Here is my report card for UCLA’s loss to Fresno State. Feel free to vote on what you think the grades should be.
Fresno State 36, UCLA 31
Record 1-3; Weekly grade: C
The accuracy must improve, but Kevin Craft (11 of 20, 150 yards) made solid decisions and did not turn the ball over.
Backs accounted for 159 yards and two TDs, but no overlooking Derrick Coleman’s costly fumble.
Taylor Embree and Terrence Austin were only wideouts with catches. Is there anyone to stretch the field?
Fresno State wasn’t world-beaters on defense, but 234 yards rushing and one sack makes qualifies OL coach Bob Palcic as miracle worker.
DTs Brian Price and Brigham Harwell playing well, but more production is needed from DEs.
Easy to see why coaches are high on Akeem Ayers (3 tackles, 1 sack), but LBs didn’t make plays on FSU’s last drive.
Something needs to get figured out in UCLA’s nickel package because it is the Achilles heel of the defense.
Strong returns and a blocked PAT, but allowed a punt return for TD, had a PAT blocked and hold negated UCLA TD on opening kick.
Bruins are prepared and the offensive game plan was creative, but staff must find someone who can cover in nickel packages.