April 7, 1998 |
UCLA will use a new defense, which is really an old one, when spring football practice begins today at Spaulding Field on campus. The throw-everybody-at-the-quarterback look will be gone, replaced by a conventional defense taught by a new coach. Nick Allioti is back in the Pacific 10 Conference. "It looks similar to the way Oregon looked when they went to the Rose Bowl," said Coach Bob Toledo on Monday. "We will have a more traditional defense. By that I mean it looks like you've seen it before."
September 19, 2009 |
Whomever is UCLA's quarterback tonight, he will have at least one advantage -- the guys who will be on the field while the offense is standing on the sidelines. The Bruins' offense will be guided by either freshman Richard Brehaut or senior Kevin Craft , and that has the defense even more focused. Or so goes the talk heading into the game against Kansas State at the Rose Bowl. "We don't know what to expect," linebacker Reggie Carter said. "All we know is it will either be a guy making his first start this season or a guy making the first start of his career.
September 17, 2010 |
Negative thoughts do not come naturally to Rahim Moore, but this week a certain doomsday scenario has snuck into his head. The UCLA safety knows the Bruins' defense is a little inexperienced, especially up front. He knows that he and his teammates have been kept on the field a few too many minutes by a sputtering offense. Now 23rd-ranked Houston comes to the Rose Bowl on Saturday night with an attack that moves the ball at breakneck pace, leading the nation with an average of 61 points a game.
September 6, 2012 |
This won't rank among firsts in history alongside Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, but this weekend's slate of college football games has produced the first 70-point spread in the history of Vegas. Florida State is favored by 70.5 points over Savannah State on Saturday. According to Vegas oddsmakers, we're attributing pregame.com here, that eclipses the 60-point spread Hawaii enjoyed over Northern Colorado in 2007. Just to note, if you took Northern Colorado in that game, you won as Hawaii's winning margin was "only" 57 (63-6)
November 28, 2009
USC offense vs. UCLA defense Despite all that five-star talent, the Trojans rank No. 58 nationally in scoring offense at 27.5 points a game, and can expect stiff resistance against a UCLA defense giving up only 20 points a game. UCLA offense vs. USC defense Oregon and Stanford gashed USC's defense with relentless running games that put the Trojans on their heels. To win, UCLA needs to control the ground and then be ready to pass when the defense creeps up. Special teams The kicking advantage belongs to UCLA with Kai Forbath leading the nation in field goals and Jeff Locke ranking ninth (44 yards a kick)
October 18, 2000 |
The Bruins have given up 116 points in three Pacific 10 Conference games, so the last thing the UCLA defense needs is a game against an opponent with an unconventional offense. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Oregon State arrives Saturday with a one-back offense that spreads receivers across the field, spacing defenders far apart and creating the potential for huge gaps in coverage. "It's like a run-and-shoot or a wishbone," UCLA Coach Bob Toledo said.
September 9, 1998 |
The added implications have not been lost on some members of the UCLA defense, a group that this week becomes collectively involved in the Heisman Trophy race. Contain Texas' Ricky Williams on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl, and it can only help the cause of Cade McNown, not to mention the cause of all Bruins. "If we shut down Ricky Williams and we continue to win," outside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said, "Cade has a very good shot to win the Heisman. . . . It is motivation for us.
October 30, 2004
Each week the BCS rears its ugly head. First of all, how does USC drop in the computer polls after shutting out Washington, 38-0? I guess the geeks thought they'd win 76-0. Anderson & Hester's explanation for ranking Miami ahead of USC was because they claim Miami played better teams. Miami has played two ranked teams, Florida State and Louisville. SC has played three; Cal, Arizona State and Virginia Tech. Three teams ranked to two? Guess the geeks didn't take math in school. It's apparent that each week the computer polls fluctuate to keep interest in the standings.
October 31, 2010 |
The lack of trust in the UCLA defense seemed apparent with the Bruins trailing Arizona, 26-21, with 2 minutes 23 seconds left Saturday. The Bruins faced a fourth and 11 at their 19 and had all three timeouts left. The opportunity was there to put things in the hands of the defense. Instead, Coach Rick Neuheisel gambled and quarterback Richard Brehaut's pass was incomplete. Would a better performance by the UCLA defense have led to a different decision? Neuheisel avoided that as easily as Arizona quarterback Matt Scott did Bruins tacklers.