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COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : UCLA : Bruins Will Be Hoping for Big Plays

September 16, 1993|JIM HODGES

Given Nebraska's potent defense against the run, the Bruins are hoping to break a few long plays in Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl.

Texas Tech did last Saturday, though not often enough to avoid losing, 50-27.

"They played a pressure defense against Texas Tech, and when you play a pressure defense, you get . . . some big plays, but you give up some big plays, too," Coach Terry Donahue said. Big plays generally mean the passing game, which means additional pressure on J.J. Stokes and Kevin Jordan, the Bruins' starting wide receivers. Stokes has a streak of three games in which he has gained at least 100 yards receiving. Jordan caught nine passes for 92 yards in UCLA's season-opening loss to California after catching 18 in 1992 as a freshman.

"I think we can generate enough of a passing attack to loosen up the defense for the running game," Jordan said.

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Running back Ricky Davis, who had been wearing a red jersey signifying injury since August, is expected to be ready for limited duty against Nebraska. . . . In trying to practice against a quarterback who approximates the option talents of Nebraska's Tommie Frazier, UCLA has used freshman Andy Colbert, a defensive back, freshman Anthony Cobbs, a wide receiver, and sophomore cornerback Teddy Lawrence. . . . UCLA hopes to have Sale Isaia back in the defensive line if his academic difficulties have been remedied. Isaia, a 300-pound nose guard, would probably be moved outside to tackle to spell London Woodfin, leaving nose guards George Kase and freshman Travis Kirschke, each about 250 pounds, to deal with Nebraska's interior offensive line, which has four 300-pound starters. . . . Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne has regained the top spot in winning percentage among active coaches. When John Robinson returned to USC, he brought a 67-14-2 (.819) record, but the Trojans' 1-2 record has dropped Robinson to .802. Osborne is 2-0 this season and 197-46-3 overall for an .807 percentage.

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