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

  • 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...

  • UCLA's Thomas Welsh shows off new skills in exhibition win

    UCLA's Thomas Welsh shows off new skills in exhibition win

    Thomas Welsh found himself back inside Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night, in part because of the feedback he received during workouts for prospective NBA employers. Extend your range, he was told. Improve your lateral quickness to make you better defensively. Message received. The UCLA senior...

  • UCLA works on getting its running game in shape as it heads to Utah

    UCLA works on getting its running game in shape as it heads to Utah

    Soso Jamabo contemplated the question like he was running parallel to the line of scrimmage, waiting for an opening to emerge. What did the UCLA tailback see when he reviewed footage of the Bruins running for 62 yards and only 2.2 yards per carry last week against Washington? “Real disappointing,”...

  • UCLA's Andre James draws his strength from his father

    UCLA's Andre James draws his strength from his father

    Andre James was lying down in his room last week when he felt some unusual stomach pains. The UCLA right tackle hopped into a car with teammate Rick Wade and rushed to UCLA Medical Center, where tests came back normal and James returned home after midnight. Only a few days later, James was back...

  • Bruins hoping 'dry run' will help them prepare for season opener

    Bruins hoping 'dry run' will help them prepare for season opener

    UCLA is headed into unknown territory before going to China for its season opener. The Bruins’ seven-man freshman class will experience its first game inside Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night during an exhibition against Cal State Los Angeles. Two of those freshmen — point guard Jaylen Hands and...

  • Josh Rosen sits out UCLA's practice, Jim Mora is not sure of quarterback's availability Friday

    Josh Rosen sits out UCLA's practice, Jim Mora is not sure of quarterback's availability Friday

    UCLA coach Jim Mora said quarterback Josh Rosen did not practice Monday after being sidelined because of unspecified injuries suffered against Washington on Saturday, but Mora did not rule him out from playing against Utah on Friday. “I wish I knew whether he will be available Friday night,” Mora...

  • UCLA's rush defense takes a holiday

    UCLA's rush defense takes a holiday

    UCLA countered Oregon’s run-heavy offense with a swarming, gang-tackling approach that left the Ducks flattened. Against an even more one-dimensional Washington, the Bruins looked more like a man standing on the shore and shaking his fists at an oncoming tidal wave. They knew exactly what was coming...

  • More 'foolish penalties' by Bruins in loss to Huskies

    More 'foolish penalties' by Bruins in loss to Huskies

    When is a defensive stop not a defensive stop? When UCLA commits a penalty to keep the drive alive. It’s happened with alarming regularity this season and it happened again Saturday at Husky Stadium in the first quarter of the Bruins’ 44-23 loss to No. 12 Washington. UCLA appeared to have held...

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