QUICKLY UCLA now lead the series 4-3 (2-2 in Los ngeles/Pasadena), snapping a two-game CU win streak ... The Buffs are now 2-13-1 all-time in the state of California, dropping both two appearances this year (lost 48-7 at Stanford on Oct. 8), the first time CU played in the state twice in the same season; Colorado will travel here twice in 2012, with games at Fresno State and USC ... It was CU’s 23rd straight road loss (17 in league games), dating back to its last win in 2007 (at Texas Tech) ... The Buffs drop to 50-11 dating back to 1985 against unranked opponents in November ... Colorado wore black helmets for just the third time in its history, the first time on the road, thus the inaugural black-white-black look from head-to-toe (these particular black helmets debuted for the USC game back on Nov. 4) ... Hollywood: CU officials invited the South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with animator Eric Stough, all CU alums, to the game but their schedules didn’t allow for them to attend; former CU hoopster-turned-actor, Poncho Hodges, did attend; he’s been in a few movies and cameo appearances on shows such as Law & Order; he’s waiting to see if he’ll get a gig on Season 5 of True Blood (he was in two episodes in Season 4) ... The last time CU played in a game with the Goodyear (or any) blimp overhead was in 2002 (against UCLA at the Rose Bowl) ... UCLA gained 160 of its 260 first half yards on second down, when it converted 7-of-11 times for first downs (including 6-of-9 times on 2nd-&-5 or longer) ... Colorado now has at least one quarterback sack in 42 of the last 44 games ... UCLA’s 339 rushing yards marked the second time the opponent topped 300 this season (Oregon, 371) ... CU will close a regular season with two road games for the first time since 1989 next week at Utah.
BURGER TIME CU coach Jon Embree arranged for the In & Out Burger Cookout Trailer to be at the team hotel (Hilton Glendale) upon the Buffs’ arrival after a quick walk through at the Rose Bowl Friday afternoon; the entire CU contingent were treated to the trendy burgers.
PHOTO OPP Jon Embree posed pregame with son Taylor, a UCLA senior wide receiver, for a senior day portrait since the elder Embree couldn’t be present at the pregame ceremonies; spied by UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel during the shot, Neuheisel yelled toward Taylor, “Hey... no talking to the enemy!” forcing both to laugh. Many in Embree’s family attending the game wore half-jerseys: half Colorado, half UCLA.
INDIVIDUAL LINER NOTES
—P Darragh O’Neill’s second punt, from the UCLA 45, went for a touchback, just the second time this year he had a kick go into the end zone; he came into the game with the third best ratio in the nation of inside-the-20 punts to touchbacks (17-to-1); his first six kicks inside opponent territory had all been placed inside-the-20.
—OG Ryan Miller, who played all but one snap in the first 11 games (724/725), was called for just his second and third penalties all year.
TB RODNEY STEWART (21-77 RUSH, 7-36 RECEIVING) Stewart took over the all-time lead at Colorado in receptions by a running back, as he now has 91; he passed Lee Rouson, who had 86 from 1980-84. He has 959 career receiving yards, already the CU best, and he needs 41 yards at Utah next week to become the 27th player in the NCAA (FBS) history to have 3,000 rush/1,000 receiving in a career.
WR TONEY CLEMONS (3-50-1 TD RECEIVING) He caught a touchdown pass for the fourth straight game; the school record is five, set by WR Rae Carruth during the 1996 season.
QB TYLER HANSEN (31-16-3, 127, 1 TD) He moved into fourth place in career passing yards (5,441; passing Koy Detmer, 5,390) and in total offense (5,915; trails Darian Hagan, 5,808). He is tied John Hessler (1994-97) with his 34th career touchdown pass.
500 X 3 With WR Paul Richardson going over the 500 yard mark in receiving yards (510), he joins WR Toney Clemons (578) and TB Rodney Stewart (561) in becoming the first trio of players at Colorado to attain 500 yards each.
COLORADO INJURIES CU trainers report nothing more than the usual bumps and bruises. Older stuff: CB Parker Orms (hamstring, day-to-day); S Anthony Perkins (high ankle sprain, questionable for Utah).
SCHEDULE CHANGE Jon Embree has moved his weekly Tuesday press conference (Nov. 22) to 8:00 a.m.; with no school, practices and meetings have been moved to earlier in the day. We will have breakfast foods available at 7:30 a.m.
--With the win, the Bruins earned their sixth of the season and have qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.
--The Bruins are now 5-2 all-time against Colorado and 1-1 in games at The Rose Bowl.
--The Bruins went 4-0 in Pac-12 home games this season, the first time they have gone undefeated in conference home contests since they went 4-0 in 2005.
--The 45 points scored were the most since the Bruins had 45 in a win at Stanford on Sept. 1, 2007. The 553 yards of total offense were one short of a season high (554 vs. Houston). The 328 yards rushing were a season high and the most since Oct. 2, 2010 against Washington State (437). The Bruins posted their fifth 200-yard rushing game this season and the ninth over the last two years.
--The 39-point margin of victory was the largest since the Bruins beat Rice by 42 (63-21) on Sept. 10, 2005.
--The six points allowed by the Bruins were the fewest since Oct. 4, 2008 against Washington State (3 pts.). The 229 total yards allowed and the 87 yards rushing were the fewest allowed this season by UCLA’s defense.
--The Bruins are 14-0 under head coach Rick Neuheisel when holding an opponent under 20 points.
--The Bruins have held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing 10 times during Neuheisel’s tenure and have a 9-1 record.
--Redshirt junior quarterback Kevin Prince had a career-high four touchdown passes. The four TD’s were the most for a Bruin since Ben Olson had five at Stanford on Sept. 1, 2007. Prince now has 293 completions in his career, which is eighth on UCLA’s all-time list.
--Redshirt junior running back Johnathan Franklin recorded his 10th-career, 100-yard rushing game. He has 2,550 rushing yards for his career, which moves him past Maurice Jones-Drew into 10th on UCLA’s all-time list.
--The fourth-quarter touchdown by sophomore running back Malcolm Jones was the first of his career.
--Senior wide receiver Nelson Rosario posted his fifth-career, 100-yard receiving game and became the 10th UCLA receiver to surpass 2,000 yards (has 2,091 for his career, which ranks seventh in UCLA history). His 130 career receptions are eighth all-time, two behind fellow senior Taylor Embree, who is seventh with 132. Rosario also has the ninth-best, single-season receiving mark with 890.
--Redshirt junior tight end Joseph Fauria had his fifth and sixth touchdown catches of the season in the first and fourth quarters, the most TD receptions since Marcedes Lewis had 10 in 2005.
--Redshirt junior cornerback Andrew Abbott recorded his first-career, two-interception game.
--Senior linebacker Sean Westgate posted his third interception of the season in the first quarter.
--Redshirt freshman linebacker Eric Kendricks posted his second sack of the season in the first quarter.