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Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers UCLA football, basketball and every other sport on campus. He previously covered Bruins basketball from 2010-11 but doesn't believe he deserves any blame for his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack temporarily halting John Wooden's run of national championships in 1974 when he was 2 months old.

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  • UCLA delivers first victory over Oregon in a decade, in an entirely unexpected way

    UCLA delivers first victory over Oregon in a decade, in an entirely unexpected way

    UCLA found an unlikely accomplice on the way to its first victory over Oregon in a decade. A defense that had been pummeled over the first half of the season delivered a wicked counterpunch during the Bruins’ 31-14 triumph over the Ducks on Saturday afternoon before 55,711 at the Rose Bowl. UCLA...

  • UCLA needs to turn over its turnover ratio if it hopes to win

    UCLA needs to turn over its turnover ratio if it hopes to win

    UCLA has spent the first half of the season hosting weekly giveaways. Here, take this underthrown pass. There, go grab that football bouncing on the turf. The discrepancy in what the Bruins giveth and taketh away in the turnover department is a primary explanation for their struggles despite owning...

  • How UCLA and Oregon match up for Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl

    How UCLA and Oregon match up for Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl

    Oregon (4-3, 1-3) at UCLA (3-3, 1-2) Saturday, 1 p.m., Rose Bowl. TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 570, 1150. Marquee matchup Oregon tailback Royce Freeman vs. the UCLA run defense. Freeman needs 140 yards to break LaMichael James’ school record of 5,082 career rushing yards, and the odds are in his...

  • Breaking down the UCLA defense, and all of its breakdowns

    Breaking down the UCLA defense, and all of its breakdowns

    It’s not always just about what the UCLA football team’s defense is doing wrong. Other factors were conspiring against the Bruins last Saturday when Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate faked a toss to the running back and cut back upfield for a 45-yard touchdown run on the game’s fourth play. “It was...

  • UCLA's Josh Rosen hopes to erase painful memory of Arizona game

    UCLA's Josh Rosen hopes to erase painful memory of Arizona game

    Josh Rosen can feel the need for a few deep breaths in the film room, even after victories. The UCLA quarterback will see plays that could have been made or mistakes that he might not have noticed in the midst of a long touchdown drive. The footage keeps him from getting conceited about his performance....

  • UCLA's O-line finally is coming together to fix Bruins' biggest weakness on offense

    UCLA's O-line finally is coming together to fix Bruins' biggest weakness on offense

    UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley believes in what he calls a fist mentality, five linemen curling together as one to form a more powerful entity. Those lineman delivered several body blows to the Arizona defense Saturday, and the Bruins ran the ball the best they have this season. There were...

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