Texas Hasn’t Forgotten Last Time UCLA Came To Austin
UCLA (1-2) at No. 7 Texas (3-0), 12:30 p.m. PST (ABC)
Line: Texas by 15 1/2.
Series Record: Tied 2-2.
Last Meeting: 1998, UCLA won 49-31.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Texas is desperate to crank up its sputtering offense a week a before meeting Big 12 rival No. 8 Oklahoma in Dallas. The Bruins are trying to maintain momentum after they beat up then-No. 23 Houston for their first win of the season. Longhorns fans haven’t forgotten the last time the Bruins came to Austin in 1997 and humiliated Texas 66-3.
UCLA’s big offensive line vs. a Texas defense that has proved it can sack a quarterback but has yet to face a running team like the Bruins. Texas freshman end Jackson Jeffcoat has been a standout pass rusher but weighs just 238 pounds. The Longhorns haven’t given up more than one offensive touchdown in any game this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Texas: Pick a tailback. Any tailback. Just make it a healthy one. Fozzy Whittaker gets the start for the second straight week but he and backups Tre’ Newton and Cody Johnson have struggled with nagging injuries and the running game is in slow motion.
UCLA: TB Johnathan Franklin. He rushed for a career-high 158 yards and three touchdowns last week against Houston, the most yards by a Bruins back since 2007.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Bruins have lost 15 straight against ranked opponents on the road. Texas is 4-3 against Pac-10 teams since 1999 … A rematch for UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who was at USC when the Trojans lost to Texas 41-38 in the 2006 BCS championship game … The first of a two-game contract. Texas travels to UCLA next season.
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