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UCLA Returns Home to Host Washington Friday Night

Nov 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES - UCLA (7-2, 4-2 ranked #13 in the Associated Press and 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll/ 13th in BCS) will host Washington (6-3, 3-3) on Friday, Nov. 15.  The game will kickoff at 6:01 p.m. PT and be televised by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn (play by play), Danny Kanell (color) and Allison Williams (field reporter) calling the action. The Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will air the contest on am 570 Fox Sports Radio. The contest will also be broadcast on SIRIUS (Ch. 91), XM (Ch. 91).  All UCLA football games can also be heard live on smart phones and tablets via the free TuneIn App. Westwood One will also air a national radio broadcast of the contest with John Tautges, former Bruin head coach Terry Donahue and Jason Horowitz mikeside.

BRUINS AND UW — The Bruins lead the series, 38-30-2. The teams have not met since the 2010 season, a 24-7 Washington win in Seattle. UCLA captured the last meeting in the Rose Bowl, a 24-23 decision in 2009. The Bruins have come away with seven straight home wins in the series.

In 2010, the Bruins scored first on a 31-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Franklin, but it was all Huskies after that. UCLA used three different QBs during the game (including current Y receiver Darius Bell) with Richard Brehaut seeing the majority of action before leaving due to injury. Rahim Moore, Akeem Ayers and Sean Westgate each tallied eight tackles during the contest as the Bruin defense held the Huskies to 68 yards passing.

 In 2009, quarterbacks Kevin Prince and Kevin Craft combined for 371 total passing yards as each threw touchdown passes. Nelson Rosario broke the century receiving mark with 111 yards. A missed UW field goal attempt in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference-maker in the game as the Bruins held on to win, 24-23.

Coach Mora began his coaching career, in 1984, at his alma mater, the University of Washington. He joined the staff of then head coach Don James, in the role of defensive assistant, following a four-year playing career as a defensive back for the Huskies. While at the UW, Mora had the opportunity to be a part of two Rose Bowl teams as a player (1981-loss to Michigan; 1982 win over Iowa), and helped the Huskies land a berth in the 1985 Orange Bowl (win over Oklahoma) as a coach. 

**Anthony Barr has 34.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons as a defensive player… Barr is 4th in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.44/g; Barr is ranked 13th in TFLs 1.4/g; Barr is 11th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.33);

**In the last 17 games, UCLA has gone 12-5 with the five losses to Oregon (8-1 record this season), Stanford (3xs/8-1) and Baylor (8-0); four of the five losses have come in games played away from the Bruins home field in the Rose Bowl

**UCLA is ranked 13th in the latest BCS Standings, its highest listing since Nov. 28, 2005 when the Bruins were 12th after rising as high as fifth in late October.

**The win over Colorado gave UCLA its first 4-0 home start since the 2006 season; it posted a 6-0 home mark in 2005

**QB Brett Hundley had his 10th career 300-yard total offense game against Colorado (ran for 72 and passed for 273)

**The Bruins are 14-0 under head coach Jim Mora when ahead at the half

**LB Jordan Zumwalt has led the team the past four games with 38 tackles (4.0 for loss); other last four game numbers: secondary leader Anthony Jefferson has 36 tackles and Eddie Vanderdoes along the line (18).

**The last time the Bruins were ranked as high as 13th in the AP poll, for a game as late as Nov. 15th, was in Dec. of 2005 (11th)

**LB Eric Kendricks’ 13-tackle performance at Arizona was his 12th double-digit effort in the last two seasons

**Barr has been named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award as the Nation’s Top Defender and the Rotary Lombardi (Most Outstanding Down Linemane/LB ... He is also a quarterfinalist for the Lott Impact Trophy along with Eric Kendricks

**WR Shaquelle Evans has caught at least one pass in the last 24g and a scoring pass in six of this season’s first nine games

**UCLA established a new school record for most true freshmen playing in a season (18) at Oregon ... It played 15 in the 2013 opener; 15 RS freshmen have also seen action this season. UCLA played 26 total freshmen in ‘12 -- 12 true /14 RS freshmen.

**The Bruins played 17 true freshmen in the contest at Arizona to go along with 20 RS freshmen / true or RS sophomores.

**QB Brett Hundley has thrown at least one scoring pass in 22 of his 23 career games (not at Stanford - 2012)...He has thrown for multiple scores in 15 of those contests -- Over the last three games, Hundley has completed 50 of his 68 attempts (74%).

**UCLA matched its school record total of seven true freshmen position starters vs. Colorado (OG Alex Redmond, OG Scott Quessenberry, OT Caleb Benenoch, Y Thomas Duarte, LB Myles Jack, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, DL Eddie Vanderdoes) ... At Oregon DL Kenny Clark joined Redmond, Quessenberry, Benenoch, Duarte, Jack, Vanderdoes)...Punter/KO Sean Covington would make it eight true freshmen starting those two games.

**With the win at Arizona, Coach Mora has 16 wins in his first two seasons at the helm tying him with Terry Donahue, 1976-77 for the second-highest win total at the school during the first two years as head coach - Tommy Prothro, 1965-66 17

**Defenders Myles Jack, Jordan Zumwalt, Keenan Graham, Kenny Clark, Eddie Vanderdoes, Cassius Marsh each saw action on offense for the Bruins against Arizona

**PK Ka’imi Fairbairn has connected on 17 straight FG attempts from 35 yards and in and 9 of his last 10 from any distance.

**The Bruins are 10-3 vs. the teams placed in the P12 South (Utah 2-1, USC 1-1, Colorado 3-0, ASU 2-0, Arizona 2-1); UCLA went 5-0 against the Pac-12 South last season and is off to a 3-0 start this season with ASU and USC remaining to play

**LB Myles Jack ran for 120 yards at Arizona which tied for 10th on the all-time freshman rushing list at UCLA

**QB Brett Hundley has been UCLA’s leading rusher over the last five games with 60 carries for 245 yards and four scores.

**UCLA is now bowl eligible. It has played in bowl games in nine of the last 11 seasons (not 2010, 2008).

**This is the first time UCLA has opened in and remained ranked by AP through the first 11 listings of a season since 2001

**Y Receiver Thomas Duarte hauled in his second scoring pass of the season at Oregon joining Devin Fuller, 2012/Ryan Moya 2005/ DeShaun Foster 1998/ Brian Poli-Dixon 1997/ Brad Melsby 1995 behind true freshman school record holder Raymond Burks who had a total of three scoring catches in 1973

**Myles Jack’s blocked punt at Oregon was the 11th kick blocked by the Bruins since Jim Mora became head coach

**UCLA is 12-3 under Coach Mora when scoring first, 8-0 when doing so at home

**Hundley is two shy of school record holder Cade McNown’s total of 12 300-yard total offense games after his 375 yard-effort against Colorado...He racked up a personal best 428 yards of total offense earlier this season vs. Cal.

Most Career 300-yd total offense games- Cade McNown12, Hundley 10, Drew Olson 5, Tom Ramsey 5

**UCLA is wearing a No. 36 patch on its uniform to honor the memory of Nick Pasquale, a redshirt freshman receiver from San Clemente, CA, who passed away in a tragic accident on Sept. 8.      

**UCLA has won 20 of its last 25 games when winning the turnover battle (80%) and owns a 16-33 record in its last 49 games (33%) when losing or tying the turnover ratio

**UCLA is 7-4 in true road games (3-2 in ‘13) under Coach Mora...Last year, the Bruins won as many as four road games in a season for the first time since 2002 (4-2 on road in 2012)

**UCLA has won 13 of its last 14 games when it limits the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (1-0 in ‘13, 3-0 in ‘12)

MID-WEEK GAMES — UCLA played earlier this season at Utah on a Thursday night. Last season, UCLA opened the year with a win at Rice on a Thursday evening. In 2011, it played at Arizona on a Thursday evening. In the 2010 season, the Bruins played three non-Saturday games - Oct. 21 at Oregon (Th.), Nov. 18 at Washington (Th.) and (Fri.) Nov. 26 at Arizona State.

Prior to 2010, the last time the Bruins played a regular-season non-Saturday game was Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 at Arizona State, dropping a 34-9 decision. The Bruins also played a Monday night game in the Rose Bowl that year, defeating Tennessee, 27-24 in overtime on Labor Day night (Aug. 30). Before 2008, UCLA had not played on a week night since Thurs., Sept. 30, 1993, a 52-13 victory at San Diego State. The Bruins also played at San Diego State on Thurs., Sept. 26, 1991 (won, 37-12). The most recent regular season home game played on a Friday was against Arizona on Oct. 27, 1978 in the Coliseum. 

BOWLING — UCLA is bowl eligible in 2013. It has played in bowl games in nine of the last 11 seasons (not 2010, 2008).

HONORARY CAPTAIN — Washington Honorary Captain: The Honorary Captain for the Washington game is former All-America and All-Pac-8 linebacker Mike Ballou. Ballou lettered three seasons for the Bruins (1967-69) and was UCLA’s team captain as a senior in 1969. In 1968, Ballou received UCLA’s Paul I. Wellman Award for all-around excellence, an honor that would foreshadow his accomplishments later in life. In his first season at UCLA, the Bruins rose to the top of the national rankings as quarterback Gary Beban won the Heisman Trophy and led the team to a 7-2-1 record. Ballou enrolled at UCLA after enjoying an undefeated season at Santa Monica College in 1966, and was one of the area’s most highly-recruited junior college players. In 1965, his senior season at L.A. High, he led the Romans to an undefeated season and the L.A. City Championship while earning Parade and Scholastic Magazine high school All-America honors. In the 1970 AFL Draft, Ballou was selected in the third round by the Boston Patriots. A career-ending injury during his rookie season forced him out of professional football, but launched a new career with the Los Angeles County Probation Department as a Deputy Probation Officer. For the next 40 years, Ballou worked with at-risk youth and earned a bevy of awards for his exemplary service, including Employee of the Year in 1996 and Southern League Hall of Fame Champions Forever in 2005. Recently retired, Ballou has not stopped serving the young men from the community in which he grew up. “Ballou’s Gentlemen’s Fraternity” stresses the development of “core values” by teaching at-risk youth to become men of integrity, honor and responsibility. He is also a member of and a consultant to “The Motivated Men of Dorsey High School,” a volunteer organization that provides mentorship, compassion, tutoring and scholarships to high school male students.

UCLA AND THE BCS — UCLA was ranked in the initial 2013 BCS rankings for the first time since it opened at No. 9 in the 2005 listing. The Bruins opened at No. 3 in the 2001 rankings and in the top spot in the 1998 poll.

UCLA was ranked No. 17 in the 2012 final BCS Standings. The last time UCLA was ranked in the BCS, prior to the 2012 season, was on Dec. 3, 2006, at No. 25. The Bruins have moved into the BCS rankings in the 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013 seasons. UCLA has been listed as high as No. 1 in the rankings and was No.1 in the very first BCS ranking released on Oct. 26, 1998. 

BRUINS IN THE POLLS — UCLA has moved as high as 9th in the Associated Press rankings this season. The Bruins last were ranked as high during the first week of November 2005 (7th). UCLA moved as high as 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll last season. It was last in the top five of the Associated Press poll in the 2001 season when it spent two weeks at No. 4 after winning its first six games.

COMING UP — UCLA returns to the Rose Bowl for a salute to the senior class in a matchup against ASU on Nov. 23.