Oct. 31, 2011
UCLA Game Notes
Coach Neuheisel Weekly Press Conference
UCLA VS. ASU
UCLA (4-4, 3-2) welcomes 20th(AP)/18th(USA Today Coaches)-ranked Arizona State (6-2, 4-1) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 5. The game will be televised nationally by Versus with kickoff set for 4:37 p.m. PT. Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila will form the announce team. 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. 139).
UCLA leads Arizona State 16-10-1 in a series which dates back to 1976. The Bruins have a 8-5-1 edge in games played in the Rose Bowl, where UCLA has won four of the last five meetings with ASU. The Sun Devils bested the Bruins 55-34 last season in the Valley of th Sun, while the Bruins captured the last game played in Pasadena (2009) by a score of 24-13.
In last year's contest, UCLA started strong, jumping out to a 17-0 lead, only to the see the Sun Devils surge back into a 21-20 lead at the half and go on to a 55-34 win. Quarterback Richard Brehaut ran for the first Bruin score of the day and then hit Randall Carroll on a 46-yard scoring pass, following a field goal, for the 17-0 lead. ASU then ran off the next 21 points in the contest and a Bruin field goal just before the halftime whistle narrowed Arizona State's lead to 21-20. ASU scored the first 10 points of the second half and after Brehaut hit Nelson Rosario on a 21-yard scoring play, UCLA trailed 31-27 with 1:25 left in the third quarter. However, ASU ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and the Bruins never were able to close the gap. Brehaut finished with a record-setting day, completing a school-best 33 passes on a school-record 56 attempts for his personal best of 321 yards.
In the last meeting in the Rose Bowl on November 21, 2009, the Bruins became bowl eligible with a 23-13 win. Cornerback Alterraun Verner (now with Tennessee Titans) started off the game on a high note for the Bruins with a 68-yard return of an interception for a touchdown. After ASU tied it up on a scoring pass, the Bruins used two field goals sandwiched around a nine-yard return of a Sun Devil fumble for a touchdown by Akeem Ayers (now with Tennessee Titans) to take a 20-7 halftime lead. Neither team scored in the third quarter and Kai Forbath's short field goal made it 23-7 with 13:42 to play. ASU scored on a long touchdown pass play to make it 23-13 with 11:47 left to end the scoring. Quarterback Kevin Prince threw for 161 yards in the game. Nelson Rosario caught five balls for 74 yards.
*UCLA's 52 rushing attempts vs. Cal tied for the most by a Pac-12 team in a game this season
*The four Bruin interceptions against Cal tied Arizona State (v. Oregon St.) for the best performance of the season in conf. play
*Kevin Prince's 163 yards rushing was the 10th highest mark by a Pac-12 player this season
*Derrick Coleman's three touchdowns against Cal upped his season total to nine which is the most by a Bruin since Maurice Jones-Drew totaled 20 in 2005
*Datone Jones tied his career high with six tackles against Cal and set a new personal best with his two sacks in that contest -- Jones now leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks
*The Bruins have allowed 1.00 sacks per game this season to rank 14th in the nation.
*Wide receiver Nelson Rosario, who was added to the Biletnikoff Watch List at mid-season, ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (76.75). He has the team lead with 35 catches; and is rising up the all-time lists at UCLA in both receptions (12th) and receiving yards (12th) (see chart in bio for more details).
*Linebacker Patrick Larimore (49) tops the team in tackles and ranks T16th in the Pac-12 (6.1/g).
*Running back Johnathan Franklin has risen to 12th on the all-time school rushing list and become the 15th Bruin to go over 2,000 yards rushing for a career (at Stanford).
*Kevin Prince moved over the 3,000-yard career mark in passing yardage in the Cal game
*Senior offensive tackle Mike Harris leads the team with 36 career starts.
*Redshirt junior defensive tackle Donovan Carter leads the Bruin linemen with 23 tackles this season.
*The Bruins will be without defensive lineman Cassius Marsh for the ASU game due to suspension by the Pac-12 Conference Office for his actions in the Thursday contest at Arizona.
*Tight end Joseph Fauria, added to the Mackey Award Watch List at mid-season, caught his third and fourth touchdown passes of the year at Stanford, the most by a Bruin tight end since Marcedes Lewis had 10 scoring grabs in the 2005 season.
*The 294 yards rushing against Cal marked the seventh 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, Cal 294; last year v. Houston-266, at Texas-264, v. Wash. St.-437, v. Oregon State-210.
Former UCLA running back/fullback James Primus is this week's honorary game captain. Primus proved to be one of UCLA's most versatile players by the end of his four-year career. Overall, he rushed for more than 1,300 yards and scored 13 touchdowns playing behind Bruin greats Gaston Green and Mel Farr, Jr. He saw action in four bowl victories, including the 1986 Rose Bowl. His best season was 1986 when he rushed for 459 yards and scored eight touchdowns. Considered a fine blocker as well as a solid runner, Primus stepped in for the injured Farr at fullback in 1987, helped lead the Bruins to a 10-2 record and an Aloha Bowl victory. In addition, he also returned kickoffs and averaged 20 yards per return as a senior. Primus shared the 1987 Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
NEW HALL OF FAME CLASS TO BE HONORED
Eight outstanding Bruins who have excelled as student-athletes or coaches will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night and then honored on the field at halftime of Saturday's football game against Arizona State.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2011 brings the total membership to 247. The 2011 inductees are Gary Adams, baseball (athlete 1959-62/ coach 1975-2004); Ato Boldon, track & field (1995-96); Theotis Brown, football (1976-78); Ernie Case, football (1940-41, 45-46); Larry Nagler, tennis (1959-62); Mel North, fencing (coach 1960-74, 80-82; Alex Rousseau, water polo (1985-89); and Janeene Vickers-McKinney, track & field (1988-91).
Derrick Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and quarteback Kevin Prince ran for 163 yards to help the Bruins deal Cal a 31-14 setback on Homecoming. UCLA scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 17-7 lead at the break. After the Golden Bears closed the gap to 17-14, UCLA turned two Tevin McDonald interceptions into Coleman touchdowns to seal up the win. Datone Jones had a career-best tying six tackles and new personal best 2.0 sacks in the game. McDonald tied the school record with three interceptions in all as UCLA forced a total of five Cal turnovers. Prince became the first Bruin signal caller to rush for at least 100 yards in a game since Jeff Dankworth in 1976. It was the most rushing yards for a quarterback since John Sciarra totaled 178 in 1974.