CAL AT UCLA
RECORDS: Cal 5-6, 2-6in Pac-12; UCLA 5-6, 3-5in Pac-12 KICKOFF: Friday, 7:30p.m. at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena TV: FS1 RADIO: KGO 810 SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 53-33-1. Calwon 3610last year in Berkeley as Davis Webb passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns, Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 116yards and Matt Anderson kicked five field goals. The Bears have not beaten UCLA at the Rose Bowl since 2009.
STORYLINES: It’s likely win or go home for both teams. The Bears and Bruins are aiming for a sixth victory and bowl eligibility … UCLA plays for the first time since six-year coach Jim Mora Jr., was fired Sunday after a third straight defeat to rival USC. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was named interim coach … Cal is coming off a 17-14defeat to rival Stanford, its eighth straight Big Game loss … The Bears will try to exploit UCLA’s porous run defense. The Bruins are allowing 288.7rushing yards per game — second-worst in FBS. Cal junior Patrick Laird, who rushed for 153yards at Stanford, has topped 100four times and needs just 51yards to reach 1,000for the season.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has lost 12straight Pac-12 road games and UCLA is 5-0at the Rose Bowl this season for the first time since 2013… Ross Bowers needs 203yards to become just the fifth different Cal quarterback to pass for 3,000yards in a season, joining Pat Barnes, Nate Longshore, Jared Goff (3times) and Webb … UCLA junior Josh Rosen, expected to be a high NFL draft pick if he opts to leave school, will become the Bruins’ single-season passing leader if he throws for 226yards. He averages 351.5yards, tops in the Pac-12 … Cal has improved its scoring defense from allowing 42.6points per game a year ago to 28.3. —Jeff Faraudo