UCLA Gets Manhandled In Loss To California

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Cal Gets Third Straight Win Over UCLA, 35-7

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Shane Vereen rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns to lead the California Golden Bears to a 35-7 victory over the UCLA Bruins in Pac-10 play at Memorial Stadium.

Kevin Riley had a quiet afternoon for California (3-2, 1-1 Pac10), as the quarterback finished with just 83 yards and one touchdown on 9-of-16 passing.

Kevin Prince was not as lucky, as UCLA's signal caller threw for just 99 yards in the loss. Prince did toss a touchdown pass, but finished just 13-of-31 on the day and also was intercepted once. The Bruins (3-3, 1-2) were paced by Johnathan Franklin on the ground, as the tailback rushed for 54 yards on 13 totes.

The Golden Bears wasted little time finding the end zone, as the team capped off a 10-play, 70-yard opening drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Shane Vereen.

Vereen struck again later in the opening frame when the tailback scampered into the end zone on a four-yard run.

Cal continued its solid play in the second stanza, as the Golden Bears capped off a 13-play, 86-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Riley to Keenan Allen.

Riley made it a 28-0 score when he plunged into the end zone from one yard out with less than two minutes remaining in the opening half.

The Bruins finally got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter when Prince hit Christian Ramirez with a six-yard touchdown pass.

That would be the lone touchdown for UCLA, as Cal pushed its lead back to 28 points midway through the final frame when Marvin Jones broke free for a 48- yard touchdown run.

The Golden Bears dominated the matchup, racking up 387 yards, while limiting UCLA to just 144 total yards of production.

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UCLA At California: Last Five Games

As UCLA heads into their game today against Cal, here's a look at their last five meetings:

  • 2009: Cal 45, at UCLA 26
  • 2008: at Cal 41, UCLA 20
  • 2007: at UCLA 30, Cal 21
  • 2006: at Cal 38, UCLA 24
  • 2005: at UCLA 47, Cal 40

Last year's win by Cal at the Rose Bowl snapped a nine-game streak in which the home team won each game of the series. The Bruins have lost five straight games at Memorial Stadium at Berkeley, with their last win coming in 1998, when the No. 2 ranked Bruins beat California, 28-16.

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UCLA At California: Video Preview

As the UCLA Bruins prepare for their game today at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, facing the California Golden Bears, here is a video preview from UCLA:


Today's game is at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Prime Ticket, with Barry Tompkins, Petros Pakadakis, and Rebecca Haarlow on the call.

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UCLA At California Game Notes

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FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Stadium (75,028) -- Berkeley, California. Television: FSN. Home Record: UCLA 2-1, Cal 2-0. Away Record: UCLA 1-1, Cal 0-2. Neutral Record: UCLA 0-0, Cal 0-0. Conference Record: UCLA 1-1, Cal 0-1. Series Record: UCLA leads, 49-30-1.

GAME NOTES: The UCLA Bruins take aim at their longest winning streak in five years, as they invade Berkeley this weekend to challenge the California Golden Bears in Pac-10 action at Memorial Stadium.

The Bruins have really turned their season around over recent weeks, winning three consecutive games following an 0-2 start. Two of those victories came over Top 25 opponents, including a stunning 34-12 upset at No.7 Texas on September 25th. UCLA followed that performance with a 42-28 victory over Washington State last weekend for its first Pac-10 win of the campaign. The Bruins are now out to achieve their first four-game win streak since opening the 2005 campaign 8-0 on the way to a 10-2 finish.

The Bears meanwhile, are hoping their homefield advantage will help them get back on tack following back-to-back losses. After losing a shootout, 52-31, with Nevada, Cal was nipped 10-9 in a defensive slugfest with Arizona on September 25th. The Bears, coming off a bye week, now return back home, where they have won both their outings this season.

As for the all-time series, UCLA holds a 49-30-1 advantage over Cal, but the Bears have won the last five meetings at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have won three of the last four encounters overall, including a 45-26 decision at the Rose Bowl last season.

UCLA's ground attack has vastly improved from a year ago and that was no more evident than in last weekend's win over WSU. In that game, the Bruins amassed a whopping 437 yards on the ground, their highest total since rushing for 446 yards against Oregon in 1979. UCLA scored five times on the ground, with three coming from Derrick Coleman, who finished with a career-best 185 yards on just 15 carries. Johnathan Franklin also had a score on the ground and he led the team with a career-high 216 yards on 30 carries. It was the third straight 100-yard effort for Franklin, who paces UCLA with 625 yards and five scores for the season. Coleman is next with 331 yards and four TDs and he is averaging an electric 7.9 yards per carry for a ground game that is churning out a healthy 262.4 ypg. The running game needed to be strong against WSU, as sophomore QB Richard Brehaut was making his first career start. Brehaut threw for 128 yards and rushed for a TD in the absence of usual starter Kevin Prince, who missed the game with a knee injury. Prince hasn't been highly successful this season, but has done a good job managing the offense, and would likely get the start this weekend if healthy enough.

After allowing a total of just 25 points to Houston and Texas, the Bruins came out a bit flat against WSU and surrendered a surprising 28 points. The defense, though, tightened up when needed and kept WSU off the board in the final quarter to help earn the victory. The run defense continues to improve for UCLA, as it limited WSU to just 73 yards on 31 carries. The team is still allowing a far too high 158.0 rushing ypg for the season, but that number has come down significantly over recent weeks. The Bruins also brought the pressure against WSU with five sacks, giving them 14 for the season. David Carter had three of those sacks, while Akeem Ayers had one to go with a forced and recovered fumble. Ayers has been a real factor early on, recording two INTs, three sacks and 6.5 TFLs.

The Bears were averaging 45 ppg after three games, but could only manage three field goals in a one-point loss to Arizona last game. Cal was held to just 262 total yards in the loss, well below their season average of 409.2 ypg. TB Shane Vereen was the lone bright spot for the offense, as he rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries. It was another solid effort from Vereen, who has rushed for 426 yards this season, while totaling eight TDs. He is the primary reason why Cal has been able to average a hardy 190.0 rushing ypg as a team. QB Kevin Riley has benefited from the strong ground attack, but he wasn't able to get going against Arizona, completing 13-of-26 pass attempts for just 116 yards and an INT. It was clearly the worst effort of the season by Riley, as he had thrown eight TDs against just three picks heading into the bout. Marvin Jones is the player Riley looks for the most in the passing attack, leading the team with 25 catches and 369 receiving yards.

Cal's defense bounced back against Arizona after being shredded by Nevada's potent attack. The Bears gave up just 10 points, though the defense did allow Arizona to drive 77 yards in the final minutes for the game-winning TD. The unit gave up only 311 yards in the game and recorded a pair of takeaways and three sacks. Cal has forced nine turnovers and registered 11 sacks through three games, while holding opponents to just 282.5 total ypg. Mychal Kendricks has been a factor with 5.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks to his credit, and he had two of those sacks and a fumble recovery in the loss to Arizona.

The Bruins are one-dimensional on offense and that plays into the hands of Cal. Expect California to stack the box on defense to slow down UCLA's ground attack, while its offense relies on Vereen to move the sticks. In the end, the Bears should claim the victory.

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UCLA Looks For More Ground Game Success Against Cal

The UCLA Bruins take their three-game winning streak to northern California to face the Cal Golden Bears, at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday. UCLA is 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference, losing to Stanford, 35-0, and defeating Washington State, 42-28. This is the first Pac-10 road game for the Bruins.

California is 2-2, and coming off a bye week. They lost their only conference game this season, Sept. 25 to Arizona, 10-9 thanks to a late touchdown in an ugly, defensive battle.

The only real change to the preliminary depth chart for UCLA is that freshman Owamagbe Odighizuwa is listed as the starter at left defensive end. Of course, the big question is whether or not quarterback Kevin Prince will be healthy enough to play against Cal. Sophomore Richard Brehaut made his first career start against Washington State on Saturday, completing 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards.

The Bruins have really established their running game in the last three weeks, running for a combined 967 yards on the ground in their last three wins. UCLA has topped 250 yards rushing in each of its last three games, and has won 18 consecutive such games, and is 34-1 since 1990 when they top 250 team rushing yards.

Sophomore sensation Johnathan Franklin has led the way, with three straight 100-yard games, including 216 against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA has lost five straight games to Cal at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, with their last win coming when the No. 2 Bruins beat the Bears, 28-16 in 1998. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Cal, 49-30-1.

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