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 defense provided much-needed spark in victory over Sun Devils

    UCLA defense provided much-needed spark in victory over Sun Devils

    UCLA was searching for a spark on defense Saturday night when a hand went up. It belonged to defensive end Marcus Moore, a redshirt freshman who wanted to help in the early going of a game against Arizona State that was already tilting heavily in the Sun Devils’ direction. The Bruins had endured...

  • Sliding Bruins are safe at home, again, with win over Sun Devils

    Sliding Bruins are safe at home, again, with win over Sun Devils

    On a day that airplanes flew banners over the Rose Bowl calling for the end of the Jim Mora era at UCLA, the Bruins offered their own spirited response. Don’t count us out. Josh Rosen worked some dual magic late Saturday night, the star quarterback returning to lead his team on the field where...

  • Bruins get a boost with return of Josh Rosen and Jordan Lasley

    Bruins get a boost with return of Josh Rosen and Jordan Lasley

    Josh Rosen wasn’t the only major part of UCLA’s offense that the team got back Saturday. Jordan Lasley also returned. The junior receiver who missed the Bruins’ previous three games because of undisclosed disciplinary matters had a huge game against Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, making seven...

  • UCLA basketball team returns to L.A., with three arrested players still in China

    UCLA basketball team returns to L.A., with three arrested players still in China

    UCLA’s basketball team returned from Shanghai after its season-opening victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday without the three players ensnared in a legal imbroglio over the alleged theft of designer sunglasses. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remained in a hotel in Hangzhou,...

  • UCLA rises above player flap in China to win opener over pesky Georgia Tech 63-60

    UCLA rises above player flap in China to win opener over pesky Georgia Tech 63-60

    It was back to basketball for UCLA, and for that the Bruins could be thankful. One of the most straining weeks in the program’s recent history ended with a season-opening 63-60 victory over Georgia Tech on Friday night in the Pac-12 China game at the Baoshan Sports Center in Shanghai. The No. 21...

  • As UCLA seeks to keep bowl hopes alive against Arizona State, Jim Mora looks to keep his job

    As UCLA seeks to keep bowl hopes alive against Arizona State, Jim Mora looks to keep his job

    Jim Mora reflected on the words and considered every stop he’s made in a coaching career that has spanned 34 years. Then the UCLA coach thought once more about what he had told reporters after his team’s most recent loss. I’ve never been through anything like this before. Mora realized it wasn’t...

  • A look at how UCLA and Arizona State match up

    A look at how UCLA and Arizona State match up

    Arizona State (5-4, 4-2) at UCLA (4-5, 2-4) Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rose Bowl, TV: Pac-12 Network. Radio: 570, 1150. Marquee matchup Arizona State’s tailbacks vs. UCLA’s run defense. The Sun Devils’ running game has been middling by Pac-12 Conference standards, churning out 150.2 yards per game, but...

  • R.I.P. to the UCLA run defense

    R.I.P. to the UCLA run defense

    The autopsy may be pending, but a forensics examination of UCLA’s badly mangled run defense is already well under way. Injuries have been a factor, certainly. So has the youth movement required by continually replacing wounded players among the front seven. Tackling has been a problem among new...

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