Kalani Sitake (Photo: USA Today)

Game Week: UCLA v. BYU Facts and Factors

Sep. 13 -- Get all the facts and factors of the UCLA/BYU match-up and series, including the last time UCLA went to Provo, which resulted in a 59-0 shellacking in 2008...

• UCLA travels to Provo (Utah) to take on BYU Saturday at 7:15 PST. The game will be televised on ESPN2, with the action being called by announcers Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti and Kris Budden.

• UCLA is 1-1, losing an overtime game against Texas A&M in College Station, and then last week beating UNLV at the Rose Bowl. 

• UCLA started the season ranked #16/#24, and then fell out of the polls last week after the loss to A&M.

• BYU is 1-1, beating Arizona in its first week, 18-16, and then losing at in-state rival Utah last week, 20-19.

• It will be the 12th meeting for UCLA and BYU in football, with the Bruins leading the series, 8-3.  The last meeting was a year ago, when UCLA won 24-23 on a comeback effort at the Rose Bowl behind Paul Perkins' 219 rushing yards.  

• The last time UCLA played BYU in Provo was disastrous. In 2008, the Bruins were destroyed by the Cougars, 59-0.  It was UCLA's worse loss since 1929.  It was the second game of the Rick Neuheisel era at UCLA, coming off a overtime win against Tennessee the week before and then setting the table for Neuheisel's Bruins to go 4-8 that season. It is considered one of the most devastating defeats for UCLA in its modern football era. 

• UCLA has won 15 of its last 18 non-conference games. It had a streak of 11 straight wins snapped last season when it lost to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl.  UCLA had won all 12 regular season non-conference games under Jim Mora before losing to Texas A&M.

• BYU is 72-123-6 against Pac-12 schools all-time. 

• BYU is led by first-year head coach Kalani Sitake (40). Sitake had spent the 2015 season as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Oregon State, and previous to that spent six seasons at Utah as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator. It's his first head coaching post of his career, replacing Bronco Mendenhall, who took the head-coaching job at Virginia in the off-season. Sitake is a graduate of BYU, played as a fullback under long-time BYU coach LaVell Edwards, and is the first Tongan to be a college head football coach, and was the first Tongan to be a college defensive coordinator when he was promoted at Utah.  It's thought he inherited a BYU program from Mendenhall that was in very good shape, with talent and a good foundation for success.  In Mendenhall's 11 seasons at BYU, he had five double-digit-win seasons, with three of those being 11 wins, a bowl appearance every year and not one losing season, so expectations are high among BYU fans for Sitake. 

• UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has moved up to 9th on the UCLA all-time passing yardage list with 4,278 career yards, moving ahead of Kevin Prince by one yard. Still ahead of him are Bretty Hundley, Cade McNown, Drew Olson, Tom Ramsey, Cory Paus, Troy Aikman, Tommy Maddox and Wayne Cook. 

• UCLA has dominated the fourth quarter in its first two games. They outscored Texas A&M and UNLV 29-0. The time of possession is UCLA 23:12 to 6:51 for A&M/BYU.  Fourth-quarter third-down conversions: UCLA 4 for 6, A&M/BYU 0 for 8. 

• Defensive tackle Eli Ankou led the team with a career-best eight tackles against UNLV.  Ankou has 14 tackles in the first two games and is tied with linebackers Jayon Brown and Kenny Young for the team lead. 

• Since 2011, BYU is an independent, not affiliated with any college football conference.  It's schedule includes three games against foes from the Pac-12, with six games total against Power 5 opponents. 

LaVell Edwards Stadium

• BYU plays its home games at LaVell Edwards Stadium, named after the man who coached at BYU for 29 seasons (1972-2000).  The stadium seats 63,740, and uses natural grass.  It's at an elevation of 4,649 feet above sea level. 

• BYU's best season in its history (which dates back to 1922) was 1984 when, under Edwards, the Cougars went 13-0 and won the national championship.

• Saturday's weather forecast for Provo calls for a high of 77 degrees, with a game time temperature in the mid-60s. 


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