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

  • After UCLA's promising start, the ground attack runs down in loss to USC

    After UCLA's promising start, the ground attack runs down in loss to USC

    The game was over, and so were five years of competing at the Rose Bowl. UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul and left tackle Conor McDermott, longtime teammates and roommates, returned to midfield and lay down on the turf to contemplate the end of a journey. A wholly unsatisfying end. “It’s very emotional...

  • No. 13 USC beats UCLA, 36-14, to keep its hopes of a Pac-12 title alive

    No. 13 USC beats UCLA, 36-14, to keep its hopes of a Pac-12 title alive

    Sam Darnold constantly evaluates the defense in front of him, probing and probing until a favorable matchup materializes. It might involve the USC freshman quarterback utilizing a sparingly used tight end, as Darnold did in recent victories over Colorado and Washington. It could mean getting the...

  • UCLA honors seniors before game against USC

    UCLA honors seniors before game against USC

    It is the place where Mike Fafaul set two school records, Randall Goforth returned an interception for a touchdown to preserve a victory and Takkarist McKinley made quarterback after quarterback quiver in his cleats. The Rose Bowl will always hold special meaning for the UCLA seniors who played...

  • Up next for UCLA basketball: Sunday vs. Long Beach State

    Up next for UCLA basketball: Sunday vs. Long Beach State

    When: 7 p.m. Sunday. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Update: This will qualify as the closest thing to a home game for Long Beach State until next month. The  49ers (1-3) are in the midst of a madcap stretch of nine games in eight states and it hasn’t started...

  • Andrew Marincovich went from the 1944 Rose Bowl with USC to the shores of Iwo Jima, and he still hates UCLA

    Andrew Marincovich went from the 1944 Rose Bowl with USC to the shores of Iwo Jima, and he still hates UCLA

    Andrew Marincovich experienced the full tapestry of the USC-UCLA football rivalry, attending both schools and playing right guard for the Trojans’ 1944 Rose Bowl champions. Spending New Year’s Day in Pasadena was a prelude to a far more exhilarating red, white and blue endeavor. “Five months later,”...

  • USC vs. UCLA: How the Trojans and Bruins match up for Saturday's rivalry game

    USC vs. UCLA: How the Trojans and Bruins match up for Saturday's rivalry game

    USC (7-3) at UCLA (4-6) at the Rose Bowl. TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Times staff writer Ben Bolch analyzes Saturday’s matchup: Most intriguing story line: If the college football monopoly in Los Angeles were the familiar board game, USC would be claiming second prize in a beauty contest after offsetting...

  • UCLA steps up on defense to improve to 3-0 with 20-point win

    UCLA steps up on defense to improve to 3-0 with 20-point win

    UCLA’s offense had done its triple-digit thing in the season’s early going, showing itself to be a battering ram capable of piercing an opponent’s psyche in a variety of ways. The Bruins’ game Thursday night was mostly a chance to learn about their defense. San Diego featured the Princeton offense,...

  • UCLA officials and police prepare for late game against USC at Rose Bowl

    UCLA officials and police prepare for late game against USC at Rose Bowl

    UCLA’s rivalry game against USC will kick off at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the first night game at the Rose Bowl between the teams since 2010. Police and school officials hope security measures enacted since then make the start time the only similarity between the games. A melee involving 50 to...

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