Bruins Host No. 13 Ducks In Pac-10 Home Opener
Oct. 5, 2009
GAME 5 -- UCLA (3-1, 0-1) will welcome No. 13 AP/17 ESPN-USA Today Oregon (4-1, 2-0) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday to begin its Pac-10 Conference home schedule. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. on ABC with Terry Gannon and David Norrie calling the action. The UCLA /ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook mikeside. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 121 on Sirius, 103 on XM). In addition, ISP produces a Spanish-language broadcast of all UCLA home games which can be heard on the Bruins website at uclabruins.com with Armando Aguayo and Mario Amaya.
SERIES WITH OREGON -- UCLA owns a 39-23 advatage in the series with Oregon which dates back to 1928. The Bruins lead the series 22-12 in games played in Los Angeles and the teams have split the 12 games contested in the Rose Bowl. The teams have also split the last four meetings, with each winning on its home field. Oregon captured last season's battle in Eugene by a score of 31-24. UCLA shut out Oregon 16-0 in the 2007 meeting in Pasadena. Coach Neuheisel is 4-2 overall, 0-1 while head coach at UCLA, against the Ducks.
Last season, the Ducks handed the Bruins a 31-24 setback in their first Pac-10 road contest of the season. Oregon scored first and tacked on seven more points to close out the first half up 14-0. UCLA began the third quarter with a touchdown drive, capped off by then-freshman running back Derrick Coleman's first career score. Oregon answered back and took a 21-7 lead with 6:11 remaining in the quarter. Kahlil Bell's two-yard run pulled the Bruins back to within 21-14 at the close of the third quarter. After the teams traded field goals, the Ducks led 24-17 wth just under three minutes to play. A 69-yard scoring run pushed the home team into a 31-17 lead with 2:22 to play. Quarterback Kevin Craft found tight end Jeff Miller on a short scoring pass with just under a minute remaining to close out the scoring. Oregon totaled 323 yards on the ground in the game, 170 coming from quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The Ducks had just 42 passing yards. Craft was good for 288 yards passing, a career-best total, while connecting on 27 of 43 attempts, with one interception, one touchdown. The Bruins totaled 63 yards on the ground.
In the last meeting played in the Rose Bowl (Nov. 24, 2007), UCLA shut out the Ducks 16-0. The UCLA defense held the Oregon offense to 148 total yards (43 rushing) as the Ducks played without injured starting quarterback Dennis Dixon and utilized three other signalcallers during the contest. Kai Forbath connected on a field goal in each of the first three quarters and Craig Sheppard ran in from 20 yards out in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring. Linebacker Christian Taylor led UCLA with 13 tackles.
HONORARY CAPTAIN -- Bob Geddes played under coach Tommy Prothro on the defensive line for the 1968 and 1969 teams at UCLA. An ex-Marine, he transferred to UCLA in March of 1968 after starring at Riverside City College in football and track. In 1968, he started two games at defensive tackle and saw action in 164 minutes. He moved to end in 1969 on a defensive unit which recorded three shutouts and held eight of its nine opponents that season to 14 points or less while posting an 8-1-1 record. Against Oregon that season, Geddes recorded a 10-tackle performance. The following week against USC, he made 12 tackles and recovered a fumble. After earning his degree in 1970, Geddes played professional football for the Rams, Broncos and Patriots. Following his pro football career, he became a marketing and advertising executive.
HALL OF FAME PLUS EIGHT -- Eight new members will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in ceremonies to be held on Friday, Oct. 9. The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Oregon football game. The 2009 group includes Tyus Edney, basketball 1992-95; James 'Cap' Haralson (track, football, basketball, baseball 1920's); Cade McNown, football 1995-98; Stein Metzger, volleyball 1993-96; Nicolle Payne, water polo 1994-98; J.J. Stokes, football 1991-94; Daiva Tomkus, women's volleyball 1986-89; Walt Torrence, basketball 1957-59.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins are on the list of players 'To Watch' for the major post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player), Ronnie Lott Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back); senior LB Reggie Carter--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi; senior DE Korey Bosworth-- Rotary Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end); senior LB Kyle Bosworth--Rotary Lombardi; senior TE Ryan Moya--John Mackey Award (nation's top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (nation's top place kicker).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks T-third in kickoff returns (54), fourth in punt returns (71), 17th in all-purpose yards (3,054) and T-22nd in receptions (84).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on his last 23 field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in over the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been perfect on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 straight from that range last season and has sent his first 11 kicks of this season (miss from 51) through the uprights.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off five passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee) in the first four games of the season. The last Bruin to make more interceptions in a season is Larry Atkins, who had six in 1997. Moore now has eight in 16 career games. He leads the nation with his five interceptions and 1.25 average and is second in the country in passes defensed (2.25).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior tight end Ryan Moya has 67 career catches which rank fifth (tied)-most ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 19 tackles for loss in his last 13 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford. He has 7.0 in four games in 2009 to rank second in the Pac-10 and 15th (tied) in the NCAA.
SECOND-HALF DEFENSE -- Opponents have totaled 25 second-half drives in the first four games of the season and have come away with just four scores (Tennessee-FG, K-State-TD, Stanford-TD, FG) for a total of 19 points. 10 of the 25 drives have resulted in a three-and-out for the opponent offense (one was at the end of the game on three kneel-downs). Four other drives have been terminated by a Bruin interception. Seventeen of the 25 drives have taken 2:08 or less off the clock. Fifteen of the 25 drives have been for less than 10 yards.
IN THE SECOND PLACE -- The Bruin opponents have totaled 457 yards of offense in 134 second-half plays through the first four games (3.41/play avg.). In the first half of action, the Bruin opponents have averaged 4.95/play on 668 yards in 135 plays.
FIRST AND 10 -- In the first four games of the season, the Bruins have scored on their initial offensive drive of the contest (SDSU - 9 pl, 49 yd, 4:45 - FG; TENN - 10 pl 51 yd, 4:16 - FG; K ST - 11 pl, 64 yd, 5:08 - TD; STAN - 9 pl, 45 yd, 2:59 - FG). San Diego State (TD) and Tennessee (FG) each scored against the Bruins on their first offensive possessions. Kansas State commited a turnover (interception) as did Stanford (fumble).
* With the win at Tennessee, the Bruin non-conference road record in the decade of the 2000's is now 7-5 --- 2000 -none; 2001-W Alabama, W Kansas; 2002-W Oklahoma State, W San Diego State; 2003-L Colorado, L Oklahoma; 2004-W Illinois; 2005-W San Diego State; 2006-L Notre Dame; 2007-L Utah; 2008 L BYU; 2009- W Tennessee.
* The win at Tennessee on Sept. 12 improved UCLA's record in the decade of the 2000's to 4-0 versus teams from the SEC. The Bruins swept a series with Alabama, winning at home in 2000 and in Tuscaloosa, AL in 2001. The win in Knoxville completed a sweep of the Vols.
*UCLA is 27-4 (9-2 in last 11 games) when it wins the turnover battle over the past six-plus seasons. It was 3-1 (won vs. WSU, Stanford, Washington, lost vs. USC) in 2008 and is 1-1 (beat Tennessee, lost to Stanford) in 2009.
*It is 15-33 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last six-plus seasons, including (2-0) in 2009.
*The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in 10 of the last 12 seasons (not in 1999, 2008).
*The UCLA defense has held three of its four opponents to fewer than 300 yards total offense (SDSU - 277, Tennessee - 208 and Kansas State - 268). It has allowed just seven touchdowns in the four games.
*The Bruin defense has held 18 opponents (13-5 record) over the last three-plus seasons to less than 100 yards of rushing offense. In 2009, it has held SDSU to 39 net rushing yards, Tennessee to 115 and Kansas State to 69. In 2008, it limited three opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground (26-Wash. St., 96-Washington, 21-Ariz. St.). It held six opponents to under the century mark in 2007 (52-Stanford, 44-BYU, 46-Notre Dame, 67-Cal, 43-Oregon, 34-BYU/bowl). In 2006, the Bruin defense limited seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (Rice-53, Washington-49, Stanford-49, Arizona-minus 13, Notre Dame-51, Oregon St.-85, USC-55).
*The Bruin defense has limited opponents to less than 300 yards of offense in 18 contests (14-4 record) over the last three-plus seasons. In 2009, it has held SDSU to 277 total yards, Tennessee to 208 and Kansas State to 268. In 2008, it kept three teams to under 300 yards of offense (Wash. St.-177, Washington-133, Ariz. St.-122). It held five opponents short of 300 in 2007 (Oregon St.-248, Notre Dame-140, Cal-299, Oregon-148, BYU bowl-265). In 2006, the Bruins held seven opponents under 300 (Utah-287, Rice-184, Washington-249, Stanford-166, Arizona-222, Oregon St.-260, Ariz. St. -264).
*In the last nine seasons (2000-2008), 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 17 years (1992-2008), just five fewer than USC and seven more than No. 3 Arizona.
*UCLA has produced a total of 37 consensus All-America selections (33 players) in school history. That total ranks 15th among all Football Bowl Subdivision schools and second in the Pac-10.
* UCLA's defense allowed opponent offenses to convert just 33 of 108 (30.6%) third down conversion attempts in the final eight games of 2008. In four games this season, it has allowed opponents to convert just 32.8% (19 of 58) - 32nd in NCAA and third in the Pac-10. In the last 12 contests, that adds up to a total of 52-166 (31.3%).
* UCLA held Tennessee to just 93 yards passing. Washington's 39 yards passing in 2008 were the fewest allowed by the Bruin defense since Sept. 4, 2004, when the Bruins held Oklahoma State to 23 yards in the air. UCLA held three opponents (Oregon 42, Stanford 51, Washington 39) under 100 yards passing in 2008.
* Arizona State's 122 yards total offense in 2008 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 in the 2008 contest 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 in 2008 was its highest total since running for 333 yards against Washington in 2007.
* Over the last six-plus seasons, UCLA is 22-2 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-plus seasons, the Bruins are 25-3 when they hold the opponent under 20 points, and had a 16-game streak snapped when they lost the Las Vegas Bowl, 17-16.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES
*Senior defensive back Alterraun Verner (#1) has scored four touchdowns in his career, including a 70-yard score with a blocked field goal in the 2009 opener versus San Diego State. He has three interception returns for touchdown in his career (34 yards-Utah, 2006; 89-Arizona, 2006; 76-California, 2007).That total ties the UCLA record held by Jerry Robinson (1975-78), Marcus Turner (1985-88) and Spencer Havner (2002-05). He also has 11 career interceptions.
*Redshirt senior linebacker Reggie Carter's (#51) leads the Bruins with 31 tackles, including 14 at Tennessee, and ranks sixth (tied) in the Pac-10. His total of 83 tackles led the the team in 2008 and placed 10th in the Pac-10 conference (6.9/g). He recorded a career-best 20 tackles in the 2008 game at BYU. It was the most tackles by a Bruin player since Eric Turner totaled 21 in a 1989 contest versus Oregon.
*In the opener versus San Diego State, true sophomore safety Rahim Moore (#3) made three interceptions to tie the UCLA single-game record held by Ron Carver (Texas 1971), Craig Rutledge (Oregon State 1986) and Darryl Henley (Oregon State 1986). Moore was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and was nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award.Moore made two more interceptions at Tennessee and already has as many interceptions this season (five) as past team leaders Trey Brown made in 2007 and Matt Ware made in 2001. The last Bruin to make six interceptions -- in a full season -- was Larry Atkins in 1997. Moore is first in the NCAA with five interceptions (1.25 per game) and second with 2.25 passes defensed per game.
*Junior defensive tackle Brian Price (#92) made 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss at Tennessee. He leads the Bruins with 7.0 TFL in four games and is second in the Pac-10 and T-15th in the NCAA with 1.75 TFL per game. In 2008, he led the team with 14.0 tackles for loss and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with 1.17/g. All told, he has totaled 28 tackles for loss in his last 20 games (1.40/g) dating back to the 2007 season.
*Coach Rick Neuheisel began the 2009 season with a head coaching record of 32-15 against the opponents on this year's UCLA schedule. He is currently 29-13 as a head coach against Pac-10 teams, other than UCLA. (Arizona 4-1, ASU 2-3, Cal 3-2, Kansas St. 2-3, Oregon 4-2, Oregon St. 3-2, Stanford 4-1, San Diego St. 0-0, SC 1-2, Tennessee 1-0, Washington 2-0, WSU 6-0).
*Redshirt junior Kai Forbath (#25) has now converted 25 of his last 26 attempts (23 straight fgs from under 50 yards) dating back to last season. He leads the nation with 3.00 field goals per game. He has kicked 56 field goals (No. 4 in school history) in 29 career games. He booted his seventh career field of 50 yards or more with a 50-yarder in the 2009 opener against San Diego State to set a new UCLA career record. Forbath is the first Bruin to record five kicks of 50 or more yards in the same season (2007) and the second to kick two in the same game (Justin Medlock did it in 2004 at Oregon). His 54-yard field goal versus Oregon in 2007 was the longest ever by a Bruin freshman and third longest in UCLA history. At Tennessee, he kicked a career-best four field goals and was three for three versus Kansas State and Stanford.
*Senior kick returner Terrence Austin (#4) accounted for 160 all-purpose yards versus San Diego State. In 2008, he set a school record with 1,878 all-purpose yards (broke Maurice Jones-Drew's 2005 mark of 1,863 yards). He also set school marks with 46 kickoff returns in `08, 206 kickoff return yards in last season's game against Fresno State and 1,109 kickoff return yards in `08.
*Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Rosario (#83) is a two-sport performer who placed third in the long jump (25-0), 10th in the high jump (6-6.75) and 14th in the triple jump at the 2009 Pac-10 Outdoor Track Championships. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump event and placed 22nd (24-3.50).
YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE -- 30 players with freshmen or sophomore class standing saw action in the opener against San Diego State. The Bruins played a total of 18 freshmen (eight true freshmen and 10 redshirt) and 12 sophomores (six true sophomores and six redshirt sophomores) in the 2009 season opener. Redshirt freshman linebacker David Allen saw his first action at Tennessee to up that number to 31 for the season.
AT THE STARTING LINE* Senior linebacker Reggie Carter leads the team with 36 career starts. Tight end Logan Paulsen (30), cornerback Alterraun Verner (28), defensive tackle Brian Price (21) are the only other Bruins with at least 20 career starts.
* Senior CB Alterraun Verner has the longest starting streak of any position player with 25 straight. Junior defensive tackle Brian Price owns the next longest active streak (18). TE Logan Paulsen had a 23-game starting streak snapped against BYU in 2008 when he sat out the game due to a broken foot.
* Seven positional players (five offense - QB Kevin Price, TB Johnathan Franklin, OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, C Kai Maiava, OG Eddie Williams; two defense - DT Jerzy Siewierski, CB Aaron Hester) made their first career starts in the 2009 season-opener against San Diego State. In addition, Jeff Locke and H Danny Rees also made their first starts. Cornerback Courtney Viney became the eighth positional player to make his first career start when he opened at cornerback at Tennessee. Cornerback Sheldon Price became the ninth positional player to make his first career start when he took the field versus Kansas State.
ROSE BOWL ADVANTAGE
* UCLA has won 21 of the last 28 games (.750) played at home in the Rose Bowl.
* Over the last six-plus seasons, UCLA's home record is 29-11 (.725).
* UCLA has won 19 of its last 23 (.826) non-conference matchups played in the Rose Bowl (2009: W Kansas State/ W San Diego State; 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.
UCLA AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
* UCLA has won six of its last nine 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), Fresno State (2008-25th) and USC (2008-5th).
* UCLA has defeated three of the last six Top 10-ranked opponents it has faced.
* UCLA's last road victory over a ranked team (AP) came on Sept. 29, 2001 at #19 Oregon State (38-7).