Bruins Host Southern California
Dec. 1, 2008
GAME 12 - UCLA (4-7, 3-5 in Pac-10 play) will play host to No. 5 USC (10-1, 7-1) on Saturday, Dec. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m and 10 Lexus Gauntlet points will be at stake. The game will be televised nationally by ABC with Mike Patrick and Todd Blackledge calling the action and Holly Rowe on the sidelines. FSN Prime Ticket will air pre- and post-game shows from the Rose Bowl. The UCLA/ ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM is the Los Angeles flagship station will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook calling the action. The game also will be carried live on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 121). The game will also be broadcast nationally by ESPN Radio. In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruin website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
SENIOR SALUTE - The game on Saturday will mark the final home game for 20 Bruin seniors (16 active) --- RB Kahlil Bell, DL Tom Blake, LB Joshua Edwards, WR Marcus Everett, OL Scott Glicksberg, WR Ryan Graves, LB John Hale, DL Brigham Harwell, DB Bret Lockett, DB Chris Meadows, DL Chase Moline, DB Michael Norris, QB Ben Olson, P Aaron Perez, OL Micah Reed, DL Nathaniel Skaggs. Injured retired seniors include QB Patrick Cowan, OL Chris Johnson, DB Robert Kibble and DL Ken Lombard.
SERIES WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - The Bruins and the Trojans will meet for the 77th time in a series which dates back to 1929. The Trojans lead the series by a count of 42-28-1. The teams have split the last two contests in the series with each team winning on its home field. Since the start of the 1980s, UCLA leads the series 14-13-1. UCLA's eight-game winning streak (1991-98) is the longest by either school. USC won last year's meeting in the Coliseum by a score of 24-7. The Bruins earned a 13-9 win in the Rose Bowl in 2006. UCLA owns a record of 8-5 in games played in the Rose Bowl.
In last year's contest (Dec. 1, 2007) in the Coliseum, the Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead. UCLA closed to 17-7 on a Patrick Cowan to Dominique Johnson nine-yard pass play just before the end of the first half. USC added a fourth quarter tally to make the final score 24-7. Dennis Keyes led the Bruin defense with 19 tackles.
In the 2006 battle (Dec. 2) played in Rose Bowl, UCLA recorded a 13-9 win. The Bruin defense made several key plays throughout the contest and held USC scoreless in the second half of action, allowing just 55 rushing yards overall. UCLA got on the board first on a one-yard run by quarterback Patrick Cowan. After a Bruin penalty in its own end zone gave USC two points, the Trojans took the lead, at 9-7, on a short scoring run in the last minute of the first half. A 22-yard Justin Medlock field goal put the Bruins back in front, at 10-9, entering the fourth quarter. Medlock added a 31-yard field goal with 8:49 remaining for a 13-9 Bruin lead.Linebacker Eric McNeal deflected and then intercepted a Trojan pass deep in Bruin territory with 1:10 to play to help secure the win. The Bruins worked the clock down to the final seconds before punter Aaron Perez boomed a 63-yard kick which was downed on the Trojan 12-yard line. A desperation Trojan pass was knocked down by the Bruins as time expired. The game marked the first time since 2000 that USC had been held scoreless in a second half of play and halted an NCAA record 63-game streak of scoring at least 20 points in a game.
Coach Rick Neuheisel owns a 1-1 record against USC, with the two games coming while he was the head coach at the University of Washington.
LINEUPS AND STARTS
- Senior defensive tackle Brigham Harwell leads the team with 40 career starts. Linebacker Reggie Carter (31), tight end Logan Paulsen (26), cornerback Alterraun Verner (23) and wide receiver Marcus Everett (22) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts. Linebacker John Hale is the next closest to 20 with 18 starts.
- Junior cornerback Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak on the team with 20 straight. Senior tight end Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped against BYU when he sat out the game due to a broken foot. Senior center Micah Reed had a string of 10 straight snapped when he did not play versus Arizona (knee) and senior defensive end Tom Blake had a 10-game streak snapped when he did not play at Oregon (sports hernia). Sophomore defensive tackle Brian Price owns the next longest active streak (13).
FIELD POSITION AND TURNOVERS
- UCLA is 26-2 when it wins the turnover battle over the past five-plus seasons, including 5-0 (@Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, California, Oregon) in 2007 and 3-0 (WSU, Stanford, Washington) in 2008.
- It is 13-33 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last five-plus seasons, including 1-7 (beat Tennessee, lost to @BYU, Arizona, Fresno State, @Oregon, @Cal, Oregon State and @Arizona State) in 2008.
- Opponents have started 35 drives in UCLA territory this season (during regulation) and have totaled 116 points. Tennessee started one drive (U 26-yard line) in Bruin territory and it led to a UT punt. BYU began six drives (U 37, U 30, U 25, U 48, U 43, U 16-yard lines) in UCLA territory and came away with five touchdowns and a field goal for 38 points. Four of the BYU drives came after UCLA turnovers and a fifth came after a blocked field goal. The sixth came after UCLA turned the ball over on downs. Arizona started four drives (U48, U26, U42, U25) and scored two touchdowns for 14 points. Fresno State started one drive in UCLA territory and it resulted in a Bruin interception. Washington State started two drives in UCLA territory and neither resulted in points, one ending with a punt and one on downs. Oregon started three drives in Bruin territory and two resulted in 10 points (touchdown and field goal). Stanford started three drives in UCLA territory (U46, U29, U46) and they resulted in two touchdowns and one field goal. Cal started three drives in UCLA territory (U41, U40, U47) and scored one field goal. Oregon State started five drives in UCLA territory (U4, U21, U8, U35, U15) and scored three touchdowns. Washington started four drives in Bruin territory (U11, U44, U39, U40) and only scored one touchdown on an 11-yard drive. ASU had three possessions begin in UCLA territory (U37, U19, U43) and scored two field goals.
TAKING THE FOURTH
- UCLA has trailed entering the fourth quarter in nine of the 11 games played to date (led against Washington State and Washington)
- In six of the 11 contests, the Bruins have trailed by just one score entering the final quarter ... Twice, against Tennessee (10-14) and Stanford (13-14), the Bruins have rallied to win the game
- Scores entering the fourth quarter:Tennessee (10-14), BYU (0-59), Arizona (10-17), Fresno State (24-36), Washington State (21-3), Oregon (14-21), Stanford (13-14), California (13-17), Oregon State (6-17), Washington (17-7), ASU (9-17)
- UCLA has been outscored in the fourth quarter (overtime) in just four of the 11 games (Tennessee 17-10, BYU 0-0, Arizona 0-14, Fresno State 7-0, Washington State 7-0, Oregon 10-10, Stanford 10-6, Cal 7-24, Oregon State 0-17, Washington 10-0, ASU 0-17)
- UCLA has played a total of 22 freshmen this season, 11 true freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen and 11 have started at least one game. They have combined to make 53 starts (S Rahim Moore - 11; TE Cory Harkey - 6; WR Taylor Embree -8 ; OL Jeff Baca - 7; DL Datone Jones - 2; OL Mike Harris - 4; LB Steve Sloan - 9; LB Akeem Ayers - 3; OT/TE Nate Chandler - 2; S Tony Dye - 1; TB Derrick Coleman - 1). Eight started the Oregon State game, six started at Washington and five at Arizona State.
- UCLA has played a total of 11 true freshmen (seven offense, four defense) so far this season. The Bruins played seven freshmen in the 2008 season-opening game against Tennessee --- LB Sean Westgate; S Rahim Moore; TE Cory Harkey; WR Taylor Embree; S; Tony Dye; WR Antwan Moutra; WR Nelson Rosario. RB Aundre Dean made his debut versus BYU. TB Derrick Coleman, OT Jeff Baca and DE Datone Jones debuted versus Arizona.
- A school-record 17 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 1977. Thirteen played in 1975, 12 played in 1978, 1980 and 2004 and 10 played in 1979. In recent years, nine played in 2005, eight in 2006 and two in 2007).
- A total of 29 players (17 offensive and 12 defensive) have seen their first action as a Bruin during the 2008 season (11 true freshmen - seven offensive and four defensive players (LB Sean Westgate, S Rahim Moore, TE Cory Harkey, WR Taylor Embree, S Tony Dye, WR Antwan Moutra, WR Nelson Rosario, RB Aundre Dean, RB Derrick Coleman, OL Jeff Baca, DL Datone Jones); 11 redshirt freshmen - five defensive and six offensive players (DB Courtney Viney, LB Steve Sloan, LB Akeem Ayers, DB Glenn Love, OL/TE Nate Chandler, RB Raymond Carter, DL Justin Edison, WR Ryal Jagd, QB Chris Forcier, TE Glenn Rauscher, OT Mike Harris), six redshirt sophomores - three offensive and three defensive players (OL Brandon Bennett, LB Mike Schmitt, DL Reginald Stokes, OL Sonny Tevaga, OL Jake Dean, DB Garrett Rubio), one redshirt junior (QB Kevin Craft).
- In addition to the seven true freshmen listed above, 10 other Bruins saw their first action in the 2008 season-opening win against Tennessee --- redshirt sophomore OL Brandon Bennett; redshirt sophomore LB Mike Schmitt; redshirt sophomore DL Reginald Stokes; redshirt sophomore OL Sonny Tevaga; redshirt freshman DB Courtney Viney; redshirt freshman LB Steve Sloan; redshirt freshman LB Akeem Ayers; redshirt freshman OL Nate Chandler; redshirt freshman RB Raymond Carter; redshirt freshman DB Glenn Love. At Brigham Young, true freshman RB Aundre Dean, redshirt sophomore C Jake Dean, redshirt freshman DL Justin Edison and redshirt sophomore S Garrett Rubio made their Bruin debuts. Against Arizona, true freshman TB Derrick Coleman, true freshman OT Jeff Baca and true freshman DE Datone Jones played for the first time. Redshirt freshman WR Ryal Jagd played on special teams versus Fresno State. Against Washington State, redshirt freshman QB Chris Forcier and redshirt freshman TE Glenn Rauscher made their debuts on offense. Redshirt sophomore FB Tobi Umodu (he played on special teams last season) and redshirt junior OG Jess Ward (he played DT last year) made their offensive debuts versus the Cougars. Redshirt freshman OT Mike Harris made his debut at California.
- Twenty players (13 on offense and seven on defense) have made their first starts this season. Six players made their first position starts --- S Aaron Ware; S Rahim Moore; OG Sonny Tevaga; OT Nick Ekbatani; QB Kevin Craft; WR Terrence Austin - versus Tennessee. At BYU, OG Darius Savage, TE Cory Harkey and LB Akeem Ayers made their first starts. Versus Arizona, WR Taylor Embree, C Jake Dean and LB Steve Sloan made their first starts. Against Fresno State, TE Nate Chandler and OT Jeff Baca made their first starts. DE Reginald Stokes made his first start at Oregon. TE Jeff Miller made his first start versus Stanford. OT Mike Harris and DE Datone Jones made their first starts at California. S Tony Dye made his first start versus Oregon State in the nickel package. TB Derrick Coleman made his starting debut at Washington.
TEAM NOTES -
- UCLA's defense has allowed opponent offenses to convert just 24 of the last 90 (26.7%) third down conversion attempts in the last seven games.
- Washington's 39 yards passing are the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air.
- In a three-game span (Oregon, Stanford, California) UCLA allowed just 246 passing yards (21 completions in 54 attempts), including two games under 100 yards.
- UCLA has held three opponents (Oregon 42, Stanford 51, Washington 39) under 100 yards passing in 2008.
- Arizona State's 122 yards total offense was UCLA's best defensive effort since holding Arkansas to 42 net yards in the 1989 Cotton Bowl.
- Arizona State's 21 net yards rushing was the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since UCLA held Arizona to minus-13 yards rushing in 2006.
- UCLA's 234 rushing yards against Fresno State was its highest total since running for 333 yards against Washington last season (game four).
- Over the last six seasons, UCLA is 21-2 when it scores at least 30 points in a game and 12-1 when it scores 40 or more (11 in a row).
- Over the last six seasons, the Bruins are 22-3 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, and had a 16-game winning streak snapped when they lost the Las Vegas Bowl, 17-16.
- Has held 16 opponents over the last three seasons to less than 100 yards of rushing offense.
- Held six opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground in the 2007 season (52-Stanford, 44-BYU, 46-Notre Dame, 67-Cal, 43-Oregon, 34-BYU/bowl).
- In 13 games in 2007, opponents converted 62 of 214 (29.0%) third down opportunities and UCLA ranked third in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in that category.
- UCLA held its opponents to 1,419 net rushing yards on 472 attempts (3.0 average) and ranked 25th in the nation (109.15) in rushing defense in 2007.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
- The Bruins have captured wins in 19 of the last 25 games (.760) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
- Over the last six seasons, UCLA's home record is 27-10 (.730).
- UCLA has won 17 of its last 21 (.810) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2008: L Fresno State / W Tennessee; 2007: L Notre Dame / W BYU; 2006: W Rice / W Utah; 2005: W Oklahoma / W Rice; 2004: W San Diego State / L Okla. State; 2003: W San Diego State / W Illinois; 2002: L Colorado / W Colorado State; 2001: W Ohio State; 2000: W Michigan, W Fresno State, W Alabama; 1999: W Fresno State / W Boise State; 1998: W Texas).
- UCLA's 10-game home winning streak in 2005-06 was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
- UCLA has won six of its last eight home games played against AP ranked opponents with wins over Tennessee (2008-18th), Oregon (2007-9th), Cal (twice, 2005-10th, 2007-10th), USC (2006-2nd) and Oklahoma (2005-21st) and the losses to ASU (2007-9th) and Fresno State 2008-25th).
- UCLA has defeated three of the last five Top 10-ranked opponents it has faced.
- Won against Oregon (No. 9 AP, No. 10 USA Today/ESPN) on Nov. 24, 2007
- Beat California (No. 10 AP, T-No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on October 20, 2007
- Defeated No. 2 USC on December 2, 2006.
- Lost to Arizona State (No. 9), 24-20, on Nov. 10, 2007
- Lost to USC (No. 8 AP, No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 1, 2007.
- UCLA's last road victory over a ranked team (AP) came on Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7).
- The Bruins had qualified to play in a bowl game in 10 of the last 11 seasons (not in 1999) entering the 2008 season. UCLA played in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2007 which marked its sixth straight bowl appearance (only USC among the Pac-10 schools has a streak as long).
- UCLA is 7-1 all-time in overtime, including a 27-24 win over Tennessee in the 2008 season opener.
LETTERWINNERS LOST FROM 2007 (29, including Patrick Cowan)
- 11 offensive players who combined to start a total of 86 games, including 49 on the offensive line (Chris Joseph-13, Brian Abraham-12, Shannon Tevaga-10, Aleksey Lanis-6, Noah Sutherland-6, P.J. Irvin-2) have been lost.
- Nine defensive players who combined to start 91 games, including five players who started all 13 games last season (DT Kevin Brown, CB Trey Brown, DE Bruce Davis, S Chris Horton, S Dennis Keyes) have been lost.
ROSE BOWL CROWDS
- In 2007, the Bruins drew at least 70,000 for each game of its home schedule, the first time since UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl. The average of 76, 378 was a new record, breaking the old mark of 73,709, set in 1998. That average is also the sixth-highest in Pac-10 history.
- UCLA has drawn at least 70,000 fans in nine of its last 13 games and has drawn at least 60,000 fans in 14 consecutive home contests.
- The crowd of 83,484 for the 2007 California game was UCLA's largest for a non-USC game since Nov. 12, 2005, when it drew 84,983 for Arizona State.
Rick Neuheisel - HEAD COACH
- Only third UCLA coach since 1945 to win his debut (Red Sanders and Terry Donahue were the others).
- Entered 2008 season with a head coaching record of 27-7 against the opponents on the UCLA schedule.
- Neuheisel is 29-11 as a head coach against Pac-10 teams, other than UCLA.
- (Neuheisel vs. opponents entering the 2008 season: Ariz. 4-0, ASU 2-2, BYU 0-1, Cal 3-1, Fresno St. 1-0, Ore. 4-1, Ore. St. 3-1, Stan. 3-0, SC 1-1, Tenn. 0-0, Wash. 1-0, Wash. State 5-0).
- Neuheisel's teams have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win on 19 occasions, including twice at UCLA (Tennessee, Stanford).
- Tennessee was Neuheisel's first-ever head coaching match up versus a Southeastern Conference team.
- Neuheisel owns a 2-1 record in overtime games (1-0 at UCLA).
DeWayne Walker - DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
- Walker and his staff have had the Bruin defensive unit ranked among the nation's best in each of his first two seasons.
- In 2007, UCLA ranked 14th in rushing defense (109.2 yds./g) and 29th in total defense (343.23).
- The Bruins also ranked second in tackles for loss per game (8.7), third in third-down conversion defense (29.1%), tied for 15th in sacks per game (3.0) and tied for 17th in fumbles caused (14).
- In 2006, the Bruins ranked tied for ninth in the nation in rushing defense (91.08) and ranked fifth in third-down conversion defense (28.4%).
Norm Chow - OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
- Has worked with several of the NCAA's all-time career pass efficiency leaders and been a part of three national championship staffs.
- Has mentored six quarterbacks selected in the first-round of the NFL draft (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Philip Rivers, Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson).
- Nov. 28 - UCLA 9, Arizona State 34
In one of the stranger games in recent memory, neither team's offense scored a touchdown but Arizona State's defense scored four times en route to a 34-9 victory at Tempe.
UCLA scored on a 53-yard Kai Forbath field goal on its opening drive and led 3-0 after one quarter. In the second period, ASU got on the board on a strange play. Kevin Craft was hit while attempting to pass. The ball went forward and Derrick Coleman picked it up and had it knocked away by the Sun Devils, who returned it for a touchdown. On review, the play was confirmed as a fumble, not an incomplete pass. Midway through the quarter, a Craft pass was returned 38 yards for a score. Kai Forbath's second field goal at the gun made the score 17-6 at the half.
Trailing 17-9 entering the fourth quarter, the Bruins drove from their own 13-yard line to the ASU six-yard line. Craft's pass attempt to Terrence Austin in the far left side of the end zone was intercepted and returned 100 yards for a score. On the Bruins' next possession, ASU returned another interception 45 yards for a touchdown to make the score 31-9.
Defensively, UCLA held Arizona State to two field goals on drives of five and 23 yards. The Bruins held the Sun Devils to 122 net yards, the lowest by a Bruin opponent since Arkansas gained just 42 yards in the 1989 Cotton Bowl. ASU had just 101 yards in the air and 21 on the ground. Mike Norris led the defense with six tackles, one interception and three pass break ups. Alterraun Verner (one tackle for loss and three pass break ups) and Korey Bosworth (two sacks) had five tackles each while Brian Price (one stop for loss), Reggie Carter, Sean Westgate, Brigham Harwell and Rahim Moore (one pass break up) made four tackles each.
Offensively, Kevin Craft completed 24 of 39 passes for 204 yards but also threw the three interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Marcus Everett set a career high with eight receptions and Terrence Austin tied his career best with eight catches. Austin also had 188 all-purpose yards. Derrick Coleman led all rushers with 43 yards on three attempts.
Kai Forbath made all three field goal attempts, running his streak to 13 straight. His 53-yard kick on the opening drive was the second-longest of his career and his sixth of at least 50 yards in his career, tying a school record. Aaron Perez averaged 43.9 yards on eight kicks and broke the UCLA career punting yardage record.
- In the last eight seasons (2000-2007), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans
- 2000 WR Freddie Mitchell
- 2001 LB Robert Thomas
- 2003 DE Dave Ball
- 2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew
- 2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock.
- Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California.
- UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 16 years (1992-2007), just three fewer than USC and seven more than No. 3 Arizona.
- Chris Joseph (2004-07), a four-year letterman and three-year starter on the offensive line, earned a Rhodes Scholarship on Nov. 22, 2008. He is one of just 32 recipients in the United States.
- Alterraun Verner AND Chris Joseph were chosen to the first-team 2007 All-Academic District VIII team. It was the third straight season in which Joseph was named to the District team.
- TE Logan Paulsen was a 2008 semifinalist for the Draddy Award, presented by the National Football Foundation for all-around excellence and academic achievement.
- Nine Bruins were selected to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic team.
- Chris Joseph (first-team)
- Alterraun Verner (first-team)
- Aleksey Lanis (second-team)
- Aaron Perez (second-team)
- Jimmy Rotstein (second-team)
- Trevor Theriot (second-team)
- Kai Forbath (honorable mention)
- Logan Paulsen (honorable mention)
- Noah Sutherland (honorable mention)
- The UCLA football program has produced 17 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 16 first-team Academic All-Americans (27 overall), eight National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, two Rhodes Scholars and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.