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

  • Jim Mora ‘not worried’ about Josh Rosen

    Jim Mora ‘not worried’ about Josh Rosen

    Josh Rosen didn’t look like someone preparing to play in warmups. The right-handed quarterback threw some short left-handed passes, patted receivers on the back and pantomimed a throwing motion for his backup, Mike Fafaul. Looks weren’t deceiving. Rosen did not play during UCLA’s 52-45 loss to...

  • UCLA is run over by Utah, 52-45, and is running out of time to save its season

    UCLA is run over by Utah, 52-45, and is running out of time to save its season

    It’s bye week at UCLA. It’s getting close to bye-bye for the Bruins’ season. They unveiled a hurry-up, no-huddle offense for the first time this season Saturday at the Rose Bowl, almost abandoning the run, only to experience a familiar ending. Painfully familiar. A last-gasp drive came up short,...

  • UCLA vs. No. 19 Utah: How they match up

    UCLA vs. No. 19 Utah: How they match up

    UCLA falls to No. 19 Utah, 52-45 Oct. 22, 2016, 5:05 p.m. Scoring summary:FIRST QUARTER Corey Butler-Byrd returns a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown (Utah 7, UCLA 0) Utah running back Joe Williams rushes for a three-yard touchdown (Utah 14, UCLA 0) UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul throws an 11-yard...

  • Breakdowns have put Coach Jim Mora in an unfamiliar spot with No. 19 Utah on deck

    Breakdowns have put Coach Jim Mora in an unfamiliar spot with No. 19 Utah on deck

    UCLA falls to No. 19 Utah, 52-45 Oct. 22, 2016, 5:05 p.m. Scoring summary:FIRST QUARTER Corey Butler-Byrd returns a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown (Utah 7, UCLA 0) Utah running back Joe Williams rushes for a three-yard touchdown (Utah 14, UCLA 0) UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul throws an 11-yard...

  • With more depth, UCLA men's basketball team is ready to push the pace and have fun

    With more depth, UCLA men's basketball team is ready to push the pace and have fun

    Isaac Hamilton, poised to start his fourth and final season at UCLA, has freely dispensed advice to his team’s highly touted freshmen. Do what you did in high school, Hamilton has told them. Play your game. Read and react to what you see on the court. Have fun. There are some limitations, of course....

  • Trojans undaunted by unflattering Pac-12 prediction

    Trojans undaunted by unflattering Pac-12 prediction

    Elijah Stewart isn’t big on predictions. Informed USC was picked by the media to finish seventh in the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball standings, the junior guard said the prognostication was essentially meaningless. “Oh. You know, if people could tell the future, I feel like they should probably...

  • Bruins' breakdowns have put Coach Jim Mora in an unfamiliar spot with No. 19 Utah on deck

    Bruins' breakdowns have put Coach Jim Mora in an unfamiliar spot with No. 19 Utah on deck

    The disappointments during Jim Mora’s first four seasons at UCLA were mostly of the we’ll-get-’em-next-time variety. There were two 10-win seasons that didn’t lead to a major bowl. A trip to the Pac-12 Conference championship game that ended in defeat. A poor finish to the 2015 season that included...

  • UCLA-Utah: Here's how they match up

    UCLA-Utah: Here's how they match up

    Utah (6-1) at UCLA (3-4) at the Rose Bowl. TV: Fox, 1 p.m. Most intriguing story line: The now-or-never vibe around UCLA this week has been unusual for a midseason game. The Bruins never had a sub-.500 record this far into a season under Coach Jim Mora until suffering their third defeat in four...

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