Sept. 27, 2010
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UCLA WELCOMES WASHINGTON ST. TO ROSE BOWL
Kickoff at 12:37 pm PT on Oct. 2 on Prime Ticket
New Bruin Hall of Fame Members honored in halftime ceremony
GAME 5 -- UCLA (2-2, 0-1), winner of two straight, returns home to host Washington State (1-3, 0-1) in a Pacific-10 Conference game on Sat. Oct. 2. Game time is 12:30 p.m. and it will be televised by Prime with Bill Macdonald and James Washington in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline. FS Northwest will also originate a telecast. The UCLA ISP Radio Network and AM 570 (KLAC) will radio broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action and it will be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (161 SIRIUS). 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.
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.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Former UCLA standout receiver J.J. Stokes will serve as the Bruin honorary captain against WSU. Stokes played wide receiver on the 1991-94 UCLA teams and earned consensus All-America honors in 1993. He was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year following that 1993 season, after setting a school record with 82 catches. His 17 touchdown catches that year established a new school mark and matched the Pac-10 Conference record. He totaled 14 catches in the 1994 Rose Bowl game to set another record. Stokes still ranks No. 1 at UCLA with 28 career touchdowns passes, No. 4 in receiving yardage (2,469) and receptions (154). He was on the receiving end of the longest pass play in school history, a 95-yard play from quarterback Wayne Cook in a 1993 game against Washington. In 1992, Stokes set the school individual game mark with 263 receiving yards in a contest against USC.
Stokes went on to be selected with the 10th pick in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played with the Jaguars and for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in 2003. He currently works as a radio host on an ESPN affiliate in the Bay Area and is also doing work for Prime Ticket.
HALL OF FAMERS ON HAND -- UCLA will honor its new Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime of the WSU contest --- David Ashleigh-a two-time Olympian in water polo in 1964 and 1968; Andy Banachowski-six women's volleyball national championships as the women's head coach and two as a men's player at UCLA, Dr. Judith Holland-Bruins won 37 national championships during her tenure as an administrator; Mebrahtom Keflezighi-won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in the marathon; Valorie Kondos Field-current women's gymnastics coach whose teams have won six NCAA championships; Seilala Sua-a seven-time NCAA champion in the throwing events and 2000 Olympian; Chase Utley-All-American baseball player at UCLA and a member of 2009 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies; Catharine von Schwarz-this water polo All-American became the first female team member in UCLA history to win four national championships. The new class will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in an on-campus ceremony on Friday evening.
THE SERIES -- UCLA owns a 37-18-1 record in the series with the Cougars. The Bruins captured last year's battle by a score of 43-7 up in the Palouse. However, WSU has won three of the last four contests (2006, 2004, 2002) played in the Rose Bowl. UCLA came away from the 2008 matchup in Pasadena with a 28-3 victory to snap a three-game Rose Bowl win streak by the Cougars.
In last year's Bruin win in Pullman, Kevin Prince tallied his third 300-yard passing game of the season after racking up 314 yards while completing 29 of 45 aerials. Running back Chane Moline found the end zone on three runs and Prince added a fourth Bruin score on a 68-yard scamper. WSU was held to 181 yards of total offense. Akeem Ayers recorded two interceptions and Rahim Moore added another to key the defense.
In the last meeting in the Rose Bowl, UCLA bested the Cougars in game 5 of the 2008 season. Kevin Craft threw for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the contest, the second scoring toss put the Bruins up 21-3 midway through the third quarter. Kahlil Bell rushed for two scores on the day. The Bruin defense gave up just 177 WSU yards and limited the Cougars to 2 of 13 on third down conversions.
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 43 of 45). 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 47 of his last 52 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 29 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).
FRANKLIN ON THE RUN -- Redshirt sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin is the Bruins' leading rusher (102.25 average). He has now rushed for over 100 yards four times in his career and has done it in back-to-back games for the first time ever. The last time a Bruin rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games was Chris Markey versus Rice and Washington in 2006.
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 19 players who have made their UCLA debuts in the first four games of 2010, by class:
*10 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; Texas: OL Chris Ward
*six redshirt freshmen - KSU: WR Ricky Marvray, DE Keenan Graham, DB Stan McKay (special teams), TE Jayson Allmond (special teams); Stanford: LB Isaiah Bowens; Texas: C Greg Capella
*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. At Texas, WR Ricky Marvray became the seventh player to make his first career start.
LAST GAME -- UCLA once again travelled to Austin, TX and emerged with a huge victory. In 1997, an 0-2 Bruin team defeated the Longhorns, 66-3. On Sept. 25, a 1-2 UCLA squad dominated the second half and left Austin with a 34-12 victory over Texas, ranked No. 4 on the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and No. 7 by AP.
After missing a field goal attempt set up by Cassius Marsh's fumble return to the 20-yard line, UCLA found itself trailing 3-0 after the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Sean Westgate forced a fumble on a Longhorn punt return and Dalton Hilliard recovered at the four-yard line. On second down from the one, Kevin Prince found Ricky Marvray in the right corner of the end zone for a 7-3 lead. Two Kai Forbath field goals made the score 13-3 at halftime.
The Bruins set the tone for the final minutes on their opening possession. They drove 80 yards on eight plays - the final seven on the ground - and scored on an 11-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Franklin to make the score 20-3. Later in the quarter following a Texas field goal, Josh Smith's 45-yard kickoff return gave the Bruins the ball at midfield and it took just three runs, the final one covering 38 yards by Prince, to make the score 27-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Texas scored its only touchdown of the game with under three minutes remaining after UCLA had milked over eight minutes off the clock on a drive before punting. Derrick Coleman scored the final touchdown of the game on a 29-yard third-down run.
On the afternoon, UCLA rushed for 264 yards against the nation's No. 1 run defense. Franklin led the Bruins with 118 yards, Coleman ran for a career-high 94 yards and Prince chipped in with 50 net yards. UCLA attempted just nine passes (eight by Prince) and completed five for 27 yards and one score. Two of the completions were to Nelson Rosario to convert third-down situations on the eight-minute fourth-quarter drive. The offensive line was spectacular, opening holes that enabled the Bruins to rush for 193 yards in the second half, averaging six yards per attempt.
Defensively, UCLA held Texas to just 85 net yards rushing and 349 total yards while forcing five turnovers - two on special teams. Twice the Bruins stopped Texas on fourth-down conversion attempts.
Sean Westgate led the Bruins with 11 tackles and forced a fumble on a punt return to set up UCLA's first touchdown. Rahim Moore made eight stops, including one for loss. Dalton Hilliard, playing in the nickel package, made a career-best seven tackles and recovered a fumbled punt to set up the first touchdown. Akeem Ayers had another great game, making six tackles, including one sack and a second for loss, forced a fumble on his sack and also intercepted a pass for the second straight week.
On special teams, Kai Forbath converted two of three field goal attempts and scored 10 points and Jeff Locke averaged 46.8 yards on his four punts.
THEN, NOW, FOREVER
Head coach Rick Neuheisel and UCLA Athletics host a pre-game tailgate tent for all alumni Bruin football players to enjoy each other's company prior to each contest (except Homecoming, when there is a different event for all alumni student-athletes). The tent is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Thompson National Properties, LLC, Shannon and Andy Meyers and Bar One Catering. Each former player is admitted for free and is allowed to bring a guest free of charge (additional guests may come for a nominal fee).
UCLA will recognize the wonderful work of Operation Mend at Saturday's football game. Among those who will be in attendance are: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; Mr Ron Katz, well- known philanthropist; Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of UCLA Health System; Dr Timothy Miller, chief of reconstructive and plastic surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, who is also a military veteran; and Dr. Chistopher Crisera of UCLA.
Eight heroes who were treated through Operation Mend will be honored with an on-field recognition between the first and second quarters: Retired Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin, Army Specialist Louis Dahlman, Army Specialist Chadwick Jesse, Marine Corporal Ronnie Porta, Retired Army Specialist Joey Paulk, Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Octavio Sanchez, Retired Army Sergeant Jason March and Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Bruce. During the on-field ceremony, Chancellor Block will present a game ball to Katz.
Prior to the game, the doctors, the soldiers and their families, along with their Buddy Families, will attend the Chancellor's Bruin Game Day Party.
UCLA FAN ZONE IN AREA H
What better way to experience the passion of college football than Saturday tailgating at the Rose Bowl! The UCLA Fan Zone caters to all football fans: families, sports fans, alumni and students.
The UCLA Fan Zone showcases:
--KLAC/UCLA ISP Radio Stage AM570 - the centerpiece of the area is the live broadcast of the "Bruin Game Day" pre-game show hosted by former UCLA quarterbacks Wayne Cook (1991-94) and Matt Stevens (1983-86). KLAC 570 AM (Los Angeles) is the flagship for the network. Network affiliates include: KWDJ 1360 AM (Ridgecrest) and KCTC 1320 AM (Sacramento). The UCLA ISP Sports Network feed is also carried nationally on Sirius XM Satellite radio with longtime voice of the Bruins Chris Roberts joining Cook and Stevens.
--Jumbo Screen Televisions
--Bruin Kids Club
--Interactive Entertainment & Activities
--Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent
--The Alumni Band and Spirit Squads will also be performing in the Fan Zone.
The UCLA Fan Zone opens four (4) hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE!
Beginning October 2, the Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate Tent located in the Fan Zone, offers Bruin fans exclusive pre-game tailgate tent hospitality. Shallots will satisfy your hunger and beverages needs.
Individual Pre-Game Huddle Tailgate tent passes are available. To order your pass today, go to the football page on www.uclabruins.com and check out the Football Fun Zone link.
UCLA FAN ZONE REFRESHMENTS
The Fan Zone also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants on a season basis: American Pretzel, Baja Grill, Carl's Jr., Teri & Yaki, Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Pizza Square, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ and Bristol Farms. The following food trucks are committed for one game each: Nam-Nam Truck (10/2), Nana Queen's (10/30), Fishlips Sushi (11/6) and Frysmith. (12/4).