UCLA In National, Pac-10 Stats

Here's how UCLA stacks up in statistical rankings after three weeks of the season, with some individuals like Johnathan Franklin and Kai Forbath moving up the lists, and UCLA's defense collecting some impressive rankings...

UCLA IN THE 2009 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS 

INDIVIDUAL

* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose running: T-89th NCAA, 12th Pac-10 (110.00); receptions per game: T-15th Pac-10(3.00); kickoff returns: 18th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10 (30.00); punt returns: 29th NCAA, 3rd Pac-10 (10.86)
* Taylor Embree -- receptions per game: T-20th Pac-10 (2.33); receiv. yds:17th Pac-10 (38.00)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: 2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (3.00); scoring: 15th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (11.00); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (11.00)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: T-45th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (80.67); total offense: 14th in Pac-10 (80.67)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 19th in Pac-10 (38.67)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: T-18th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (43.50)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles: T-4th Pac-10 (8.00)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-26th in NCAA, T-4th Pac-10 (1.67); sacks: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* Rahim Moore -- interceptions: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (1.67); passes defensed: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (3.00)
* Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: T-5th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac-10 (1.00)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: T-10th in Pac-10 (6.67); TFL: T-16th in Pac-10 (0.83)
* Akeem Ayers -- TFL: T-9th Pac-10 (1.00); sacks: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* David Carter -- sacks: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-9th Pac-10 (1.00)

TEAM
Rushing Offense:  74th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (134.00)
Passing Offense:  98th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (167.33)
Total Offense:  105th in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (301.33)
Scoring Offense:  T-75th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (25.00)
Rushing Defense:  14th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (74.33)
Pass Effiency Defense: 7th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (82.23)
Total Defense: 16th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (251.00)
Scoring Defense: 17th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (12.67)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (32.5%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: T-14th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (26.7%)
Red Zone Offense: T-5th in Pac-10 (88.9%)
Red Zone Defense: T-14th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (66.7%)
Turnover Margin: T-20th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (+1.00)
Kickoff Returns: 15th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (28.38)
Punt Returns: 38th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (10.86)
Net Punting: 5th in Pac-10 (36.83)
Turnovers Gained: T-6th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (9)
Passes Intercepted: T-2nd in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (8)
Sacks Allowed: 4th in Pac-10 (1.67)
Sacks: T-17th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (3.00)
Tackles For Loss: 25th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (7.33)

RED ZONE
* On the year, UCLA has converted eight of nine (88.9%) Red Zone chances for 40 points (four touchdowns - two passing and two rushing - and four field goals).
* On the year, opponents have converted six of nine (66.7%) Red Zone opportunities for 29 points - three touchdowns (one passing, two running) and three field goals.

TURNOVERS
* In 2009, UCLA has caused nine turnovers (eight interceptions and one fumble) which have led to 17 points (two touchdowns and one field goal).
* In 2009, UCLA has committed six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles) and just one has been converted for seven points (one touchdown).

TEAM NOTES
* UCLA is off to a 3-0 season start for the first time since 2005.
*The UCLA defense has held each of its three opponents to fewer than 300 yards total offense (SDSU - 277, Tennessee - 208 and Kansas State - 268). It has allowed just four touchdowns in the three games and just two in the last two games (one of those was on an 11-yard drive at Tennessee).
* UCLA's defense allowed opponent offenses to convert just 33 of 108 (30.6%) third down conversion attempts in the final eight games of 2008. In three games this season, it has allowed opponents to convert just 26.7% (12  of 45) - T-14th in NCAA and second in the Pac-10. In the last 11 contests, that adds up to a total of 45-153 (29.4).

UCLA PLAYER NOTES          
Redshirt senior KEVIN CRAFT (#3) played one snap in the 2009 season opener against San Diego State. He did not play at Tennessee.
He earned the start versus Kansas State and led the Bruins to a 23-9 victory. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 186 yards with one touchdown and one interception. On UCLA's initial possession, he marched the Bruins 64 yards on 11 playds to take a lead they would never relinquish. In the fourth quarter, he hooked up with Terrence Austin for a 51-yard touchdown play to give UCLA a 23-9 lead with 6:18 remaining. It was the longest completion of his career and UCLA's long offensive scoring play since the 2007 Oregon State game when Ben Olson and Brandon Breazell connected on a 69-yard touchdown.

Redshirt freshman tailback JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN (#23) led the Bruins with 119 net yards on 23 carries against Kansas State. He scored UCLA's first touchdown on a three-yard run and also had a rush of 36 yards, the longest of his career. He became the first Bruin to rush for at least 100 yards since Chris Markey did it in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl. His 119 yards were the most by a Bruin since Kahlil Bell ran for 142 in the 2007 win over California.
He leads the Bruins with 242 rushing yards, averaging 80.7 yards per contest, and is sixth in the Pac-10.

UCLA has started the same five offensive linemen (true freshman LT XAVIER SU'A-FILO, true sophomore LG JEFF BACA, redshirt sophomore C KAI MAIAVA, redshirt junior JC transfer RG EDDIE WILLIAMS and redshirt sophomore RT MIKE HARRIS) in all three games in 2009.  In 2008, UCLA started nine different combinations in 12 games and no combination in more than three straight games. UCLA did not allow a sack versus Kansas State and has allowed just two in the last two contests.                                        
One of the best defensive tackles in the college game, true junior defensive tackle BRIAN PRICE (#92) ranks 26th (tied) in the NCAA and fourth (tied) in the Pac-10 with 1.67 tackles for loss per game. He leads the team with 5.0 tackles for loss and is tied for the lead with 2.0 sacks. His 11.0 tackles are tied for the team lead among defensive linemen.
He has made 26 tackles for loss in his last 19 games (1.37/g) dating back to the 2007 season.

Redshirt senior middle linebacker REGGIE CARTER (#51), is on the the pre-season Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award and the Lott Trophy, both presented to the nation's top defensive player. He is also among the candidates for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
In three games in 2009, he leads the Bruins with 24 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. His average of 8.0 tackles is fourth (tied) in the Pac-10. In the opener versus San Diego State, he led the Bruins with six tackles, including five solos and 0.5 for loss. In the win at Tennessee, he led the Bruins with 14 tackles, one for loss and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. He was credited with tackle assists on third and fourth down of UCLA's goal line stand with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Against Kansas State, he made four solo tackles and forced a fumble.

Fifth-year senior KYLE BOSWORTH (#54) is second on the squad with 20 tackles (T-10th in Pac-10 with 6.7 average) and fourth with 2.5 tackles for loss. In the opener versus San Diego State, he led the team with 2.0 tackles for loss and had four tackles. At Tennessee, he was second to Reggie Carter with 10 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and two quarterback hurries. He, along with Carter, was credited with a tackle assist on the fourth down stop at the one-yard line to preserve the win. Against Kansas State, he was second with six tackles (five solos).

True senior cornerback ALTERRAUN VERNER (#1), a pre-season All-America selection, ranks fifth (tied) in the NCAA, third (tied) in the Pac-10 and second on the team with his average of 1.00 interceptions per game. He is fourth on the squad and second among defensive backs with his 13 tackles. In the victory versus Kansas State, he made two interceptions to increase his career total to 11 and added five tackles. His first interception set set the stage for UCLA's touchdown drive on its opening possession.

True sophomore free safety RAHIM MOORE (#3) is off to a great start in 2009. He made three interceptions in the opener against San Diego State to tie the UCLA single-game record held by Ron Carver (Texas 1971), Craig Rutledge (Oregon State 1986) and Darryl Henley (Oregon State 1986). He also broke up a fourth pass and made one tackle.  For his efforts, Moore was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. He also was nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award.
At Tennessee, he made two more interceptions, had a third erased by an offside penalty, and also made six tackles. He was credited with a tackle assist on third down of UCLA's goal line stand to preserve the victory.
Against Kansas State, he made four tackles (three solos) and defensed three passes.
On the year, he already has five interceptions. In 2007, Trey Brown led the Bruins with five interceptions and Matt Ware led the team with five in 2001. The last Bruin to make more interceptions in a season is Larry Atkins, who had six in 1997. He now has eight in 14 career games.
Moore leads the nation with his five interceptions and 1.67 average and also leads the country in passes defensed (3.00).

Redshirt junior place kicker KAI FORBATH (#25), a member of the Groza Award pre-season Watch List, has earned numerous pre-season All-America honors this season. In 2008, he earned third-team All-America acclaim from Associated Press and second-team All-Pac-10 honors from the league's coaches.
Forbath started the 2009 season in grand style against San Diego State. He made field goals of 49 and 50 yards and converted three of four PATs (the other was blocked) for nine points. The 50-yard field goal was the seventh of his career of at least 50 yards, a new school record.
At Tennessee, he made a career-best four field goals in five attempts and added one PAT for 13 points. He converted on kicks of 26, 39, 31 and 47 yards and missed from 51 yards on the final play of the first half. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Against Kansas State, he scored 11 points, converting all three field goal attempts (39, 35 and 40) and both PATs.
On the year, he has made nine of 10 field goals and six of seven PATs for 33 points. He ranks second in the nation in field goals (3.00) and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.00).
Forbath has converted 22 of his last 23 field goals and had a string of 16 straight successes (final 13 of 2008 and the first three of 2009) snapped at Tennessee when he missed wide from 51 yards.  
He now ranks fourth in school history with 53 field goals and 10th in career scoring with 216 points in just 28 games.

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