UCLA Faces No. 1 Oregon in Eugene
Oct. 17, 2010
UCLA HEADS NORTH TO EUGENE
GAME 7 -- UCLA (3-3, 1-2) return to the road to take on No. 1-ranked Oregon (6-0, 3-0) on Thursday night Oct. 21 in a Pacific-10 Conference game. Game time is 6:00 p.m. and it will be televised nationally by ESPN with Rece Davis, Craig James and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Jenn Brown 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). In addition, ESPN 3D makes its first trip to the west coast when it televises the contest with Dave Lamont and Tim Brown in the booth and Ray Bentley on the sidelines. This will also mark the first Thursday night college football telecast for the new network. UCLA will return home on Oct. 30 to host nationally-ranked Arizona.
THE SERIES WITH OREGON -- UCLA owns a 39-24 edge in the series record with the Ducks. The Bruins have dropped the last two contests played, including a 24-10 decision a season ago in the Rose Bowl. UCLA's last win in the series was a 16-0 victory over the No. 9 Ducks at the Rose Bowl in 2007. Oregon bested the Bruins 31-24 the 2008 game in Eugene and has won the last two meetings played in the Northwest. UCLA's last win in Autzen Stadium came in a 34-26 victory in 2004. The teams did not play in the 2005 season. Rick Neuheisel is 4-3 overall vs. Oregon and 0-2 while at UCLA.
LOOKING AHEAD -- UCLA will welcome No. 15/18 Arizona to the Rose Bowl on Oct. 30. Kickoff time has been set for 12:30 pm on FSN. The Bruins lead the all-time series 19-13-2. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings in the series, including the 2008 contest (31-10) which was played in Pasadena. UA captured the 2009 game played in Tucson by a score of 27-13. The last Bruin win came during the 2006 campaign, a 27-7 decision in the Rose Bowl. UCLA will return to the Rose Bowl on Nov. 6 to host Oregon State.
NEW JERSEYS -- The new UCLA TECHFIT jersey from adidas will make its debut on Thursday night at Oregon. It is a complete reconstruction of the standard uniform with multiple innovations to reduce the weight of the jersey by 30 percent. These technologies include a streamlined fit, new fabric, reduced seams and an ultra lightweight name and numbering system. In addition, the UCLA TECHFIT jersey keeps players cool with integrated ventilation zones and moisture management fabric. Reduced seams and a restriction-free, high-stretch collar design increases range of motion to support player agility and speed.
MID-WEEK GAMES -- This season, the Bruins will play three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon, Nov. 18 at Washington and Nov. 26 at Arizona State. The last time the Bruins played a regular-season non-Saturday game was Friday, Nov. 28 at Arizona State, dropping a 34-9 decision. The Bruins also played a Monday night game that year, defeating Tennessee, 27-24 in overtime on Labor Day night (Aug. 30). Prior to 2008, UCLA had not played on a week night since Thurs., Sept. 30, 1993, a 52-13 victory at San Diego State. The Bruins also played at San Diego State on Thurs., Sept. 26, 1991 (won, 37-12).
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).
A LOOK AT THE 2010 SCHEDULE -- UCLA has lined up against ranked teams in two of its first three contests 11 previous times since the 1990 season (`08/'03/'01/'00/'97/'96/'95/'94/'93/'91/'90). It has played ranked opponents in three of its first four contests of a season on four previous occasions (`08, `01, `94,'91) dating back to 1990. The last time the Bruins played as many as five ranked opponents (at the time of the game) during the regular season was in the 2003 season (5--24 Colorado, 1 Oklahoma, 18 Washington,12 Washington State, 2 USC); it met seven ranked opponents (25 Alabama, 21 Ohio State, 19 Oregon State, 10 Washington, 20 Stanford, 16 Washington State, 7 Oregon) during the 2001 slate.
VERSUS #1 -- UCLA owns a record of 4-10 when playing the No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll. The last time the Bruins beat No. 1 was on Jan. 1, 1976 when they defeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Since that time, UCLA has lost six in a row to No 1 - Nebraska in 1983 and 1984, Oklahoma in 1986 and 2003 and USC in 2004 and 2005. This is the first time UCLA is facing a Pac-10 team other than USC that is ranked No. 1.
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 earlier this season 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.
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 15th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 with his average of 113.17 yards per game. He has rushed for over 100 yards five times in his career and had a streak of three straight games earlier this season (158-Houston/118 Texas/ 216 Washington State), the first time a Bruin had done it since Maurice Drew in 2004 (Illinois, Washington and San Diego State).
FIRST ACTION -- Here is the breakdown of the 20 players who have made their UCLA debuts in the first six 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
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. QB Richard Brehaut became the eighth player to make his first career start vs. Washington State. At Cal, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa became the ninth player to make the first start of his Bruin career.
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