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December 17, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA opens the 2013 season against Nevada at the Rose Bowl. There will be two noticeable holes in the Bruins' roster - running back Johnathan Franklin and punter Jeff Locke. UCLA has 18 seniors who must be replaced. Franklin and Locke present the biggest challenges. "You can't replace a Johnathan Franklin and Jeff Locke, both their production and the influence they have on the players around them," Coach Jim Mora said. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule Franklin gathers UCLA running backs at the gate at Spaulding Field before practice.
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December 3, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Running back Johnathan Franklin and linebacker Anthony Barr have been  named UCLA's offensive and defensive most valuable players. Franklin set a UCLA single-season rushing  record with 1,700 yards. He also set the school career rushing record with 4,369 yards. Barr moved from receiver to linebacker this season. His 13.5 sacks were the most in the nation. He also forced four fumbles and blocked a kick. Both players have one game remaining. UCLA plays Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
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December 1, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The 24-hour rule won't be applicable for UCLA this week. The Bruins were so close to going to the Rose Bowl they could see parade floats. Instead, they will await their next marching orders. Stanford rallied in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 title game Friday, with its Rose Bowl spot guaranteed when UCLA's Ka'imi Fairbairn's 52-yard field goal attempt fell well short with 34 seconds left. Now the Bruins have to move on. The Valero Alamo Bowl and Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl are the two possible destinations.
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November 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
PALO ALTO - With conference realignment once again all the rage in college football, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott said he had no plans for expansion. He also offered this caveat: "In my short three years-plus here, I've learned never to say never. " Scott said he was happy with the current 12-school configuration. "While the sands of the college landscape will continue to shift, no doubt, going forward, I feel like we're in a very strong position," he told reporters during a news conference before the conference championship game Friday evening at Stanford.
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November 30, 2012 | By Chris Foster
PALO ALTO -- The hopping and bopping on the UCLA sideline began as soon as the third quarter ended. Stanford players held off on their dancing until the end. When a 52-yard field-goal attempt by UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn came up short with 34 seconds left, so had the Bruins. Moments later, Cardinal players exploded from the sideline and all that was left for the Bruins was a long walk out the tunnel, with Stanford fans tossing rose petals on them. Stanford's 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on a drizzly Friday night in Stanford Stadium meant the Rose Bowl for the Cardinal (11-2)
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November 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein
PALO ALTO -- Johnathan Franklin appeared calm and composed as he took questions outside UCLA's locker room Friday night. However, the fifth-year senior running back acknowledged that tears had been flowing after the No. 17 Bruins lost to No. 8 Stanford, 27-24, in the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Stanford Stadium. The defeat meant the humble Franklin and fellow seniors would not finish their careers with an appearance in the Rose Bowl. "It's been a long time since I cried after a game," he said.
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November 30, 2012 | Times staff reports
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (final) A 51-yard field-goal attempt by Ka'imi Fairbairn fell short and wide left. The kick was attempted with 39 seconds left in an interesting choice by UCLA Coach Jim Mora. The Bruins, who were out of timeouts, faced a fourth-and-five situation from the Stanford 34, and they tried the field goal instead of going for a first down and the chance for a few more plays. Fairbairn, a freshman kicking on a wet field, had one field goal of longer than 35 yards on his college resume -- a 48-yarder against Stanford last Saturday.
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November 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein
PALO ALTO -- UCLA started fast and showed it could handle a quick turnaround against a Stanford team that had defeated the Bruins soundly six days ago. But by the end of Friday night's Pac-12 Conference championship game, the No. 8-ranked Cardinal outlasted the No. 17 Bruins for a berth in the Rose Bowl. When Kai'imi Fairbairn's 52-yard field-goal attempt fell short, Stanford had secured a 27-24 victory at Stanford Stadium, sending the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl game for the first time since the 1999 season.
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November 27, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Jim Mora is sitting on the edge of a chair in a tiny, windowless room, a place better suited for a Homeland Security chat than a newspaper interview. The setting, in a space adjacent to UCLA's sports information department, is as close as an outsider can get to the football coach's upstairs office without proper clearance and possibly a retina scan. Mora, 51, is always busy, nearly always serious, and at times alarmingly intense. And sure enough, the baseball cap he's wearing, the brim frayed from all the tugging, is pulled down so tight that it barely reveals his eyes.
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November 24, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA has six days to get better. A whole lot better. The atmosphere was more than different in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. It was a complete role reversal. The giddiness that followed a victory over USC a week earlier was replaced by long faces. Players piled into the student section after beating the Trojans. This time they trudged off the field with hangdog looks. A dose of Stanford will do that. The 11th-ranked Cardinal mauled the Bruins in a 35-17 victory Saturday.
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