UCLA (6-2, 3-2 ranked #16 in the Associated Press and 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll/ 19th in BCS) will play at Arizona (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. PT/8:00 MT and be televised by ESPN with Joe Tessitore (play by play), Matt Millen (color) and Maria Taylor (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. 93), XM (Ch.195). All UCLA football games can also be heard live on smart phones and tablets via the free TuneIn App. Sports USA will also air a national radio broadcast of the contest with John Ahlers, Gary Barnett and Richard Gray mikeside.
BRUINS VS. THE ‘CATS — The Bruins lead the series, 20-15-2. UCLA captured last year’s meeting (game 9) by a score of 66-10 in a contest during which Johnathan Franklin became the school’s all-time leading rusher and Brett Hundley passed for three scores. The Bruins totaled 611 yards of offense in the contest.
Arizona handed the Bruins a 48-12 setback in the last trip to Tucson in 2011. The Wildcats jumped out to a 42-7 halftime lead and never looked back. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for three scores while UCLA managed just 37-yards rushing in the contest.
The Bruins will be looking to win for the first time in Tucson since a 24-21 verdict in 2003. UCLA rallied from a 21-10 halftime deficit in that battle. The winning points came on a fourth quarter 55-yard interception return of a Wildcat shovel pass by defensive lineman Rodney Leisle.
BRUINS IN BRIEF?**Anthony Barr has 34.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons as a defensive player … He has had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in all but one of his 22 games as a LB… Barr is 2nd in the nation in forced fumbles at 0.50/g; Barr is ranked 7th in TFLs 1.6/g; Barr is 10th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.38);
**UCLA went 5-0 against the Pac-12 South last season and is off to a 2-0 start this season with Arizona, ASU and USC remaining on the schedule
**The win over Colorado gave UCLA its first 4-0 home start since the 2006 season
**QB Brett Hundley had his 10th career 300-yard total offense game against Colorado (ran for 72 and passed for 273)…Hundley’s dad (also named Brett) attended the University of Arizona and was on the football team as a running back in the mid-1980’s
**The Bruins are 13-0 under head coach Jim Mora when ahead at the half