October 6, 2012 |
There is truth in every cliche, so Saturday night's Pac-12 Conference football game between UCLA and California could very well be won in the trenches. The Bears (1-4 overall, 0-2 Pac-12) rank last in the nation in pass protection. Quarterback Zach Maynard may be better acquainted with opposing defenders than he is with his own offensive linemen, who are allowing five sacks per game. His meet-and-greet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday could well be UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.
September 22, 2012 |
Oregon State 27, UCLA 20 (final) The Beavers were able to run out the clock, improving their record to 2-0 with the victory. They were the only team left in college football entering this weekend with only one game played. The Bruins have lost their first game in four outings this season. Oregon State 27, UCLA 20 (1:47 in the fourth quarter) The Bruins needed a touchdown. They had to settle for a field goal, a 35-yarder from Ka'imi Fairbairn. The kick was good, pulling UCLA to within a touchdown of Oregon State.
September 17, 2012 |
UCLA defensive players stole the spotlight from the offense during an uneven, 37-6 victory over Houston on Saturday night. Linebacker Eric Kendricks returned a botched lateral 23 yards for the Bruins' first touchdown. Cornerback Sheldon Price tied a UCLA record by intercepting three passes. And defensive end Datone Jones , making a cameo at tight end, caught a seven-yard touchdown pass. Price's performance was a big I'm-back moment. He missed the Nebraska game after suffering a concussion.
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)
September 4, 2012 |
UCLA is up against a quarterback who threw for 354 yards and tossed five touchdown passes last week. And yet the Bruins' coach and players are worried about Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's ability to run the ball. . "He's slippery," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. "You've got to get a whole body on him. He's wiry and has really good feet. He can get himself out of harm's way quickly. " Martinez completed 26 of 34 passes in 16th-ranked Nebraska's 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
August 21, 2012 |
Heading into last season, UCLA's defensive line was considered one of its strengths. Heading out of it, that unit was a clear weakness. Offenses ran roughshod over UCLA's front line and ultimately torched the Bruins for 190.6 rushing yards a game. UCLA surrendered more than 200 rushing yards in seven games, including in the Pac-12 championship, when Oregon ran for 352 yards and rolled the Bruins, 49-31. In the end, UCLA's rushing defense ranked 96th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and next to last in the Pac-12 Conference.
August 19, 2012 |
What has been clear through two-plus weeks of training camp is that the Bruins' defense is going to do the unexpected. Dalton Hilliard, a 198-pound safety, more or less playing an inside linebacker spot? Sure. “We're just moving him around a little bit,” Coach Jim Mora said. There has been a lot of that. Whether it's the smorgasbord of defensive fronts or the eclectic nickel-and-dime packages, it sometimes seems as if defensive coordinator Lou Spanos is pulling defensive looks out of a hat. “If all heck breaks lose, and you said, 'What is UCLA going to play?
August 18, 2012 |
A defense often adopts the personality of its coordinator. But what is going on at UCLA is body-snatcher-like eerie. Go to Lou Spanos, the guy with the square-jaw look and haircut to match, and ask what he learned from the Bruins' 2011 game tapes. Go ahead, make his day. "Our focus is on the 2012 Bruins' defense," the first-year defensive coordinator said with a smirk. Walk over to newly minted inside linebacker Damien Holmes to inquire what lessons defensive players learned from 2011.
November 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Salt Lake City -- This had a familiar feel, a familiar look, a familiar sound. UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel went around the locker room after the game cajoling Bruins' players to "stay up, stay up, I need you next week. " Defensive players were perplexed about being run over on the field. The offensive solution was to "execute better," which was an audio loop from player to player. Walking away after a 31-6 loss to Utah on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the Bruins could view this as a rerun.
October 29, 2011 |
The up and down UCLA Bruins found their way back up Saturday night against California at the Rose Bowl. The last time UCLA played, more than a week ago at Arizona, the Bruins lost by 36 points. But the one thing the Bruins have going for themselves is that they haven't lost two games in a row this season ?- and they haven't won two in a row, either. The victory over California improved the Bruins to 4-4 overall, 3-2 in Pacific 12 Conference play. California dropped to 4-4 and 1-4. UCLA was good on offense and defense in overpowering California.