UCLA Hosts Washington State on Saturday
Oct. 3, 2011
Head football coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media on Monday to preview this week's Washington State football game.
To see his comments, click here
UCLA (2-3, 1-1) returns home to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 8 and will play host to Washington State (3-1, 1-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and the contest will be televised by Fox Sports Net (Prime Ticket in the Southern California area) with Joel Meyers and Brian Baldinger in the booth along with Jim Knox on the sideline. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest. The game will also be broadcast nationally on SIRIUS XM (Ch. 85).
UCLA leads Washington State 38-18-1 in a series which dates back to 1928. The Bruins own an 8-5 advantage in games played in the Rose Bowl, but WSU has won three (2006, 2004, 2002) of the last five contests held in Pasadena. UCLA has won the last three games played in the series, but WSU owns a 6-4 edge over the last 10 meetings.
In last year's matchup, the teams were tied at 28 heading into the final quarter of play in the Rose Bowl. Richard Brehaut, who started the game, ran it in from one-yard out to put the Bruins ahead to stay with 10:08 remaining on the clock. Derrick Coleman, who totaled 185 yards rushing for the day, registerd his third touchdown of the fray on a four-yard run to make the final score 42-28. Johnathan Franklin also had a big game with a career-best 216 yards rushing, his third straight 100-yard plus effort of the 2010 season. The Bruin total of 437 rushing yards was the most by the team since 1979.
One of the most exciting games in the series took place in 2005 at Washington State. WSU opened up the game with three touchdown drives on their first four possessions and held a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. A 21-yard pass from Drew Olson to Gavin Ketchum put the Bruins on the board. The Cougars answered to go up 28-7, but a four-yard scoring pass to Marcesdes Lewis just before the halftime break sliced the WSU advantage to 28-14. UCLA opened up the second half with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Olson to Maurice Drew to make it 28-21, but WSU came right back and took a 38-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter. A nine-yard scoring reception by Lewis and a field goal by Justin Medlock made it 38-31 with just under 10 minutes remaining.With a little under five minutes to play, the Bruin defense forced a punt. UCLA then drove 96 yards and tied the game on an Olson pass to Marcus Everett with 44 seconds to play and the game went into overtime. WSU settled for a field goal on its first extra possession. Three Drew runs later the Bruins were in the end zone with a victory. The teams combined to rack up over 1,000 yards of total offense in the battle as Olson passed for 338 yards and five scores (tying the school record at the time).
NOTES -- ***UCLA is ranked 29th nationally in rushing offense (199.40); WSU is ranked fourth in the nation in pass offense (379.00)/ ninth in total offense (518.50) / 10th in scoring offense (44.50)
***UCLA is ranked tied for 16th in the nation in sacks allowed (four, 0.80)
***Wide receiver Nelson Rosario has the team lead with 23 catches; he joined the top 20 lists all-time at UCLA in both receptions (t15th) and receiving yards (15th) in the game at Stanford.
***Linebacker Patrick Larimore (38) leads the team in tackles and racked up a team-best 11 stops at Stanford
***Running back Johnathan Franklin totaled 96 yards on 12 carries against a Stanford defense which had been leading the nation with a 36 yard per game average; Franklin has risen to 14th on the all-time school rushing list (2,092) and became the 15th Bruin to go over 2,000 yards rushing for a career in the game at Stanford
***Quarterback Richard Brehaut became the 20th Bruin passer to exceed the 2,000-yard career mark (2,097) after throwing for 202 at Stanford; he has rushed for 158 yards this season after netting 61 a year ago.
*** Senior Taylor Embree has 126 career catches which rank tied for 8th on UCLA's all-time school list (Marcedes Lewis). Embree is 13th on the receiving yards list at 1,661 (Jojo Townsell No. 12 - 1,773).
***The 272 yards rushing against San Jose marked the sixth time in the last two seasons the Bruins have gone over the 200-yard mark on the ground (2011- at Houston 232, San Jose State 272; last year v. Houston-266, at Texas-264, v. Wash. St.-437, v. Oregon State-210.
***The Bruins have had at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last 11 games.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Former Bruin wide receiver (1973-74-75) and assistant coach (1982-86; 1994-95) Norm Andersen will serve as the honorary captain at the Washington State game. Anderson was a three-year letterman for coaches Pepper Rodgers and Dick Vermeil in the mid-1970s, catching 61 passes for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns in his three seasons.
Norm capped off his Bruin playing career when his 1975 team avenged an early season loss to Ohio State with a Rose Bowl win over the No.1-ranked Buckeyes. Andersen caught three balls for 39 yards in the New Year's Day classic. In the final regular season clash, the Bruins had used a 25-22 win over USC to earn their way to Pasadena. The win over OSU left UCLA with the No. 5 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Andersen had led the Bruins in receiving in the 1974 and 1973 seasons. He caught 27 balls in 1974 for 480 yards and three scores. Norm led the team with 19 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns in his sophomore season.
He served two terms as an assistant coach on Terry Donahue's staffs. From 1982-86, he worked with such Bruin running backs as Danny Andrews, Kevin Nelson and the school's all-time leading rusher Gaston Green. The Bruins captured the Pac-10 Conference championship and played in the Rose Bowl following the 1982, 1983 and 1985 seasons defeating highly-ranked teams from Michigan, Illinois and Iowa in Pasadena. In 1994 and 1995, he tutored wide receiver Kevin Jordan who caught 116 balls for 1,786 yards and 10 touchdowns during that period and still ranks second on the all-time school receptions list and third on the receiving yards list.
Anderson, who also coached at Arizona and Iowa State, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in History in 1976 and a secondary credential from the UCLA School of Education in 1978. He currently teaches AP History and U.S. History at Fillmore High School. Anderson has also served as the football coach and athletic director at Fillmore and currently coaches football at Viewpoint Middle School.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL -- Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $12.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins three hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game. The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
I'M GOING TO COLLEGE -- This Saturday's game features another edition of I'm Going to College. UCLA's I'm Going to College program has touched the lives of thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students across Southern California. This unique program, offered to Southern California school groups, couples the excitement and tradition of UCLA Athletic events with a message about the importance of higher education.
Upon arrival at the event (2-3 hours before the game), groups are greeted by a current UCLA student and led to the IGTC college fair area. Students are immediately immersed in Bruin traditions, as they learn the UCLA Eight Clap and the importance of higher education. While at the college fair, students speak with academic counselors and pick up educational information about questions they may have regarding education and preparing for college. Other fun fair activities include carnival games, activity books, a DJ, give-away items, and removable tattoos.
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 sponsors Bar One Catering and Techmer PM. 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 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 IMG 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. --Jumbo Screen Televisions,Food Vendors,Mattel Children's Hospital Kids Zone, UCLA Store, Interactive Entertainment & Activities, VIP Hospitality, 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 hours prior to kick-off and admission is FREE! 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 beverage 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 Fan Zone link under `Essentials.'.
UCLA FOOD ZONE REFRESHMENTS -- The Fan Zone also includes the Food Zone, which includes the following restaurants on a season basis: American Pretzel, Carl's Jr., Teri & Yaki, Mar-Ley Drinks, Now You're Poppin', Robin's Wood Fire BBQ and Bristol Farms, California Pizza Kitchen and Nice Ice Baby!
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