November 20, 2004
Attention USC defense: First down: UCLA will run to the right. Second down: same. Third down: Pass. Fourth: Punt. Passing: No tight ends used. No crossing patterns (Oops! Junior Taylor scored on one against Oregon. Maybe they'll use a slant pattern again next year?) Why use Marcedes Lewis and Tab Perry mismatches against shorter linebackers and safeties 10-15 yards downfield when you can run right all day long and get nowhere? My 56-year-old wife noticed these patterns.
September 30, 2004 |
Senior Eyoseph Efseaff will make his first start at defensive tackle in place of suspended C.J. Niusulu against San Diego State on Saturday. "If you had told me a year ago that I would be playing D-line, I would have laughed in your face," said Efseaff, who started 25 consecutive games at offensive guard before being switched to defense in training camp this year.
December 5, 2005 |
Forget about the folly of a franchise long known as the Bungles. The Cincinnati Bengals proved to the Pittsburgh Steelers they're the best team in the AFC North right now and, most of all, they proved it to themselves. The Bengals went into Pittsburgh on Sunday, stood up to the team they rarely beat and all but secured their first division championship in 15 years, riding Carson Palmer's three touchdown passes and a defense that forced four more turnovers in an all-important 38-31 victory.
November 7, 2001 |
It has become more than a passing concern. Compounding the problems at quarterback, there is little continuity at receiver. Against Washington State, injuries to Tab Perry, Brian Poli-Dixon and Ryan Smith--UCLA's three leading receivers--left redshirt freshman Craig Bragg as the only receiver who had come to UCLA on scholarship. Garrett Lepisto, a converted walk-on safety, and fifth-year senior Devon Reese, a walk-on until this season, played significantly.
October 2, 2001 |
Cory Paus was off to another poor start, completing two of his first 10 passes, including seven misfires in a row against Oregon State. A thought occurred to Coach Bob Toledo. Pull Paus. "I was considering it, yes I was," he said. There is no quarterback controversy in Westwood. The move would have been temporary. "Sometimes you need to pull him off the field a little bit and let him watch and put him back in," Toledo said.
October 4, 2001 |
Ahhh, the bye week. A time for the Bruins to relax a little, to take the day off on Friday, to watch a little college football on TV this weekend. Also a time to beware. Last season, the Bruins were 4-1 heading into the bye week. They lost to unheralded California in their next game, 46-38, in triple overtime. Then they lost to Oregon State, 44-38. The season went bye-bye. It's a different year and attitude this season.
October 20, 2001
When UCLA has the ball--The game plan won't change. DeShaun Foster will get his share of carries, especially in the first half. UCLA has thrown fewer passes than any other Pacific 10 Conference team and quarterback Cory Paus ranks last in yardage a game with 177.8. This might be a good time for him to air it out because Cal is last in pass defense (320.2). With Brian Poli-Dixon sidelined, watch for Tab Perry, Ryan Smith and Craig Bragg to be frequent targets.
September 14, 2001 |
Defensive tackle Sean Phillips injured his right knee during noncontact warmup drills at the beginning of practice Thursday. He said he heard something pop and was attended to by trainers. Phillips stayed on the field and watched the remainder of practice. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior is a valuable reserve who played well in the Bruins' first two games. He started three games last season and played extensively against Alabama and Kansas because of an injury to Ken Kocher.
October 9, 2001 |
What was considered shameless is now insightful. UCLA's opinion of the Anderson & Hester/Seattle Times computer rankings changed dramatically in a week. Anderson & Hester, one of eight rating systems used to determine which teams will play for the national championship at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3, boosted the Bruins to No. 1 this week. Last week, Anderson & Hester had Washington ranked No. 1. Everywhere but in the most Northwestern reaches came the cry: Bias! Nepotism!