, on the Mackey Award Watch List, caught his 10th and 11th career scoring passes vs. Nebraska marking the third game in his career with multiple tds
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 ... 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.
FIRST GAME ON BRUIN SIDELINE (thru 1965)
2012 - Jim Mora, W at Rice; 2008 - Rick Neuheisel, W Tennessee; 2003 - Karl Dorrell, L at Colorado; 1996 - Bob Toledo, L at Tennessee; 1976 - Terry Donahue, W at Arizona State; 1974 - Dick Vermeil, T at Tennessee; 1971 - Pepper Rodgers, L Pitt; 1965 - Tommy Prothro, L at Michigan State.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
AP: Pre-Season - NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-22nd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(27th) ....USA Today/ESPN: Pre-Season-NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-23rd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(31st)
UCLA has a 7-1 record in overtime games, the last coming in the 2008 season-opener against Tennessee, a 27-24 win.
FRESHMEN OVER THE YEARS
11 true freshmen -- CB Ishmael Adams, WR Jordan Payton, F Kenneth Walker, OT Simon Goines, CB Fabian Moreau, DB Randall Goforth, PK Ka'imi Fairbairn, DL Ellis McCarthy, DB Marcus Rios, Y Ian Taubler, LB Kenny Orjioke -- have seen action in 2012.
A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. Thirteen played in 1975, 12 in 1978, 1980 and 2004 and 10 played in 1979. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006, two in 2007 and 11 in 2008. UCLA played 10 freshmen in 2009. The Bruins played 10 freshmen in 2010. Tight end Raymond Nelson (no longer on the roster) was the lone first-year player to see action in 2011.