UCLA Faces Temple In EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29
Dec. 16, 2009
EAGLEBANK BOWL -- UCLA (6-6, 3-6), which won three of its final four games, will face Temple (9-3) in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl. The game is scheduled for Tues., December 29 at 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington DC. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese in the booth and Rob Stone on the sidelines. 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. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
BOWL ELIGIBLE -- With its victory over Arizona State on Nov. 21, the Bruins became bowl eligible. UCLA has qualified to play in a bowl game in 11 of the last 13 seasons (not 1999, 2008). The EagleBank Bowl is UCLA's 30th bowl game and it has a record of 13-15-1 in the previous 29 games.
INSIDE THE RECORD -- Of UCLA's six losses, all six were to teams competing in bowl games and five were to teams ranked in the final BCS Top 25. Overall, UCLA played seven bowl teams (the other six Pac-10 teams plus Tennessee).
TICKETS - Tickets for the EagleBank Bowl are available now by calling (310) UCLA-WIN or by clicking on the 'Tickets' tab at the top of the page.
Bruin fans should buy their tickets through the UCLA website and/or ticket office so that they sit in UCLA sections.
Tickets are priced at: $100 (VIP), $75 (Premium), $50 (All-Star), $30 (Spectator) and $30 (current UCLA students w/ valid Bruin Card). Donations in increments of $25 are also being taken that will allow Armed Service personnel in the Washington DC area to attend the game (each $25 donation provides one game ticket). Group tickets are also available. Orders taken prior to Fri., Dec. 18th from UCLA donors and current Bruin season ticket holders will have their seat locations prioritized over others.
UCLA Fan Travel is offering travel packages to the EagleBank Bowl that include lodging; ground transportation; an event on Monday, Dec. 28; a game ticket; admission the Bruin Bash pre-game party, and a travel gift. For more information, please call (310) 206-2873 or email Fantravel@athletics.ucla.edu.
This is your opportunity to support Bruin Football on the road, cheer on the seniors in their last game and encourage future UCLA bowl game participation through increased fan involvement.
POST-SEASON HONORS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price, junior place kicker Kai Forbath and sophomore safety Rahim Moore have all earned first-team All-America honors. Price and Forbath have been named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assn. (AFCA). Forbath was also a first-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Phil Steele and the Football Writers Assn. of America and a second-team AP selection. Price was also a first-team SI.com selection. Moore was a first-team choice by Scout.com (Forbath and Price were second-team selections) and a second-team choice by AP. Price and Moore earned Walter Camp Football Foundation second-team honors. Price was a second-team Sporting News and Phil Steele All-America while Moore was a third-team selection by both publications. Forbath and Price were second-team choices by CBSSports.com. Price and senior cornerback Alterraun Verner were third-team AP All-Americans and Verner was also a third-team choice by Phil Steele.
Price was selected the Pac-10 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year by vote of the league coaches. UCLA placed 11 players on the coaches' All-Pac-10 teams. Five players were named to the first team - Price, Moore, Forbath, Verner and senior linebacker Reggie Carter. Senior kickoff returner Terrence Austin and redshirt freshman punter Jeff Locke were selected to the second team. Honorable mention selections included sophomore linebacker Akeem Ayers, sophomore wide receiver Nelson Rosario, senior linebacker Kyle Bosworth and true freshman offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo.
Phil Steele Publications named six Bruins - Price, Carter, Verner, Moore, Forbath and Locke to its All-Pac-10 first team. Austin was selected second-team as a punt returner and third-team as a kickoff returner. Ayers and senior defensive end Korey Bosworth were third-team selections. Sporting News selected Moore as the Pac-10 Defensive MVP and also named Price and Forbath to its All-Pac-10 first team.
Two Bruins earned Freshman All-America honors. Locke earned first-team honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and second-team acclaim from Phil Steele Publications. Su'-Filo was a second-team selection by Steele and a third-team choice by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Ayers was named first-team Sophomore All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com. Moore was third-team and defensive end Datone Jones was honorable mention.
Sporting News named Su'a-Filo, Locke and cornerback Sheldon Price to its Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
Eleven Bruins have been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Locke was selected to the first team. Earning second-team honors were senior tight end Logan Paulsen, redshirt freshman defensive end Damien Holmes and Verner. Players earning honorable mention honors were senior offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani, senior wide receiver Gavin Ketchum, redshirt freshman linebacker/special teams performer Patrick Larimore, senior tight end Ryan Moya, junior holder Danny Rees, senior fullback Trevor Theriot and sophomore linebacker/special teams performer Sean Westgate.
LOU GROZA AWARD -- Junior Kai Forbath won the 2009 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented annually by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The announcement was made on the nationally-televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of Dec. 10.
FORBATH ON A ROLL -- Redshirt junior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 35 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in during the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon last season, Forbath has been a perfect 35-35 on field goal attempts from 50 yards and in. He made his last 12 from that range last season and has sent his first 23 kicks of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights.Overall, he has made 39 of his last 42 attempts (a string of 16 straight was snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He is 26 of 29 this season and is No. 2 in the nation with 2.17 field goals per game and is second with his .897 percentage (22 or more attempts).
PRICE FOR A LOSS -- Junior defensive tackle Brian Price has recorded 34.5 tackles for loss in his last 21 games, including 4.0 versus Arizona State and Tennessee, 3.0 at Washington State, and 2.0 versus USC and Oregon. He has 22.5 in 12 games in 2009 to rank first in the Pac-10 (by 7.5 TFL) and third (tied) in the NCAA.
MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore picked off an NCAA-leading nine passes (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU) in 12 games this season. He is tied for No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, two shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 12 in 24 career games. He leads the NCAA with his nine interceptions and 0.75 average and is fourth (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.33).
AUSTIN RANKS -- For his career, senior wide receiver Terrence Austin ranks first in kickoff returns (84) and kickoff return yards (2,063), first in punt returns (91), third in all-purpose yards (4,247) and 13th in receptions (107).
GOOD HANDS -- Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Rosario made 26 catches for 460 yards in the last five games for an average of 17.7 yards per catch. Sophomore wide receiver Taylor Embree hauled in 32 balls for 433 yards over the last eight contests for an average of 13.5 yards per catch.
PRINCE IN A GROOVE -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince threw for at least 300 yards in three games (California, Oregon State, Washington State) this season. He is the second freshman in school history to do it (Tommy Maddox did it three times in 1990). Prince's 390 yards total offense versus Washington State ranks No. 9 (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and No. 2 among freshmen, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC in 1990.
FRESH FRANKLIN -- Redshirt freshman running back Johnathan Franklin 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.
SENIORS -- The EagleBank Bowl will be the final game for 22 UCLA seniors --- DL Chinonso Anyanwu, WR Terrence Austin, OL Brandon Bennett, DL Korey Bosworth, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB Reggie Carter, QB Kevin Craft, OL Jake Dean, OL Nick Ekbatani, WR Gavin Ketchum, TE Jeff Miller, RB Chane Moline, TE Ryan Moya, TE Logan Paulsen, QB Osaar Rasshan, DB Garrett Rubio, RB Craig Sheppard, DL Jerzy Siewierski, FB Trevor Theriot, CB Alterraun Verner, DL Jess Ward, DB Aaron Ware.
UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose: 40th in NCAA, 6th Pac-10(136.67); receptions: 24th Pac-10(2.92); ko ret.: 42nd NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(25.11); punt ret.:37th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10(8.45)
* Nelson Rosario -- receiv. yds:11th Pac-10 (54.75); receptions: T-19th Pac-10 (3.17)
* Taylor Embree -- receptions: T-12th Pac-10 (3.58); receiv. yds:T-13th Pac-10 (48.33)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.17); scoring: 25th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (8.33); kick scoring: 3rd in Pac-10 (8.33); FG%: 2nd in NCAA - 22+ att. (89.7)
* Kevin Prince -- passing efficiency: 8th in Pac-10 (114.24); passing yards: 9th in Pac-10 (182.90); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (199.40)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: 13th Pac-10 (46.67); total off.: 22nd Pac-10 (46.67)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: 12th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (44.00)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles:T-14th Pac-10 (6.00);TFL:T-17th Pac-10(0.67)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-3rd in NCAA, 1st Pac-10 (1.88); sacks: T-7th in Pac-10 (0.58)
* Rahim Moore -- ints.: 1st NCAA,1st Pac-10(0.75);passes def.:T-4th NCAA,1st Pac-10(1.33)
* Alterraun Verner -- int: T-19th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (0.42); tackles: 31st Pac-10 (5.4)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: T-18th in Pac-10 (5.83)
* Akeem Ayers -- int: T-7th in Pac-10 (0.25); sacks: 10th Pac-10 (0.50); TFL: T-5th in Pac-10 (1.04); Forced fum: T-3rd in Pac-10 (0.33); tackles: T-28th Pac-10 (5.5)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-11th Pac-10 (0.83)
* Korey Bosworth -- TFL: 8th Pac-10 (1.00)
* Tony Dye -- tackles: T-21st Pac-10 (5.75)
Rushing Offense: 98th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (116.42)
Passing Offense: 52nd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (222.92)
Total Offense: 88th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (339.33)
Scoring Offense: 99th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (21.33)
Rushing Defense: 60th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (144.42)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 41st in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (119.45)
Pass Defense: 30th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (193.92)
Total Defense: 38th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (338.33)
Scoring Defense: 31st in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (21.25)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 8th in Pac-10 (34.1%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 19th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (33.3%)
Red Zone Offense: T-33rd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (86.1%)
Red Zone Defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (81.2%)
Turnover Margin: 32nd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (+0.42)
Kickoff Returns: 14th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (24.60)
Punt Returns: 65th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (8.40)
Net Punting: 20th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (37.76)
Interceptions: 11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (18)
Tackles For Loss: 8th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (7.83)