Oct. 4, 2010
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Coach Neuheisel Monday Media Conference.
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UCLA AT CALIFORNIA
Kickoff at 12:30 pm PT on Oct. 9 on FSN
Bruins have bye next Saturday; at Oregon on Oct. 21; next home game Oct. 30
GAME 6 --UCLA (3-2, 1-1), winner of three straight, hits the road to Berkeley to square off against California (2-2,0-1) in a Pacific-10 Conference game on Sat. Oct. 9. Game time is 12:30 p.m. and it will be televised nationally by FSN (Prime Ticket in Los Angeles) with Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline. 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 (121 SIRIUS, 141 XM).
The Bruins lead the all-time series 49-30-1. California has won three of the last four meetings overall and the last five contests played in Memorial Stadium. UCLA's last win in the series came in a 30-21 verdict in the Rose Bowl in the 2007 campaign. Its last victory over Cal in the Bay Area came by a 28-16 margin during the 1998 season when the Bruins held the #2 ranking in the country.
THE SERIES -- UCLA owns a 49-30-1 record in the series with the Golden Bears. The Bruins have dropped the last two contests played, including a 45-26 decision a season ago in the Rose Bowl. Cal claimed the 2008 game in Berkeley by a score of 41-20 and has won the last five meetings played in the Bay Area.
In last year's Bruin loss in the Rose Bowl (game 6), Kevin Prince recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career (21-41--311 yds). Johnathan Franklin totaled 101 yards rushing and scored both of UCLA's touchdowns (7, 74 yards runs). Kai Forbath connected on all four of his field goal attempts. Cal ran for 289 yards and totaled 494 yards of total offense. The Bears jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held a 35-20 advantage at the half.
In game 8 of the 2008 season, Cal topped the Bruins 41-20 in Berkeley. Twenty-four fourth quarter points by the Golden Bears broke open a close game. The Bears rushed for 232 yards in the contest and held the Bruins to 16 on the ground. Terrence Austin tallied 203 yards in kickoff return yards for the Bruins.
In that 1998 Bruin win in Berkeley, UCLA started slow, fumbling on its first 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 pass at the start of the fourth quarter made the final score 28-16. The win improved UCLA's record to 6-0 on the season, its best start since a 7-0 start in 1988, and was its 16th straight win at the time.
LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will enjoy a bye week (no game on Oct. 16) and then go back on the road to play at Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 21. Kickoff time on ESPN is set for 6 pm. The Bruins lead the all-time series 39-24. The Ducks have won three of the last four meetings in the series, including the last two. UCLA captured the 2007 game played in the Rose Bowl by a score of 16-0. The last Bruin win in Eugene came during the 2004 season, a 34-26 decision. UCLA returns to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 30 to host Arizona.
WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were listed as players "To Watch" for the 2010 major national post-season awards: junior FS Rahim Moore -- Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Bronco Naguski Trophy (best defensive player), Bednarik Award (best defensive player) Thorpe Award (top defensive back); senior LB Akeem Ayers--Lott Trophy, Naguski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award (best linebacker), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior PK Kai Forbath-Groza Award (top place kicker); junior C Kai Maiava-Rimington Trophy (best center); sophomore LB Patrick Larimore-Nagurski Trophy; sophomore P Jeff Locke-Ray Guy Award (best punter).
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 45 of 47). 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.
He has made 49 of his last 54 overall attempts. He was 28 of 31 in 2009 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). 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 ranks 10th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 with his average of 125.0 yards per game. He has now rushed for over 100 yards five times in his career and has done it in each of the last three games. The last time a Bruin rushed for over 100 yards in three consecutive contests was Maurice Drew in 2004 (Illinois, Washington and San Diego State).
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 start; against Washington State, QB Richard Brehaut became the eighth player to make his first career start.
LAST GAME -- UCLA took the early lead, fell behind in the third quarter and then scored the final 22 points of the contest for a 42-28 victory over Washington State on October 2 at the Rose Bowl.
With sophomore quarterback Richard Brehaut making his first career start, the Bruins marched 80 yards on the opening possession to take a 7-0 lead on Johnathan Franklin's three-yard run. Brehaut completed five of six passes for 49 yards on the drive. The Bruins took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter on the first of Derrick Coleman's three touchdown runs, but WSU countered to make it 14-7. UCLA increased its lead to 20-7 with two Kai Forbath field goals only to see the Cougars close to within 20-14 by scoring a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the half.
Back-to-back touchdowns by WSU, the second set up by a Franklin fumble gave the Cougars a 28-20 lead. With 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Coleman capped a 67-yard drive with his one-yard run and Brehaut's two-point pass to Taylor Embree tied the game at 28-28.
Then game the turning point of the game. Early in the fourth quarter, WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel appeared to score from the one-yard line. The Cougars missed the kick but the officials were buzzed just before the snap for a replay review, which overturned the touchdown and placed the ball at the two-foot line for third down. The Cougars threw an incomplete pass on third down and Aaron Hester and Rahim Moore teammed up to stuff a run for no gain on fourth down to keep the game tied at 28-28.
Taking over on their own one-yard line, the Bruins drove 99 yards on seven plays to take the lead on Brehaut's one-yard run. The key play came on third-and-two from the nine-yard line when Coleman burst through the line and raced 73 yards, the longest run of his career, before being dragged down at the 18-yard line. Three straight runs for 17 yards by Franklin set up Brehaut's go-ahead touchdown.
WSU responded by driving 47 yards but the Bruins forced three straight incompletions and Andrew Furney missed a 45-yard field goal attempt. The Bruins then drove 72 yards on eight consecutive runs - four each by Franklin and Coleman - to make the score 42-28 with 3:04 remaining on Coleman's four-yard run.
The Cougars could get no closer than the Bruins 26-yard line. On third down, Akeem Ayers sacked Tuel and forced a fumble that he recovered with 1:00 remaining to clinch the win.
On the day, UCLA accounted for 565 yards, its highest total of the Rick Neuheisel Era and the most since the 2007 opener at Stanford. The 42 points were one shy of the UCLA high under Neuheisel (43 last year at WSU). The 437 rushing yards were the most by a Bruin team since Nov. 17, 1979, when the Bruins ran for 446 yards in a 35-0 win at Oregon.
Franklin led the ground attack with a career-high 216 yards, No. 13 on UCLA's all-time list and the highest total by a Bruin since Maurice Jones-Drew set the school record of 322 yards at Washington in 2004. He has now rushed for over 100 yards in three straight games, the longest streak since Jones-Drew did it three straight times in 2004.
Coleman rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns - both career highs. His 73-yard run in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by a Bruin since Franklin scored a 74-yard touchdown last year versus California.
The game also marked the first time in school history that two players rushed for over 180 yards in the same game.
In his first career start, Brehaut completed 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards, directed seven scoring drives - five touchdowns and two field goals - and scored the tie-breaking touchdown. The `Filthy Five' on the line allowed just one sack and led the way for UCLA to record its highest rushing total in 31 years.
Defensively, the Bruins held WSU to 73 net rushing yards and recorded five sacks. Although it allowed 384 yards and 28 points, it held the Cougars scoreless for the final 22 minutes and changed the game's momentum with the goal line stand early in the fourth quarter.
Tony Dye led the Bruins with seven tackles while Sean Westgate added six, including one sack. David Carter tied his career-high with five tackles and recorded a career-best 3.0 sacks and Aaron Hester added five tackles. Akeem Ayers, playing linebacker and end, had four tackles, including one sack, forced a fumble that he recovered to snuff out WSU's last drive and also broke up one pass.
* UCLA's three-game winning streak is the third of that length under head coach Rick Neuheisel. The last time UCLA won four straight games was in 2005, when it opened 8-0 en route to a 10-2 record.
* UCLA's 437 net yards rushing against Washington State was its highest total since it ran for 446 at Oregon in a 35-0 win on Nov. 17, 1979.
* UCLA has rushed for at least 250 yards in three straight games. The last time that happened was in 1993 against Stanford (259), San Diego State (269) and BYU (318).
* Dating back to 1990, UCLA is 34-1 when it rushes for at least 250 yards in a game and has won 18 in a row.
* UCLA rushed for five touchdowns in the win over Washington State. The last time the Bruins ran for five TDs was in 2004 at Washington.