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.

Recent Articles

  • UCLA fans raising money to fly banner showing displeasure with football program

    UCLA fans raising money to fly banner showing displeasure with football program

    A GoFundMe page has raised more than $6,400 of the $15,000 requested to finance a mobile billboard and an airplane banner expressing frustration with the direction of UCLA’s football program. The Bruins (4-5 overall, 2-4 Pac-12 Conference) have lost two consecutive games and must win two of their...

  • Injuries have hampered UCLA, but another losing season could still cost Jim Mora his job

    Injuries have hampered UCLA, but another losing season could still cost Jim Mora his job

    Back-to-back losing seasons are rare at UCLA, though they don’t necessarily result in the dismissal of the head coach. Terry Donahue endured consecutive losing seasons in 1989 and 1990, the last time the Bruins went two straight years without going to a bowl game. Donahue survived to coach another...

  • UCLA's defense is scorched again in loss to Utah 48-17

    UCLA's defense is scorched again in loss to Utah 48-17

    Josh Rosen didn’t make the trip here, sidelined by a concussion. It was the other no-show that doomed UCLA. The Bruins’ defense somehow sank to a new low Friday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium, giving backup quarterback Devon Modster no chance during a 48-17 loss to Utah in which the redshirt freshman...

  • UCLA QB Josh Rosen does not make trip to Utah; Devon Modster makes his first start

    UCLA QB Josh Rosen does not make trip to Utah; Devon Modster makes his first start

    Scanning the field in hopes of spotting quarterback Josh Rosen somewhere, anywhere, during UCLA’s game against Utah on Friday night proved to be a pointless exercise. Rosen remained home in Los Angeles because of a concussion, leaving redshirt freshman Devon Modster to make his first career start...

  • UCLA vs. Utah Utes: How they match up

    UCLA vs. Utah Utes: How they match up

    UCLA (4-4, 2-3) at Utah (4-4, 1-4) Friday, 6:30 p.m. PT, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, TV: FS1. Radio: 570. Marquee matchup UCLA’s quarterback vs. Utah’s secondary. Will it be Josh Rosen starting at quarterback for the Bruins? Or will it be Devon Modster? Rosen suffered unspecified injuries...

  • A tough week could get even tougher for UCLA

    A tough week could get even tougher for UCLA

    UCLA will be playing at altitude with a run defense that has sunk to subterranean levels, ranking as the worst in major college football. The Bruins’ quarterback will either be a wounded star knocked out of his previous game or a redshirt freshman making the first start of his career. It probably...

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