UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes Pac-12 South Football Preview

UCLA (4-4, 2-3) travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah (4-4, 1-4) on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. MT/ 6:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by FS1. The home team has come up short in each of the last four meetings in the series, with UCLA posting wins in Salt Lake City on their last two trips in 2015 and 2013.

In 2013, the then-No. 12 UCLA Bruins came away with a 34-27 victory in a back-and-forth game played on a Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. In 2015, UCLA kept alive its South Division title hopes and ended the Utes' Pac-12 title hopes with a 17-9 victory.

Then-true freshman Josh Rosen threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in 2015 as UCLA kept alive its South Division title hopes. The Bruins scored touchdowns on two long drives in the first (pass to Thomas Duarte) and third (Paul Perkins run) quarters and that was enough. Perkins added 98 rushing yards and a touchdown while Jordan Payton had a game-high 105 receiving yards for the Bruins. Payton became the all-time school leader in receptions during the contest. Ka'imi Fairbairn put the Bruins up 10-0 with a 33-yard field goal with 4:01 left in the quarter, a score set up by Randall Goforth's recovery of a fumble that ended the Utes' first possession. Utah's four first-half drives produced just two 39-yard field goals by Andy Phillips. Phillips added a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut the Bruins' lead to 10-9. But UCLA's Perkins scored on a two-yard run with 5:17 left in the third quarter to put Utah in a hole that it never recovered from.

In last year's match up in the Rose Bowl, Mike Fafaul made history, setting UCLA records for pass attempts (70) and completions (40) while throwing for 464 yards, third most in school annals at the time. The former walk-on, who started for the second straight game in place of the injured Josh Rosen, had five touchdown passes and four interceptions for the Bruins while posting the third-biggest (at the time) passing performance in UCLA history, trailing only 500-yard games by Cade McNown and Drew Olson. Senior defensive end Takkarist McKinley stood out for the Bruin defense. He recorded six tackles, three sacks, 5.0 tackles for loss, two pass defenses, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Tight end Nate Iese was on the receiving end of eight balls from Fafaul for a total of 146 yards and two scores.

THE WATCH LIST—
• Darren Andrews, who is 3rd in the nation in touchdown catches with 9, entered the all-time top 10 list at the school in career receptions against Colorado. He now sits at T4th with 159 career catches. Andrews needs 20 more catches to tie for third on the school's all-time list and 89 additional yards to become the 12th Bruin with 2,000 receiving yards. He is just the second UCLA receiver to catch at least 40 passes in three straight seasons (other - Kevin Jordan, 1993-95).
• S Jaleel Wadood ranks 21st in the nation and second in the P12 in solo tackles (5.6/g) ... Wadood is tied for the team lead with 57 overall tackles (6th in P12 8.3 per game); LB Kenny Young (57 is 7th in P12 8.1 per game) and S Adarius Pickett (49) are next; CB Nate Meadors tops the team with five pass break-ups; Keisean Lucier-South and Jaelan Phillips lead wth 5.5 TFLs followed by Osa Odighizuwa with 5.0; Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Phillips have 2.5 sacks. The opponent completion % of .548 is third-lowest in the Pac-12.
• The record and current rankings of the teams which have defeated UCLA on the road this season: 26-6-- #22 Memphis 7-1, #18 Stanford 6-2, #23 Arizona 6-2, #12 UW 7-1.
• Last two games: DL Marcus Moore has 11 tackles, 4.5 TFL and a forced fumble; DL Osa Odighizuwa has 7 tackles, 3.0 TFL and fumble return for TD; LB/DE Keisean Lucier-South has made 12 tackles.
• Josh Rosen ranks first in the Pac-12 in passing yards (2,713), passing yards per game (339.1) and total offense (333.9). The last Bruin to lead the Conference in passing yards and total offense was Tommy Maddox in 1990. UCLA's 8.1 yards per passing attempt is tied for 2nd in the P12.
• WR Christian Pabico has 135 receiving yards and 7 catches in last two games...His 99-yard effort vs. Oregon was the most productive game by a Bruin walk-on receiver since Danny Farmer, who started his career as walk-on before getting a scholarship, had 148 vs. ASU in 1999.

THE WATCH LIST—
• Punter Stefan Flintoft, on the Ray Guy Watch List, has placed 13 of his 31 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line; he boomed a career-long 63-yarder against Texas A&M and has five kicks of 50+ yards this season.
• Making their first career starts vs. Texas A&M were DL Boss Tagaloa, DB Octavius Spencer, OL Michael Alves, DL Jealan Phillips, DB Darnay Holmes...DL Nick Terry made his first start vs. Hawai'i...LB Keisean Lucier-South, DB Will Lockett, DL Chigozie Nnoruka, LB Krys Barnes made first starts at Memphis. DL Rick Wade made his first start at Stanford. LB DeChaun Holiday and DL Marcus Moore recorded first starts vs. UO. WR Christian Pabico made his first start at Washington.
• Darnay Holmes recorded his second interception of the season at UW to go along his 30-yard interception return for TD vs. Hawai'i.