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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.

Recent Articles

  • Injuries didn't stop UCLA's Fabian Moreau against BYU last season

    Injuries didn't stop UCLA's Fabian Moreau against BYU last season

    UCLA fans might have thought they were seeing things when Fabian Moreau ran back onto the Rose Bowl field. The cornerback had sustained a broken left foot and two torn ligaments late in the first quarter of the Bruins’ game against Brigham Young last September. The foot was throbbing, with Moreau...

  • Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is quite the fill-in for UCLA's defensive line

    Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is quite the fill-in for UCLA's defensive line

    He is the prescription for whatever ails UCLA’s defensive line. Takkarist McKinley is sidelined by a groin injury? Deon Hollins plays only sparingly because of a concussion? Eddie Vanderdoes hurts his knee? There’s no need to worry as long as Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is around. He slides in wherever...

  • UCLA could be on target for a break against Brigham Young

    UCLA could be on target for a break against Brigham Young

    UCLA benefited from three targeting penalties Saturday night. Two that occurred hundreds of miles from the Rose Bowl. Brigham Young safety Kai Nacua and cornerback Austin McChesney were ejected in the third quarter of the Cougars’ 20-19 loss to Utah after being called for targeting on consecutive...

  • Eddie Vanderdoes' knee appears to be OK; it's the rest of UCLA's defense that's raising concerns

    Eddie Vanderdoes' knee appears to be OK; it's the rest of UCLA's defense that's raising concerns

    UCLA’s interior defensive line received the news it wanted Sunday after an evaluation of tackle Eddie Vanderdoes’ left knee appeared to reveal only a mild injury. Vanderdoes was sidelined in the second quarter of the Bruins’ 42-21 victory over Nevada Las Vegas on Saturday at the Rose Bowl and did...

  • Rebels give Bruins a run for it in home opener

    Rebels give Bruins a run for it in home opener

    The fixes were in exactly where UCLA needed them after its clunker of a season opener and three underwhelming quarters Saturday evening. An offense beleaguered by dropped passes caught on when there was no alternative, generating two long touchdown drives to start the fourth quarter. A defense...

  • No Starks, and still no explanation

    No Starks, and still no explanation

    The Nate Starks mystery deepened Saturday. The UCLA running back was not in uniform against Nevada Las Vegas at the Rose Bowl after not traveling with the Bruins the previous week to play Texas A&M. The reason for Starks’ inactivity remained a secret. UCLA Coach Jim Mora does not usually announce...

  • UCLA's Lonzo Ball wants to generate more than hype

    UCLA's Lonzo Ball wants to generate more than hype

    One word followed the UCLA basketball team on its recent exhibition tour of Australia, from Sydney to Melbourne to Brisbane. “Lonzo! Lonzo! Lonzo!” The chants reverberated even though the point guard had never played a collegiate game. “Lonzo! Lonzo! Lonzo!” They persisted even though he made only...

  • A look at how the Bruins and Rebels match up

    A look at how the Bruins and Rebels match up

    UCLA's fast start helps topple UNLV, 42-21 Sept. 11, 2016, 1:04 a.m. The UCLA Bruins will try to bounce back from a season-opening loss in a nonconference game against the UNLV Rebels on Saturday evening at the Rose Bowl. Sept. 10, 2016 12:15 a.m. Sept. 10, 2016, 12:15 a.m. A look at how the Bruins...

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