Oct. 1, 2012
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The 25th-ranked (AP) Bruins (4-1, 1-1) remain on the road for a second-straight week to play at California (1-4, 0-2) on Saturday, October 6 in Berkeley, CA. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker in the booth and former Bruin linebacker Ryan Nece on the sidelines. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest on 570am in the Los Angeles area. The game will also be aired nationally on SIRIUS (Ch.S94, XM 193).
THE LAST MEETING
October 29, 2011
Defense Shines as UCLA Football Downs Cal, 31-14
Freshman safety Tevin McDonald made the first three interceptions of his college career, Derrick Coleman scored three touchdowns, and UCLA defeated California, 31-14, in a Pac-12 contest at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
The Bruins lead the series, 50-31-1. UCLA earned a 31-14 win in the last meeting, on Oct. 29, 2011, in the Rose Bowl. Derrick Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, and Tevin McDonald picked off three Cal passes in the victory. UCLA scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead at the break. Cal closed to 17-14, but UCLA turned two McDonald thefts into Coleman scoring runs to pull away. Datone Jones recorded six stops in the game, including two sacks.
The two teams last did battle in Berkeley in the 2010 season. UCLA fell behind early and dropped a 35-7 decision to California. Cal scored on its fi rst possession and then took advantage of a Bruin fumble to build a 14-0 lead late in the fi rst quarter on the way to a 28-0 halftime cushion. UCLA had 144 yards of offense in the contest, 26 yards on the ground. Johnathan Franklin led the team with 54 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Kevin Prince completed 13 of 31 passes for 99 yards with one touchdown.
Then No. 2-ranked UCLA started slow in the 1998 game at Cal, fumbling on its fi rst two possessions, before righting the ship and taking a 20-9 lead at the half. Cal closed to 20-16 at the end of the third quarter, but could not take the lead thanks to a UCLA goal line stand. A Bruin touchdown on a halfback option pass at the
start of the fourth quarter made the score 28-16. Cal never crossed midfi eld again and the Bruins improved to 6-0 on the season. It was the UCLA's 16th straight win at the time.
**RB Johnathan Franklin ranks fourth in the nation in rushing (139.40/g)...He is first among rushers from BCS Conference schools ... Franklin put together two season-opening 200-yard plus efforts against Rice (214) and Nebraska (217)...The senior ranks 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (176.40) and has caught a career-best 12 passes this season ... He had caught no more than 10 passes in any previous season
**The Bruins top the Pac-12 and rank fourth in the nation with 14 turnovers gained (nine ints.-tied for first in Pac-12 and fi ve fumbles - Fresno State is the leader with 16)
**UCLA is ranked fourth in the nation in total offense (558.4), 13th in rushing offense (243.4) and 19th in passing offense (315)...Oklahoma State is the only other FBS school ranked among the top 20 nationally in both rushing and passing offense
** Senior cornerback Sheldon Price leads the nation in interceptions (1.00 per game)
** UCLA has won its fi rst two road games of a season for the fi rst time since 2005 when it captured wins in its initial three road games on the way to a 10-2 record for the year
**QB Brett Hundley's 404 yards of total offense against Oregon State rank fi fth all-time at UCLA. It was the sixth 400-yard game in school history; he ranks 17th in the nation in total offense (327.00)
**Junior linebacker Anthony Barr, playing his fi rst season on defense, is ranked 15th in the nation in sacks (1.20 per game) and leads the team with 6.0
**Senior linebacker Damien Holmes had 5.0 tackles for loss in the win over Colorado ... it was the most by a UCLA player since Robert Thomas also had fi ve in a 2001 game versus Ohio State.
**Colorado (211 yds) was the fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season for UCLA which had six such games last year...The Bruins opened 2012 with a 247-yard total vs. Houston, a 344-yard total vs. Nebraska and a 343-yard sum at Rice ... The Bruins have won 23 straight games in which they have rushed for at least 250
yards (80-3-1 all-time)
**Hundley is the fi rst 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 ranked 18th in passing yards and 17th in total offense (2nd among freshmen)
**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) ... The last time UCLA has gained at least 500 yards of total offense, three times in a single season, was 2005 ... The 653 yards gained against Nebraska was the sixth-highest total in school history and most since 2005
**Franklin's 3,366 yds rushing rank fourth among active FBS players (1-Montee Ball of Wisconsin-3,760)
**Colorado was Franklin's 14th career 100-yard rushing game, fi fth on all-time list
**The UCLA defense scored in each of the fi rst three games of the season (fumble returns at Rice and vs. Houston for touchdowns and a safety vs. Nebraska)
**This is the second time in Franklin's career he has had three-straight 100-yard rushing games, also 2010
**LB Eric Kendricks has started the last eight games and totaled 58 tackles in those contests (7.3 avg.) ... he had a career-best 11 stops earlier this season 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 18, out of 31 kicks, so far this season, with 16 fair catches, as he helps UCLA win the fi eld 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 career game with multiple tds...He grabbed his 12th scoring pass at Colorado
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 fi nished 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 Florida 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); Sept. 30-25th ....USA Today/ESPN: Pre-Season-NA; Sept. 2-NA; Sept. 9-23rd; Sept. 16-19th; Sept. 23-NA(31st); Sept. 30-
UCLA has a 7-1 record in overtime games, the last coming in the 2008 season-opener
against Tennessee, a 27-24 win.