Just got back from the locker room after UCLA’s 36-31 loss to Fresno State and it wasn’t as bad as you might have expected. The general sentiment was one of frustration, but not dejection. Most of the players said they were happy that progress was made, that the offense showed signs of life, and that the Bruins put themselves in position to win.
Still, ending the way it did, with the defense unable to get the Bulldogs off the field on the final drive, which ate up almost nine minutes off the clock, was tough to swallow.
Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker called it “humiliating.”
“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “We wasted a pretty good performance by our offense.”
I have to give a lot of credit to freshman running back Derrick Coleman, who stood in front of his locker answering question after question about his fumble in the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t have security of the ball and they hit it out from me,” Coleman said. “All I know is the ball came out and I should’ve had control of it. …It’s disappointing. We had the win in our reach. But we’re all still healthy, we got a game next week, and we’re going to get ready for it.”
Is it me, or does it feel like UCLA could be up by two touchdowns in this game? UCLA’s offense has been able to move the ball –234 total yards on 40 plays, 19 points — but has come up short on some critical third down (and one fourth down) plays.
Fresno has been remarkably efficient, doing all it’s damage offensively in just 10 minutes and 47 seconds.