UCLA (1-2) at No. 7 Texas (3-0), 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday
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 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. Texas fans haven't forgotten the
last time the Bruins came came to Austin in 1997 and humiliated the
UCLA's physical offensive line vs. a Texas defense that has
proved it can sack a quarterback but hasn't faced 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 of
their three games.
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.
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 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 BCS championship game after the
2005 season. ... This meeting is the first of a two-game contract.
Texas travels to UCLA next season.