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

  • Bruins’ run game disappoints again

    Bruins’ run game disappoints again

    For the briefest of moments Saturday, there was something new to UCLA’s run game. A flicker of hope. Nate Starks ran for 15 yards on the Bruins’ second drive and then followed it up on the next play with a 17-yard run in which he slipped a tackle while sprinting into California’s secondary. They...

  • As Bruins end disappointing season, future success might be a matter of style

    As Bruins end disappointing season, future success might be a matter of style

    UCLA falls to California, 36-10, in season finale Nov. 26, 2016, 7:12 p.m. Get updates throughout UCLA's game at California right here. Scoring summary:FIRST QUARTERCalifornia kicker Matt Anderson makes a 43-yard field goal (California 3, UCLA 0)SECOND QUARTERCalifornia kicker Matt Anderson makes...

  • UCLA vs. California: How they match up

    UCLA vs. California: How they match up

    UCLA falls to California, 36-10, in season finale Nov. 26, 2016, 7:12 p.m. Get updates throughout UCLA's game at California right here. Scoring summary:FIRST QUARTERCalifornia kicker Matt Anderson makes a 43-yard field goal (California 3, UCLA 0)SECOND QUARTERCalifornia kicker Matt Anderson makes...

  • As Bruins end disappointing season, future success might be a matter of style

    As Bruins end disappointing season, future success might be a matter of style

    The season will end soon enough for UCLA. There are no such assurances of finality to the major issues beleaguering the Bruins. What is likely to be UCLA’s last game of the season Saturday against California at Memorial Stadium will not necessarily be the cutoff point for an inert running game,...

  • Can Cal or UCLA eke out a bowl bid with a win on Saturday?

    Can Cal or UCLA eke out a bowl bid with a win on Saturday?

    UCLA (4-7) at California (4-7) at Memorial Stadium. TV: ESPN2, 4 p.m. Most intriguing story line: This could be dubbed the APR Bowl. The winner of what otherwise seems like an inconsequential game could parlay a 5-7 record and its Academic Progress Rate score into a bowl bid if there are not enough...

  • For UCLA's Takkarist McKinley, final game at Cal is a fitting end to his career

    For UCLA's Takkarist McKinley, final game at Cal is a fitting end to his career

    Never one to hold back, Takkarist McKinley had something to say before he took questions from reporters. “It’s my last full padded practice of my UCLA career,” McKinley said Wednesday. “Thank you, Jesus.” A standout career is ending on a melancholy note for the senior defensive end. He has appeared...

  • UCLA may switch sidelines at the Rose Bowl next season

    UCLA may switch sidelines at the Rose Bowl next season

    UCLA may no longer look on the bright side of things at the Rose Bowl. The school’s athletic department, in conjunction with the student fan group “The Den,” has sent an email survey to students asking whether they would be in favor of moving sections to allow Bruins players to switch sidelines...

  • Unbeaten Bruins could have their first taste of adversity in Wooden Legacy tournament

    Unbeaten Bruins could have their first taste of adversity in Wooden Legacy tournament

    Steve Alford knows it’s coming despite the high-scoring romps, the nonstop ball movement, the feeling that UCLA’s early season euphoria might stretch all the way into late March. There will be a time when the shots don’t fall so easily, the ball gets stuck in a few players’ hands, the scoreboard...

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