September 21, 2008 |
Four touchdowns. In scoreboard terms, the UCLA defense played four touchdowns better this week. That wasn't much consolation to the players. "A loss is a loss," defensive end Korey Bosworth said. "We've got to do better." But in a season edging perilously southward, the Bruins' football program must take encouragement wherever it can be found -- and defense offered a glimmer of a silver lining in Saturday afternoon's 31-10 loss to Arizona at the Rose Bowl.
October 25, 1998 |
The UCLA coaches were out of mental maneuvering. If the defense was going to make a stand Saturday afternoon, it would have to come from the players. Going for the real good impression, the Bruins made two, one at the end of the first half that made sure the momentum didn't change and one late in the third quarter that made sure the season didn't change. The streak of wins, at six for the season and 16 overall after the 28-16 victory over California at Memorial Coliseum, is still alive.
August 15, 2007 |
Defensive end Bruce Davis wasn't strutting or taunting, merely illuminating what UCLA is guar-ran-teed to do well this season. "We want to create a buzz about our defense," Davis said. "There is something in the air. We went from being the fourth-worst in the country to 35th in one year. We know the system, and we're confident in our abilities. We expect to have another good year." That seems required for the Bruins to live up to expectations.
September 6, 2007 |
This week has been an exercise in crime and punishment for the UCLA defense. The crime was the Stanford game. The punishment? "Coach [DeWayne] Walker has a drill for everything," defensive end Bruce Davis said. That seemed clear to the Bruins' defensive players again Wednesday. Walker, UCLA's defensive coordinator, continued to lean on them for the poor tackling performance in the 45-17 victory over Stanford.
September 11, 2004
With his team trailing by 11 points at halftime, ABC reported that Karl Dorrell was "optimistic and encouraged by his team's performance." At game's end, the Bruins had committed four turnovers, given up 429 yards rushing and lost by the same 11 points. I am reminded of the man who fell from the top of the Empire State Building. On the way down, someone shouted to him, "Are you OK?" He replied, "I'm great so far." Ken Haymaker Woodland Hills Maybe Cal State Northridge and UCLA should trade mascots this year because those defenders in the powder blue uniforms are certainly the best Matadors in town.
September 20, 2003 |
This is what college football is all about, UCLA players have been saying all week, a chance to play the nation's top-ranked team before 80,000 fans and a regional television audience, in the heart of Sooner Nation, on the hallowed ground that is Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium. "We can make a statement to the nation," linebacker Brandon Chillar said. "There's no better opportunity than this."
October 23, 1988 |
Life at the top apparently agrees with UCLA, which began its tenure as the nation's top-ranked team, as yet undetermined in length, with a 24-3 ambush of Arizona Saturday before a crowd of 49,922 at Arizona Stadium. The Bruins, who moved to the top of the polls after Miami was upset last week by Notre Dame, showed no tentativeness in their lofty new position, which they had never reached before in Coach Terry Donahue's 13 seasons.
September 6, 1986 |
The best college football team in the nation will play the best football team from the West Coast today. The game will not only open the season for both Oklahoma and UCLA, but for both incumbent and challenger in the race for No. 1. Will the Sooners finish No. 1 again? If it means anything, Oklahoma is starting as the heavy favorite. The Sooners have 10 of 11 starters back on an offense that shredded defenses for a remarkable 3,694 yards rushing last year.
October 18, 2009 |
About the time California's Jahvid Best was weaving his way through what looked like powder blue pylons, slipping tackle after tackle against the UCLA defense, the idea that there was a problem should have crossed the Bruins' minds. Best's 93-yard touchdown run underscored the Bears' ability to make big plays -- and the Bruins' inability to prevent them -- in Cal's 45-26 victory Saturday in a Pacific 10 Conference game at the Rose Bowl. By the time Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks was sailing down field on a 68-yard interception return to polish off things, the Bruins probably realized their season was in critical condition.