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September 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA opened Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl in its version of the missing-man formation. The Bruins' offense sent 11 players on to the field for their first offensive play against New Mexico State, then called receiver Shaquelle Evans back to the sideline. Nick Pasquale was the symbolic starter at receiver. Pasquale died Sept. 8 when he was struck by a car. He had been an inspiration to the Bruins in the year-plus he had been on the team. "Whatever he had to do for the team, he did it," Evans said.
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September 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Big West Conference football has come to town. Well, the remnants of it. New Mexico State dropped by the Rose Bowl on Saturday night to pick up a hefty check and, probably, another loss. Across town, Utah State gave USC everything it could handle before losing, 17-14. These schools are alumni of the Big West. The conference dropped football after the 2000 season, sending teams off into the wild. “I still follow the programs,” Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said.
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September 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA plays New Mexico State at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night and the Bruins are 42 1/2-point favorites. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: Sand kicking UCLA has mixed results recently against teams from non-Bowl Championship Series conferences. The Bruins have a 7-5 record against such teams since 2007. However, those losses were to quality football programs - Houston (2011), Brigham Young (2008 and 2007), Fresno State (2008) and Utah (2007). New Mexico State does not fall into that category.
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September 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Everyone appears to know his role. Back story: UCLA and New Mexico State go into Saturday night's game at the Rose Bowl heading in different directions. The Bruins, ranked 13th, are coming off a 41-21 thumping of Nebraska at Lincoln. The Aggies, who have not had a winning season since 2002, are on 14-game losing streak. Action … New Mexico State Coach Doug Martin: "We are probably playing the hottest team in college football right now. They are probably going to be national title contenders.
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September 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
This could be viewed as the next best thing to another week off for the UCLA football team, giving the Bruins more than two weeks to prepare for the Pac-12 Conference opener at Utah. Coach Jim Mora might scoff at the thought, and there might be a stern look peering out from beneath the brim of his tightly attached baseball cap if asked, but facts are hard to ignore. The Bruins should get a light workout from New Mexico State on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. The Aggies are 0-3 and have lost 14 consecutive games.
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September 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's biggest challenge this week will be internal. The Bruins, fresh from an emotional and a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska, face lowly New Mexico State at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. The Aggies have not had a winning season since 2002. “We have to find a way to get focused for this game and find a way to play better,” said UCLA Coach Jim Mora. “There is a lot of areas for improvement on this football team. We got a vision here of what we want to be and we got to work at that every day.” That could serve as better motivation than trotting out the Aggies' football heritage.
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April 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Reggie Theus played in the NBA for more than a decade, covered the league as a broadcaster and coached the Sacramento Kings. So postseason drama at Staples Center draws his attention. "I've been a Lakers fan since I was a kid," said Theus, who starred at Inglewood High in the mid-1970s, "and I know a lot of guys on the Clippers. " But Theus has no time to be immersed in the playoffs. For the last three weeks, Cal State Northridge's new coach has been busy on campus or on the road recruiting, laying the groundwork to turn around a program.
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January 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Pac-12 didn't do UCLA any favors with the 2013 schedule. The Bruins have back-to-back road games against the conference's top two teams, Stanford and Oregon. They also have difficult road games at Nebraska (Sept. 14) and USC (Nov. 30). The Bruins go to Palo Alto on Oct. 19 to play Stanford, which won the Pac-12 and the Rose Bowl this season. The Cardinal finished seventh in the Associated Press poll. The following week, UCLA travels to Eugene to play Oregon, which won the Fiesta Bowl and finished second nationally.
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November 5, 2011 | By Mike Hiserman
At least DeWayne Walker will always have 13-9. That was his shining moment as UCLA's defensive coordinator in 2006, when the Bruins knocked USC out of the Bowl Championship Series title game by shutting down the Trojans at the Rose Bowl. Nowadays, highlights are few and far between. Walker is in his third season as head coach at New Mexico State, and it looked as if maybe he caught a break when Saturday's opponent, Georgia, was without its top four tailbacks. Unfortunately for Walker, the Bulldogs figured out a way to adjust: They let quarterback Aaron Murray pass.
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September 10, 2011 | By Mike Hiserman
It was a rough week around Ames, Iowa, with the Big 12 Conference backed into a corner as speculation swirled that the league's best football programs might be headed for new homes. All the while, the local team, Iowa State, wasn't being wooed or coveted by anyone. It was simply mentioned among the leftovers after the megaconferences swooped in and picked off the prime targets. But the town's mood improved appreciably Saturday after the Cyclones stunned Iowa, 44-41, in a triple-overtime thriller that was the highest-scoring of the 59 games played between the heated intrastate rivals.
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