UCLA tries to extend its stay atop Pac-12 South

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Receiver Nelson Rosario thinks UCLA has spent too much time near the bottom of the conference standings to get much enjoyment out of the Bruins' improbable rise to the top.

Even the Bruins are a bit surprised to be sitting on top of the Pac-12 South with three games to go after last week's one-point win over nationally-ranked Arizona State, but Rosario knows they won't take a little success for granted.

UCLA (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) has heard little but doom and disappointment during most of coach Rick Neuheisel's four seasons, never finishing higher than eighth in the league rankings during his first three years.

The Bruins already have exceeded their conference victories total from any of Neuheisel's previous seasons at a school that hasn't won a conference title since 1998.