Bruins Travel To Pullman; Watch Coach Neuheisel's Monday News Conference
Nov. 9, 2009
UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE
Kickoff at 2:00 p.m.
Game will air on Fox College Sports
GAME 10 -- UCLA (4-5, 1-5) travels to the Pullman, WA on Saturday, Nov. 14 to meet Washington State (1-8, 0-6). Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. 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 calling the action. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 127 on Sirius and 103 on XM). Fox College Sports (FCS) will air the game nationally with Steve Physioc and Yogi Roth in the booth and Samantha Steele on the sidelines.SERIES WITH WASHINGTON STATE -- UCLA owns a 36-18-1 advatage in the series with Washington State, which dates back to 1928. The Bruins own a 15-9 advantage in games which have been played in either Spokane,WA or Pullman, WA. The Bruins have won one of the last six contests played in the Palouse and that was a 44-41 overtime decision in the 2005 season (lost in 2007, 2003, 2001, 1997, 1995). Coach Neuheisel is 6-0 overall, 1-0 while head coach at UCLA, versus the Cougars.
A year ago, the Bruins outscored the Cougars 28-3 in the Rose Bowl in game 5 of the 2008 campaign to pick up their first Pac-10 win of the season. Quarterback Kevin Craft threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns during the game. His first scoring pass, a 15-yard aerial to Ryan Moya, kicked off the scoring in the game and gave UCLA a 7-0 lead at the 13:48 mark of the second quarter. Kahlil Bell took it over from one-yard out with 6:56 on the clock to help send the Bruins into the intermission with a 14-0 edge. After a WSU field goal early in the third quarter, UCLA answered back on another Craft to Moya touchdown pass, this one from 12 yards out, to make the score 21-3 with 6:40 to play in the quarter. Bell registered the final tally on another one-yard run and the Bruins captured a 28-3 win. WSU totaled 177 yards in offense (26 r, 151 p). UCLA added 100 yards on the ground to Craft's production in the air.
In the most recent contest played in Pullman, WSU dealt the Bruins a 27-7 setback in the eighth game of the 2007 season. WSU racked up 545 yards in total offense on the day, including 274 on the ground. UCLA scored first in the contest on a 50-yard dash by Kahlil Bell on the game's third play from scrimmage. Bell was later lost to what was determined to be a torn ACL and WSU countered with 27 unanswered points. The Bruins produced 267 yards of offense (100 rushing). Linebacker Kyle Bosworth topped the visitors with 19 tackles.
THORPE AWARD -- The Jim Thorpe Award Screening Committee announced last week that UCLA senior cornerback Alterraun Verner is one of the 12 semi-finalists for the award given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. The list will be narrowed again on November 23, to three finalists who will be invited to the nationally telecast Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 10. The winner will be announced on the show and the official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on February 9, 2010. Jim Thorpe Award winners are selected for performance on the field, athletic ability and character.
BEDNARIK AWARD --The Maxwell Football Club announced last week that UCLA junior defensive tackle Brian Price is one of 16 Semifinalists for the 15th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The announcement of the winner of the award will be made during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN on Thursday December 10, 2009. Three finalists for the award will be announced on November 23, 2009 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner, to be held on Friday March 5, 2010 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
GROZA AWARD -- Kai Forbath was one of 20 semifinalists selected this week by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. Three finalists will be chosen from this group to appear at the Groza Awards Banquet on Dec. 8 in West Palm Beach, FL. The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of Dec. 10.
WATCH US -- The following Bruins were on the list of players 'To Watch' for the major national post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player), Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Outland Trophy (interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (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 (top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (top place kicker).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks first in kickoff returns (76) and kickoff return yards (1,885), third in punt returns (84), seventh in all-purpose yards (3,904) and T-17th in receptions (98).
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 30 straight 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 a perfect 30-30 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 18 kicks of this season (misses from 51 and 52) through the uprights. Overall, he has made 34 of his last 36 attempts (he had a string of 16 straight snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 21 of 23 this season and is second in the nation with 2.33 field goals per game and is second with his .913 percentage (16 or more attempts).
FRESH FRANKLIN -- Redshirt freshman running back Johnathan Franklin has recorded two 100-yard rushing games this season (Kansas State and Cal). Only one player in school history has totaled more than two 100-yard rushing games during his freshman season. Tyler Ebell had six 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Other Bruin freshman backs with two 100-yard games include: DeShaun Foster - 1998, Skip Hicks - 1993, Eric Ball - 1985, Gaston Green - 1984, Kevin Nelson - 1980.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has picked off eight passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington) in the first nine games of the season. He is tied for No. 3 on UCLA's single-season list, three shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 11 in 21 career games. He is tied for the NCAA lead with his eight interceptions and 0.89 average and is second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.56).
MOYA ON THE LIST -- Senior Ryan Moya's 74 career catches rank third-most ever by a Bruin tight end.
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 25.5 tackles for loss in his last 18 games, including 4.0 at Tennessee and 2.0 at Stanford and 2.0 versus Oregon. He has 13.5 in nine games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 and 12th (tied) in the NCAA.
* UCLA's 455 yards of total offense versus Washington was its highest total since gaining 537 versus Washington on Sept. 22, 2007.
* UCLA's 371 yards passing versus Washington was its highest total since throwing for 510 versus Arizona State on Nov. 12, 2005.
* UCLA has thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2005 Rice and Oklahoma contests.
* 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 27-5 (9-3 in last 12 games) when it wins the turnover battle over the past six-plus seasons. It is 1-2 (W at Tenn., L at Stanford, L at Arizona) in 2009. Last season it was 3-1 (won v. WSU, Stanford, Washington, lost vs. USC).
*It is 16-36 when it ties or loses the turnover battle over the last six-plus seasons, including (3-3 / L v. OSU, California, Oregon; W v. Washington, Kansas State, SDSU) in 2009.
*The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in 10 of the last 12 seasons (not 1999, 2008).
ACADEMICS -- Senior tight end Logan Paulsen was a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award. It is presented by the National Football Foundation. He was also a semifinalist for a NFF Post-Graduate scholarship.
Eight Bruins were selected to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Alterraun Verner and Aaron Perez were first-team selections; fullback Trevor Theriot; kickoff specialist Jimmy Rotstein, tight end Logan Paulsen, wide receiver Gavin Ketchum, tight end Ryan Moya and offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani earned 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.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose: 27th in NCAA, 4th Pac-10(144.11); receptions/g: T-21st Pac-10(2.89); ko ret.: 35th NCAA, 4th Pac-10(25.87); punt ret.:30th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(9.41)
* Nelson Rosario -- receiv. yds:12th Pac-10 (51.11)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: 14th Pac-10 (3.56); receiv. yds:13th Pac-10 (49.89)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.33); scoring: T-17th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (8.56); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (8.56)
* Kevin Prince -- passing efficiency: 8th in Pac-10 (118.30); passing yards: 9th in Pac-10 (180.57); total offense: 9th in Pac-10 (182.4)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 9th Pac-10 (56.67); total off.: 19th Pac-10 (56.67)* Jeff Locke -- punting: 10th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (44.57)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:T-13th Pac-10 (6.44);TFL:T-7th Pac-10(0.89); fumbles forced:T-8th Pac-10(0.22)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-12th in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.50); sacks: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.56)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: T-1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.89);passes def.:T-2nd NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.56)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-46th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (0.33); tackles: T-13th Pac-10 (6.44)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: T-8th in Pac-10 (6.77)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-7th Pac-10 (0.89); sacks:T-15th in Pac-10 (0.33)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: 6th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-16th Pac-10 (6.22)
Rushing Offense: 105th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (100.00)
Passing Offense: 58th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (222.44)
Total Offense: 98th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (322.44)
Scoring Offense: 106th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (20.33)
Rushing Defense: 78th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (156.89)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 35th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (117.00)
Total Defense: 60th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (358.67)
Scoring Defense: 50th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (23.00)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (32.8%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 5th in Pac-10 (35.7%)
Red Zone Offense: 4th in Pac-10 (84.6%)
Red Zone Defense: 4th in Pac-10 (79.3%)
Turnover Margin: 69th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (-0.11)
Kickoff Returns: 15th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (25.14)
Punt Returns: 57th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (9.41)
Net Punting: 6th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (40.05)
Punt Return Defense: 27th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (5.27)
Tackles For Loss: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (7.33)
* UCLA has converted 22 of 26 (84.6%) Red Zone chances for 103 points (nine touchdowns - four passing and five rushing - and 12 field goals).
* Opponents have converted 23 of 25 (79.3%) Red Zone opportunities for 115 points - 10 touchdowns (three passing, seven running) and nine field goals.
* UCLA has caused 17 turnovers (13 interceptions and four fumbles) which have led to 40 points (four tds and four fgs).
* UCLA has committed 18 turnovers (eight interceptions, 10 fumbles) and 10 have been converted for 61 points (eight tds/2 fgs).