Countdown to kickoff: 3 days

Fans react to Washington State's victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Fans react to Washington State’s victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

10 receiving touchdowns by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team
9 returning starters on defense
8th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense last year
7 second-half turnovers for Josh Rosen last year
6 different starting combinations on the offensive line in 2015
5 straight losses to Stanford under head coach Jim Mora
4 different players attempted at least one punt last year

3 HOME LOSSES TO UNRANKED TEAMS IN THE PAST TWO YEARS

Jim Mora brought UCLA toward the top of the conference, but the Bruins have not reached that top step, in part because they’ve been hamstrung by head-scratching home losses.

Three times in the past two years, a top-25 UCLA team entered a home game only to get knocked down by an unranked opponent.

In 2014, it was Utah. In 2015, it was Arizona State and Washington State. UCLA lost to Utah and Arizona State as a top-10 team, being ranked eighth and seventh, respectively, at the time of the games. The loss to Washington State came as the No. 18 team in the nation. Continue reading

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Video: Jim Mora, Conor McDermott, Scott Quessenberry, Kenny Young

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the injury situation, Mique Juarez (spoiler: no update) and Conor McDermott.


Left tackle Conor McDermott talks about facing Myles Garrett, how his extra time before college helped him and working with Nate Iese.


Center Scott Quessenberry talks about getting ready for Texas A&M’s defensive front and preparing for the Kyle Field crowd.


Linebacker Kenny Young talks about Texas A&M, his recruiting history with the school and Noel Mazzone.

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By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 5 days

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

10 receiving touchdowns by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team
9 returning starters on defense
8th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense last year
7 second-half turnovers for Josh Rosen last year
6 different starting combinations on the offensive line in 2015

5 STRAIGHT LOSSES TO STANFORD UNDER JIM MORA

For another season, we ask: Is this the year the Bruins vanquish the Cardinal?

Under head coach Jim Mora, UCLA has never beaten Stanford. It’s five straight losses in four years.

The Bruins are so committed to the cause that they’ve shaped themselves to specifically beat Stanford. They pledged to get bigger to stop the run. The focus on power running was geared to help the offense control the clock and help the defense get used to facing such a bruising scheme.

“It’s time to beat Stanford this year, so I’m glad we’re making the changes we’re making,” linebacker Kenny Young said. “It’s going to help us a lot.”

UCLA’s struggles against the Cardinal even predate Mora. The Bruins haven’t beaten Stanford since 2008. The eight-game losing streak is the longest losing streak UCLA has against any one conference opponent at any time. The next such streak was a seven-game slide against USC from 1999-2005. The final two USC wins of that streak were later vacated.

With Kevin Hogan gone, the door is ajar for another team to snatch the top spot in the conference, although the Cardinal were still voted the media favorites to win the league. They do after all still have Christian McCaffrey, who ran for 243 yards against the Bruins last year.

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Video: Jim Mora, Soso Jamabo, Ishmael Adams, Nate Iese

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the running back competition, playing in College Station and Texas A&M.


Running back Soso Jamabo talks about going back to Texas, competing with the other running backs and working with running backs coach/offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu.


Receiver Ishmael Adams talks about how comfort level at his new position, what his pitch for the No. 1 jersey would be and what the new game jerseys are like.


Tight end Nate Iese talks about refining his catching ability, working with the other tight ends and developing as a blocker.

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VIDEO: Jim Mora, Eddie Vanderdoes, Jayon Brown

Story from Tuesday’s practice about UCLA facing its former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

Notebook about the run defense, Eddie Vanderdoes and Jim Mora on Twitter.

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the beginning of prep for Texas A&M, getting out of camp mode and facing his old offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.


Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about his knee, stopping the run and that one play called “Panda.”


Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about getting ready for the season opener, going against Mazzone in the season opener and how the Bruins stay mentally sharp.

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