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 receiver Jordan Lasley is his own worst critic

    UCLA receiver Jordan Lasley is his own worst critic

    Jordan Lasley jotted down some notes and brought them along to the UCLA receivers meeting Monday. Keep ball leverage. Play harder. Finish plays. Catch everything that comes my way. It was a lengthy to-do list for someone who had caught five passes for a team-high 105 yards and returned a blocked...

  • UCLA receiver Darren Andrews is expecting an earful from USC safety Chris Hawkins

    UCLA receiver Darren Andrews is expecting an earful from USC safety Chris Hawkins

    The chatter could start before the snap whenever Darren Andrews is on the field. The UCLA receiver figures he’ll spot USC safety Chris Hawkins across the line of scrimmage Saturday night at the Rose Bowl and that’s not going to be the end of it. “He’s going to talk,” Andrews said Monday. “I just...

  • UCLA learns lessons in 102-87 win over CSUN

    UCLA learns lessons in 102-87 win over CSUN

    The education of the UCLA Bruins started in earnest Sunday evening. The lessons were jarring. Not every game is going to be a romp. Not every three-pointer is going to go in the basket. Not every referee is going to be forgiving. Reality seemed to take hold at halftime, giving the No. 16 Bruins...

  • UCLA's running game improves ahead of meeting with USC

    UCLA's running game improves ahead of meeting with USC

    UCLA heads into its rivalry game against Tailback U after experiencing a needed U-turn in its running game. That’s not to say the teams will be on level ground Saturday evening at the Rose Bowl when No. 20 USC plays the Bruins. The Trojans have nearly tripled UCLA’s 872 yards rushing this season,...

  • UCLA finally feels the rush of victory with win over Oregon State, 38-24

    UCLA finally feels the rush of victory with win over Oregon State, 38-24

    Randall Goforth held the ball aloft with one hand as he crossed the 15-yard line, legs churning with only open field ahead. Finally, after more than a month, there was something to celebrate for the UCLA safety and his teammates. Goforth’s 40-yard interception return for a touchdown with a little...

  • UCLA report: Broadcaster faces challenge of calling four games in three days

    UCLA report: Broadcaster faces challenge of calling four games in three days

    UCLA broadcaster Josh Lewin’s schedule is getting crazy again, which means it’s going to be another weekend of planes, Ubers and automobiles. Calling four games in three days will be the easy part. Getting from the Rose Bowl to Qualcomm Stadium to Pauley Pavilion in a 20-hour span will take some...

  • Mike Fafaul has kept the faith while waiting for his opportunity with the Bruins

    Mike Fafaul has kept the faith while waiting for his opportunity with the Bruins

    UCLA beats Oregon State, 38-24 Nov. 12, 2016, 9:53 p.m. Stay tuned for updates from Ben Bolch and Jesse Dougherty.Scoring summary: FIRST QUARTER Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce runs for a one-yard touchdown (Oregon State 7, UCLA 0)UCLA running back Bolu Olorunfunmi runs for a four-yard...

  • UCLA freshmen help power No. 16 Bruins to 119-80 win over Pacific in opener

    UCLA freshmen help power No. 16 Bruins to 119-80 win over Pacific in opener

    UCLA announced its intentions about the way it wants to play this season late in the first half Friday night. Aaron Holiday dribbled into the lane on a fast break and lofted a pass high into the air with his left hand. A trailing Lonzo Ball snatched the ball with his right hand and slammed it into...

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