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Texas’ schedule talk: UCLA

Posted August 14th, 2014

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  • Did you know that in his two seasons as UCLA’s coach, Jim Mora’s teams are 17-0 when leading at halftime?
  • Did you know that these two schools didn’t play from 1971 to 1997 — 26 years?
  • Did you know that last year, UCLA’s Myles Jack was the Pac-12’s freshman of the year on offense AND defense?

We’re spending these next nine days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas and Texas-BYU.

Game 3: Sept. 13

TEXAS VS. UCLA

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7 p.m., AT&T Stadium (Arlington), Fox

This is fixing to be a showcase game for the Longhorns, who should be 2-0 with wins at home over North Texas and BYU. UCLA, which should be a Top 10 team, will have played Virginia on the road and Memphis at home.

The Bruins, ranked seventh in the coaches poll, are picked to win the Pac-12’s South division. Their conference schedule aligns well, as Oregon, USC and Stanford all come to the Rose Bowl.

The last time Texas and UCLA played, in 2011, the visiting Longhorns forced four turnovers in a 49-20 win, starting the season 3-0. Sophomore quarterback Case McCoy, making his first career start, connected on 12 of 15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end D.J. Grant, who also caught a third score from receiver Jaxon Shipley.

The following week, Texas clobbered Iowa State to climb to No. 11 in the country. But momentum evaporated in back-to-back double-digit losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, causing angst to a fanbase that had suffered through a 5-7 season the year before.

Last year, the Bruins finished 16th in the final polls after pasting Virginia Tech 42-12 in the Sun Bowl. It was UCLA’s first 10-win season since 2005 and it reestablished the Bruins as a legitimate program on the West Coast.

Texas vs. UCLA: FYI

Storylines: (1) What will Texas do in its first national prime-time appearance — impress or be flat? (2) A week after Texas chases after BYU’s Taysom Hill, it gets worse with Heisman contender Brett Hundley, who rushed for 748 yards and 11 TDs last year. (3) Welcome to Jerry World.

All-time series: Tied, 3-3

Last time: Texas, 49-20 (2011)

Last year: Texas was 8-5, 1-2 in non-conference and 1-1 at neutral sites (a win over Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl, and a loss to Oregon at the Alamo Bowl’s Alamodome). UCLA was 10-3, 4-0 in non-conference and 1-0 at neutral sites (a Sun Bowl win over Virginia Tech in El Paso).

Numbers game: Hundley became the first Bruin ever to throw for a TD, run for a TD and have a TD catch in the same game, last year vs. Utah. He also became the first UCLA quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games.

Texas vs. UCLA, in Austin: 1-2

Texas vs. UCLA, in Los Angeles: 2-1

Texas vs. UCLA, neutral sites: This will be the first.

Kirk Bohls says: UCLA wins (he has Texas 2-1 so far)

Cedric Golden says: UCLA wins (he also has Texas 2-1)

Vegas says: UCLA by 8

Tomorrow’s game breakdown: Kansas

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