Fresno State-UCLA to Meet in Football in 2018
RB Ryan Mathews leaps over a UCLA defender during Fresno State's 2008 victory over the Bruins in the Rose Bowl
RB Ryan Mathews leaps over a UCLA defender during Fresno State's 2008 victory over the Bruins in the Rose Bowl

May 15, 2014

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State and UCLA have reached an agreement for a football game to be played at the Rose Bowl in 2018, Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Thursday.

The game will be played on Sept. 15, 2018 in the Rose Bowl, which Fresno State has not visited since its 36-31 victory over the Bruins on Sept. 27, 2008. It will be Fresno State's sixth visit to the Rose Bowl in school history.

"We expect that this announcement will be well received," Boeh said. "Contracting this game with UCLA reflects our continued commitment to maintain a non-conference schedule that is balanced, while including competition with the nation's elite programs."

Fresno State has a strong history of traveling well to road games within the state of California, selling out its allotment of tickets for the 2005 game at USC (6,000 tickets), the 2008 game at UCLA (10,000 tickets) and the 2011 game against California in Candlestick Park (over 17,000 tickets sold).

In the 2008 victory over the Bruins, Tom Brandstater threw for three touchdowns and Ryan Mathews ran for one score and caught another to lead the then 25th-ranked Bulldogs.

Fresno State has a 2-6 all-time record against the Bruins, but has won the last two matchups. In 2003, the Bulldogs defeated UCLA 17-9 in the Silicon Valley Football Classic IV bowl game played in San Jose, Calif.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to face two other Pac-12 schools this coming 2014 season, opening up the year with back-to-back road games at USC (Aug. 30) and at Utah (Sept. 6).

Fresno State has played 65 games against teams from the Pac-12 Conference in school history.




Sept. 5 - Abilene Christian
Sept. 12 - at Mississippi
Sept. 19 - Utah
Nov. 21 - at BYU

Sept. 3 - at Nebraska
Sept. 10 - Sacramento State
Sept. 24 - Tulsa
Oct. 1 - at Toledo

Sept. 2 - Incarnate Word
Nov. 4 - BYU

Sept. 1 - Idaho
Sept. 15 - at UCLA
Sept. 29 - Toledo

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