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The 2010 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Coached by third-year head coach Rick Neuheisel, they opened the season on the road against the Kansas State Wildcats on September 4, 2010.[1] The next three games were against ranked opponents, and after a road win at #7 (AP) Texas, expectations for the Bruins dampened by their 0–2 start began to rise again. However, the season turned for the worse and included two three-game losing streaks against Pac-10 opponents, the latter to end the season on a three-game skid. The Bruins, coming off a bowl win the year before, found themselves ineligible for bowl play with their 4–8 overall record and finished ninth in the Pac-10.

2010 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA Bruins logo.svg
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
2010 record4–8 (2–7 Pac-10)
Head coachRick Neuheisel (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorNorm Chow
Defensive coordinatorChuck Bullough
Home stadiumRose Bowl
(Capacity: 91,136)
Uniform
Pac-10-Uniform-UCLA-2010.png
Seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Oregon $   9 0         12 1  
No. 4 Stanford %   8 1         12 1  
USC   5 4         8 5  
Washington   5 4         7 6  
Arizona   4 5         7 6  
Arizona State   4 5         6 6  
Oregon State   4 5         5 7  
California   3 6         5 7  
UCLA   2 7         4 8  
Washington State   1 8         2 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • † – USC ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

Player injuries and other attrition depleted UCLA of its roster depth, while true freshmen were forced into action and seniors who were previously reserves became starters; a quarterback who had attempted only 17 passes in his career became the starter.[2]

Contents

RecruitmentEdit

The first Wednesday in February was the start of signing day in college football, February 3, 2010 – April 1, 2010. For midyear junior college transfer, the period was December 16, 2009 to January 15, 2010.

UCLA's recruits:[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Darius Bell
QB
San Francisco City College of San Francisco 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 218 lb (99 kg) N/A Jul 13, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Casey Griffiths
OT
Sacramento, California American River College 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 280 lb (130 kg) N/A Jul 13, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Owamagbe Odighizuwa
DE
Portland, Oregon David Douglas High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.70 Feb 3, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Dietrich Riley
S
La Cañada Flintridge, California St. Francis High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.50 Feb 3, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Anthony Jefferson
CB
Los Angeles, California Cathedral High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.50 Feb 3, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Jordan Zumwalt
MLB
Huntington Beach, California Edison High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.70 Feb 3, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Sealii Epenesa
DT
Honolulu, HI Iolani High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.4 Jan 29, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Cassius Marsh
DT
Westlake Village, California Oaks Christian High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.90 Jan 26, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 79
Anthony Barr
OLB
Torrance, California Loyola High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.55 Jan 21, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Wade Yandall
OG
Carson, California Carson High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.40 Jan 10, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 73
Kip Smith
K
Broomfield, Colorado Legacy High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) N/A Nov 23, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 80
Aramide Olaniyan
OLB
Woodberry Forest, Virginia Woodberry Forest School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.60 Nov 16, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Jordon James
RB
Corona, California Corona High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.45 Nov 12, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 83
Eric Kendricks
MLB
Fresno, California Herbert Hoover High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 4.60 Nov 3, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
John Young
TE
Los Angeles, California Loyola High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.70 Nov 1, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 73
Kody Innes
OT
Scottsdale, Arizona Saguaro High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 273 lb (124 kg) 4.90 Oct 29, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 77
Chris Ward
OG
Santa Ana, California Mater Dei High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.30 Oct 10, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 79
Malcolm Jones
RB
Westlake Village, California Oaks Christian High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.60 Oct 8, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Derrick Bryant
DE
Columbus, Ohio Brookhaven High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.55 Sep 20, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 76
Wesley Flowers
DT
Fresno, California Edison High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 4.90 Jun 23, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 75
Tevin McDonald
CB
Fresno, California Edison High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 4.60 Jun 18, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14   Rivals: 8  247Sports: 10  ESPN: 10
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 16, 2015.

Spring practiceEdit

  • Week One – April 1 (4:00 p.m.), April 2 (4:00 p.m.) and April 3 (12:00 noon)
  • Week Two – April 6 (4:00 p.m.), April 8 (4:00 p.m.), April 9 (4:00 p.m.) and April 11 (11:00 a.m.)
  • Week Three – April 12 (4:00 p.m.), April 13 (4:00 p.m.), April 15 (4:00 p.m.) and April 16 (4:00 p.m.)
  • Week Four – April 19 (4:00 p.m.), April 20 (4:00 p.m.), April 22 (2:30 p.m.)
  • Spring Game – April 24, 7 p.m., Rose Bowl

Pre-season practiceEdit

NotesEdit

Key playersEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 412:30 PMat Kansas State*ABC/ESPN2L 22–3151,059[4]
September 117:30 PMNo. 25 StanfordESPNL 0–3556,931[5]
September 187:30 PMNo. 23 Houston*
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSNW 31–1354,407[6]
September 2512:30 PMat No. 7 Texas*ABC/ESPNW 34–12101,437[7]
October 212:30 PMWashington State
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSPTW 42–2862,072[8]
October 912:30 PMat CaliforniaFSNL 7–3561,664[9]
October 216:00 PMat No. 1 OregonESPNL 13–6059,372[10]
October 3012:30 PMNo. 15 Arizona 
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FSNL 21–2953,408[11]
November 64:00 PMOregon State
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
VersusW 17–1464,330[12]
November 185:00 PMat WashingtonESPNL 7–2462,347[13]
November 2612:30 PMat Arizona StateFSNL 34–5544,555[14]
December 47:30 PMUSC
FSNL 14–2871,105[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summariesEdit

Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 10 3 9 22
Wildcats 7 0 10 14 31

Last year, the Bruins defeated the Wildcats 23-9 at the Rose Bowl.

1st quarter scoring: KSU – Daniel Thomas 1 yd. run (A. Cantele kick).

2nd quarter scoring: UCLA – Kevin Prince 11 yd. run (Kai Forbath kick); Kai Forbath 44 yd. field goal.

3rd quarter scoring: KSU – William Powell 28 yd. run (Cantele, A. kick); UCLA – Kai Forbath 35 yd. field goal; KSU – A. Cantele 35 yd. field goal.

4th quarter scoring: UCLA – Kai Forbath 42 yd. field goal; KSU – Brodrick Smith 5 yd. pass from Coffman; KSU – Carson (A. Cantele kick); UCLA – Ricky Marvray 29 yd. pass from Prince; UCLA – Kevin Prince (Kevin Prince pass failed); KSU – Daniel Thomas 35 yd. run (A. Cantele kick).

StanfordEdit

 
Stanford Cardinal visits UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Cardinal 10 3 15 7 35
Bruins 0 0 0 0 0

This game was the first time the Cardinal defeated the Bruins at the Rose Bowl since 1996.[16] This was the first shutout UCLA had suffered in the twenty-first century, since a 17–0 loss to California on October 16, 1999.[16] This was the first time Stanford had achieved a road shutout against an opponent since 1974.[16] This was the first time since 1941 that Stanford shutout UCLA.[17]

HoustonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Cougars 3 0 0 10 13
Bruins 7 14 10 0 31

UCLA upset No. 23 ranked Houston in front of the home crowd in the Rose Bowl. Matt Hogan kicked a 29-yard field goal to give the Cougars the first quarter lead. Johnathan Franklin answered with an 11-yard run for a Bruins 7-3 lead. The Bruins scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Kevin Prince ran for a 2-yard touchdown and Franklin added a 1-yard run touchdown.

In the third quarter, UCLA had a 42-yard field goal by Kai Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner, and a touchdown again by Franklin (12 yards). Houston scored twice in the fourth quarter, on James Cleveland's 10-yard pass from quarterback Terrance Broadway and on Matt Hogan's 31-yard field goal. There were seven turnovers, including interceptions by UCLA's Rahim Moore and Akeem Ayers.

Two Houston quarterbacks, Case Keenum and Cotton Turner, were injured in the game and are out for the season.

Patrick Larimore, who had a career-high and team-high 11 tackles (10 solos), including three for loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass in the game was named Pac-10 Conference defensive player of the week. He was also named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.

TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 13 14 7 34
#7 Longhorns 3 0 3 6 12

Thirteen years after beating Texas on "Rout 66", the Bruins upended the No. 7 ranked Longhorns 34-12 with touchdowns by Johnathan Franklin and Kevin Prince in front of a stadium-record crowd of 101,437 in Austin, Texas. Franklin scored an 11-yard touchdown on his 118-yard day, while Prince had two touchdowns, a 38-yard run and a 1-yard pass to Ricky Marvray. Kai Forbath kicked two field goals, 39 and 49 yards, and missed one for the Bruins. The final touchdown was made by UCLA's Derrick Coleman on a 29-yard run.

Justin Tucker kicked two field goals, 31 and 34 yards, and James Kirkendoll scored on a 5-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert for Texas. Now the Bruins have beaten two teams from the State of Texas in consecutive weeks. The Longhorns turned the ball over to the Bruins five times during the contest.

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 14 14 0 28
Bruins 7 13 8 14 42

The Bruins came from behind to score the final three touchdowns, one by quarterback Richard Brehaut (1-yard run) and two by running back Derrick Coleman (1 and 4-yard runs) to defeat the Cougars at home.[18]

Quarterback Brehaut played in place of injured Kevin Prince and made 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards in his first career start. Coleman had a banner game, scoring three rush touchdowns and a 73-yard long run in the fourth quarter. Franklin accounted for 216 of UCLA's 437 rushing yards, his first. Kicker Kai Forbath now has kicked 80 field goals, including the 33-yard and 20-yard field goals in this game.

Winning with 565 total offense yards, UCLA has a 38-18-1 record on Washington State.

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 0 7 0 7
Golden Bears 14 14 0 7 35

Cal has a record of 8-6 coming off a bye week in Jeff Tedford's years at Cal and the Bears have beaten UCLA five consecutive times at home.

OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 3 3 7 13
#1 Ducks 15 17 14 14 60

ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Wildcats 7 12 7 3 29
Bruins 7 0 7 7 21

Oregon StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 7 0 7 0 14
Bruins 7 0 7 3 17

The Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 51-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with one second left in the game to give UCLA a 17-14 victory over the visiting Beavers. With 1:17 left in the game, Forbath missed a 46-yard field goal, which went wide left. Originally, the field officials had ruled that UCLA had no time left, but the challenge gave the Bruins one more second left to set up the field goal try.

Richard Brehaut scored for UCLA in the first quarter with a seven-yard run and Joe Halahuni did the same for Oregon State with a 28-yard pass from Ryan Katz.

In the third quarter, Markus Wheaton ran for 22-yard touchdown for the Beavers lead and Johnathan Franklin scored from the 1-yard line for a Bruins touchdown to tie the game.

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 7 0 0 0 7
Huskies 0 7 3 14 24

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 17 3 7 7 34
Sun Devils 7 14 17 17 55

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler threw 4 touchdown passes while UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut had three. The defeat ended UCLA's hope of a bowl game in December.

USCEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 7 7 0 14 28
Bruins 7 0 0 7 14

Jonathan Franklin ran for 109 yards and one touchdown in a loss to USC. The Bruins ended the season losing six of their last seven games.

Before kickoff, fans of both teams were involved in a fight which eventually led to two participants being stabbed. Violence occurred outside Rose Bowl in 2008 as well, when nearly 50 were arrested.[19]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • September 20 – UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore, who had a career-high and team-high 11 tackles (10 solos), including three for loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass in the upset of No. 23 Houston on September 18 was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.[20]
  • September 27 – Center Ryan Taylor and linebacker Sean Westgate were named Pac-10 Players of the Week. Akeem Ayers named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The team was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 25.
  • Nine Bruins received All-Pacific-10 honors: First team – Junior safety Rahim Moore and junior linebacker Akeem Ayers; Second team – Senior place kicker Kai Forbath, sophomore running back Johnathan Franklin and sophomore punter Jeff Locke ; Honorable mention – Junior running back/special teams performer Derrick Coleman, junior safety Tony Dye, senior center Ryan Taylor and junior linebacker Sean Westgate.
  • December 9, 2010 – Linebacker Akeem Ayers was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation second-team All-America.[21]
All-America teams
  • Linebacker Akeem Ayers and safety Rahim Moore, Associated Press, third-team
  • Punter Jeff Locke and Akeem Ayers, Sports Illustrated, honorable mention
  • Akeem Ayers, Phil Steele's Magazine,second-team
  • Long-snapper Christian Yount and Rahim Moore, Steele's, fourth-team All-America
  • Free safety Rahim Moore, Sporting News magazine, first-team

CoachesEdit

 
Head Coach Rick Neuheisel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pac-10 and UCLA Announce 2010 Football Schedule Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine, UCLA Department of Athletics, January 4, 2010
  2. ^ "Neuheisel's reign tougher than expected". ESPNLosAngeles.com. July 28, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  3. ^ UCLA rallies to a strong finish on signing day, Los Angeles Daily News, February 3, 2010
  4. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. Kansas State Wildcats Box Score". ESPN. September 4, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "Stanford Cardinal vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. September 11, 2010. Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Houston Cougars vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. September 18, 2010. Archived from the original on September 22, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. Texas Longhorns Box Score". ESPN. September 25, 2010. Archived from the original on September 28, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "Washington State Cougars vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. October 2, 2010. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. California Golden Bears Box Score". ESPN. October 9, 2011. Archived from the original on October 12, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  10. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. Oregon Ducks Box Score". ESPN. October 21, 2010. Archived from the original on October 24, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Arizona Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. October 30, 2010. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  12. ^ "Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. November 6, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  13. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. Washington Huskies Box Score". ESPN. November 18, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  14. ^ "UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Box Score". ESPN. November 26, 2010. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  15. ^ "USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins Box Score". ESPN. December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  16. ^ a b c Yanda, Steve (September 12, 2010). "Saturday's late show". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  17. ^ Fitzgerald, Tom (September 11, 2010). "Stanford punishes UCLA 35-0 in Pac-10 opener". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  18. ^ Final Stats, UCLA Department of Athletics, October 2, 2010
  19. ^ Beacham, Greg (October 5, 2010). "2 stabbed in Rose Bowl brawl before USC-UCLA game". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  20. ^ UCLA's Larimore nabs Nagurski Player of the Week honors, sportswriters.net, September 21, 2010
  21. ^ Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces, Walter Camp Football Foundation, December 9, 2010

BibliographyEdit

  • UCLA Bruins football media guide 2010 Edition (preseason information)