UCLA in National, Pac-10 Stats

UCLA as a team is top ten in the nation in rushing defense and pass-efficiency defense, and top 20 in many categories, while Rahim Moore and Alterraun Verner are #1 and #2 in the country for interceptions...

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* Terrence Austin -- all-purpose running: 82nd NCAA, 9th Pac-10 (110.00); receptions/game: T-15th Pac-10(3.00); kickoff returns: T-18th NCAA, 2nd Pac-10 (30.00); punt returns: 33rd NCAA, 4th Pac-10 (10.86)
* Taylor Embree -- recept./ game: T-23rd Pac-10 (2.33); receiv. yds:16th Pac-10 (38.00)
* Kai Forbath -- field goals: T-1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (3.00); scoring: T-11th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (11.00); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (11.00)
* Johnathan Franklin -- rushing: T-40th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (80.67); total offense: 17th in Pac-10 (80.67)
* Derrick Coleman -- rushing: 17th in Pac-10 (38.67)
* Jeff Locke -- punting: T-21st in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (43.50)
* Reggie Carter -- tackles: 5th Pac-10 (8.00)
* Brian Price -- TFL: T-23rd in NCAA, 4th Pac-10 (1.67); sacks: T-9th 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-2nd in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (1.00)
* Kyle Bosworth -- tackles: 15th in Pac-10 (6.67); TFL: T-19th in Pac-10 (0.83)
* Akeem Ayers -- TFL: T-11th Pac-10 (1.00); sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* David Carter -- sacks: T-9th in Pac-10 (0.67)
* Datone Jones -- TFL: T-11th Pac-10 (1.00)

Rushing Offense:  68th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (134.00)
Passing Offense:  101st in NCAA, 9th in Pac-10 (167.33)
Total Offense:  108th in NCAA, 10th in Pac-10 (301.33)
Scoring Offense:  75th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (25.00)
Rushing Defense:  T-9th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (74.33)
Pass Effiency Defense: 4th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (82.23)
Total Defense: 15th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (251.00)
Scoring Defense: 12th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (12.67)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (32.5%)
Third Down Conversion Defense: T-11th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (26.7%)
Red Zone Offense: T-5th in Pac-10 (88.9%)
Red Zone Defense: T-11th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (66.7%)
Turnover Margin: 18th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (+1.00)
Kickoff Returns: 14th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (28.38)
Punt Returns: 49th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (10.86)
Net Punting: 6th in Pac-10 (36.83)
Turnovers Gained: 5th in Pac-10 (9)
Passes Intercepted: T-4th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (8)
Sacks Allowed: 5th in Pac-10 (1.67)
Sacks: 12th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (3.00)
Tackles For Loss: 22nd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (7.33)

* 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). Against San Diego State, UCLA was two of three in the Red Zone with two tds (one rushing, one passing) for 14 points. The other possession ended in a fumble.  At Tennessee, UCLA converted all three opportunities for 13 points (one passing td and two fgs). Against Kansas State, the Bruins scored on all three chances for 13 points (one rushing td and two fgs).
* 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. San Diego State converted one of three Red Zone opportunities for seven points (passing td). UCLA blocked a field goal and made an interception on the other two possessions. Tennessee scored 13 points (one rushing td and two fgs) by converting three of four opportunities. UCLA stopped the fourth with a goalline stand. Kansas State converted both opportunities for nine points (one rushing td, one fg).

* In 2009, UCLA has caused nine turnovers (eight interceptions and one fumble) which have led to 17 points (two touchdowns and one field goal). Against San Diego State, UCLA made three interceptions (all by Rahim Moore) but did not convert any into scores. At Tennessee, UCLA caused four turnovers and converted two into 10 points (one td, one fg). Against Kansas State, UCLA made two interceptions (both by Alterraun Verner) and converted one into a touchdown.
* In 2009, UCLA has committed six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles) and just one has been converted for seven points (one td). Against San Diego State, UCLA had two interceptions and one fumble but none were turned into points. At Tennessee, UCLA lost just one fumble and it led to Tennessee's only touchdown of the game. Kansas State had two takeaways (one fumble, one interception) but neither led to points.

GAME 4 — UCLA (3-0) will open the Pac-10 schedule with an Oct. 3 meeting at Stanford (3-1, 2-0 in Pac-10). Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. on.  The UCLA /ISP Sports Radio Network (KLAC 570 AM, the Los Angeles flagship station) will broadcast the contest with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook mikeside. That radio feed will also be carried live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 121 on Sirius).  UCLA is the only unbeaten team in the Pac-10 Conference.        
WATCH US — The following Bruins are on the list of players "To Watch" for the major post-season awards: senior DT Brian Price -- Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player), Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman), Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman); senior CB Alterraun Verner--Ronnie Lott Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back); senior LB Reggie Carter--Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi; senior DE Korey Bosworth-- Rotary Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end); senior LB Kyle Bosworth--Rotary Lombardi; senior TE Ryan Moya--John Mackey Award (nation's top tight end); senior TE Logan Paulsen--Mackey; junior PK Kai Forbath--Lou Groza Award (nation's top place kicker).

* UCLA lost last year's Pac-10 opener to Arizona in Pasadena. It opened the 2007 season with a win at Stanford.
* UCLA is off to a 3-0 season start for the first time since 2005.
* The last time a Bruin team opened a season surrendering less points (38 in 2009) after three games was in 1992 (31---14 v. Cal State Fullerton, 10 at BYU, 7 v. San Diego State).
*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).

Redshirt freshman JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN (#23) saw the first action of his career in the season-opener against San Diego State, starting at tailback. On his first carry, he outran defenders to his left and scored a 12-yard touchdown. On the afternoon, he carried 12 times for 43 yards and one score. He started at Tennessee and rushed for 80 yards on 17 attempts. He also made one reception for 10 yards and a first down. In the win over Kansas State, he led the Bruins with 119 net yards on 23 carries. 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 seventh in the Pac-10.

True senior TERRENCE AUSTIN (#4) accounted for 160 all-purpose yards in the opener versus San Diego State. On offense, he tied for the team lead with six receptions (37 yards) and his six-yard touchdown reception gave the Bruins a 23-14 halftime lead. He also returned two kickoffs for 98 yards and three punts  for 25 yards. His 65-yard return on a pooch kickoff gave the Bruins possession on the 12-yard line trailing 14-3 and UCLA scored on the next play.
At Tennessee, he accounted for 93 all-purpose yards, including 52 on three kickoff returns, 32 on two punt returns and nine on one reception. Against Kansas State, he made two receptions for 58 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch-and-run with 6:18 remaining in the game to give UCLA a 23-9 lead. It was UCLA's longest scoring play since the 2007 Oregon State game. He added 19 yards on two punt returns for 77 all-purpose yards.
Austin ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (110.00), 18th (tied) in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (30.00), 33rd in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 in punt returns (10.86) and 15th (tied) in the Pac-10 in receptions (3.00).  He also leads the team with nine receptions.
For his career, Austin ranks fourth in kickoff returns (51), fourth in punt returns (69), 18th in all-purpose yards (2,937) and 24th in receptions (81).

One of the best defensive tackles in the college game, true junior defensive tackle BRIAN PRICE (#92) is a pre-season All-America selection and on the "Watch List" for the 2009 Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy (both for nation's best defensive player), Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman). He was voted first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches in 2008.
On the year, he ranks 23rd (tied) in the NCAA and fifth 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. In the opener versus San Diego State, Price made three tackles, one for loss. At Tennessee, he made a career-best two quarterback sacks and two other tackles for loss among his career-high-tying five solo stops. Against Kansas State, he made three tackles. 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 fifthin the Pac-10. In the opener versus San Diego State, he led the Bruins with six tackles, including 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 tackles and forced a fumble.

Fifth-year senior KYLE BOSWORTH (#54) is on the pre-season Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. He received a substitute year of eligibility after being injured in the second game of the 2008 season at BYU.
Bosworth is second on the squad with 20 tackles (15th 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, is on the 2009 pre-season "watch list" of the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award (all for the nation's top defender), as well as the Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back). He was selected second-team All-Pac-10 by the leagues' coaches last season and also earned a spot on the Pac-10's All-Academic first team for the second straight year.
In the 2009 opener versus San Diego State, Verner made two tackles. He scored the fourth touchdown of his career when he returned a blocked field goal attempt 70 yards for the final score of the game. At Tennessee, he made six tackles and an interception. 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.
He ranks second (tied) in the NCAA, second (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. He has made 11 interceptions in his career.
Last season, Verner ranked second on the squad with 73 tackles. He led the nation and the Pac-10 with 1.67 pass defenses per game.  Verner tallied six tackles and picked off his seventh career pass in the opener against Tennessee. At BYU, he was credited with a career-high 13 tackles. Versus Washington State, he made his second interception of the year to set up a touchdown and forced a fumble.
True sophomore free safety RAHIM MOORE (#3) 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 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 penalty, and 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 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 15 career games.
Moore leads the nation with his five interceptions and 1.67 average and also leads the country in passes defensed (3.00).

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.
On the year, he has made nine of 10 field goals and six of seven PATs for 33 points. He ranks first (tied) in the nation in field goals (3.00) and second in the Pac-10 and 11th (tied) nationally in scoring (11.00).
Forbath has converted 22 of his last 23 field goals (has made six straight) 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 ranks fourth in school history with 53 field goals and 10th in career scoring with 216 points in just 28 games.
Forbath made field goals of 49 and 50 yards and converted three of four PATs (the other was blocked) for nine points in the 2009 opener against San Diego State. 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. 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.

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