With an open date today, there has been concern at UCLA that the passing game, which has been so successful in the first three games, should be kept sound.
"I know from experience, bowl games and byes are when you lose the timing on the passing game if you don't keep throwing the ball," offensive coordinator Al Borges said. "When you've got a bye, I think your passing game suffers most because of timing, so we've focused more on throwing and trying to keep it tightened up."
The week spent without the necessity of preparing for Arizona, UCLA's next opponent, has allowed the Bruins to work more on their long-passing game. It has improved, with quarterback Cade McNown's arm getting stronger, and with an increased emphasis on getting yardage in larger chunks.
"We're trying to get better at it," Borges said. "And we've hit a couple, and I think we've had three or four pass interferences where we've thrown the ball and I think we've had a guy behind their guy and he's interfered.