CAL AT UCLA

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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

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