The Early Words: UCLA Football Notebook

As tempers have cooled and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel has had some time to think about the end of Saturday’s 28-7 loss, he still maintains he made the right call.
Down by 14 with 52 seconds left and three timeouts remaining, Neuheisel called a timeout. On the ensuing play, USC called a play-action pass, and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley found a streaking Damien Williams for a 48-yard touchdown.

“You don’t keep trying until that final whistle,” Neuheisel said in his Sunday night conference call with reporters. “Had there been 15 seconds left, I can understand. There were 50! There’s a chance for a fumble. I just don’t understand why people don’t see why you keep trying. If (Carroll) took offense, then certainly I send apologies over.”

The Trojans certainly appeared upset after the game.
Running into the locker room, USC senior tight end Anthony McCoy said that the team wasn’t trying to send a message or show the Bruins up.
His expression said the opposite.

“We wanted to just kneel the ball down and they wanted to get cute and call a timeout, so we came at them with a play-action pass and caught them off-guard,” USC senior tight end Anthony McCoy said. “If they want to get mad about it, they can. We don’t really care what they do. It’s about us.”

Meanwhile, after a cooling-off period, the Bruins appeared more upset at themselves than the Trojans. UCLA committed four turnovers and had five penalties for 60 yards, while averaging just 4.4 yards per play.

“It wasn’t anything they did,” said senior running back Chane Moline, who had 15 yards on 12 rushes with a two-yard touchdown. “It was us shooting ourselves in the foot. We were driving on them all game long, but then we’d get a personal foul, a holding. We beat ourselves. They’re a good team, but they didn’t beat us. We beat ourselves.”

Looking Back
In assessing the season, Neuheisel broke it down succinctly, for both sides of the ball.
“We improved in pass protection, we did not improve enough in the running offense,” Neuheisel said. “I thought we were a pretty good pass defense, but we still need to go a ways in terms of tackling.”

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  • El Maton

    sounds like Moline is a bit delusional. i dont remember the bruins moving the ball up and down the field. i saw a terrible offensive game plan, a young QB making errors and a defense that tried to help a terrible offense and had nothing left at the end (the last TD proves this).
    the players, coaches and fans need to realize that they were beat by a better team and just keep trying to get better.

  • rejn

    McCoy said – “IT’S ABOUT US.”

    What a brilliant mind. That’s the USC mentality. We are God…

  • Anonymous

    That doesn’t sound like a loser. That sounds like someone who believes his team can win. That’s the attitude you want going into next year.

  • Anonymous

    Jon,

    You and the rest of the reporters need to do a little research. Suggesting Pete Carroll was not going to try to score again unless RN used his time outs doesn’t fit with history. Pete Carroll always runs up the score. That’s what made his anger at Harbough so funny and pathetic

    (this info taken from LV Bruin on Bruinsnation, I edited to include only passing plays at the end of the game on 4th down with the game way out of hand)Here is “classy” Pete Carroll’s tenure:

    2003

    Up 38-14 with under 10:00 left against Notre Dame, 4th and 7 at ND 30 Matt Leinart (USC) pass right side complete to Mike Williams (USC) for 9 yards.

    Up 45-14 with under 4:00 left against Notre Dame, 4th and 4 at ND 19 John David Booty (USC) pass left side complete to David Kirtman (USC) for 5 yards.

    2004

    Up 31-0 with 10:41 left against Washington, 4th and 6 at WASH 30 Matt Leinart (USC) pass incomplete to the right side.; turnover on downs.

    Up 31-0 with 7:10 left against Washington, 4th and 17 at WASH 35 Matt Cassel (USC) pass right side complete to Desmond Reed (USC) for 2 yards; turnover on downs.

    Up 34-10 with about 7:00 left against Notre Dame, 4th and 3 at ND 39 16 yard penalty on Fighting Irish (this was a fake punt attempt, I repeat, a fake punt attempt)

    2005

    Up 49-10 with under 13:00 left against Hawaii, 4th and Goal at HAW 2 John D Booty pass complete to Dwayne Jarrett for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.

    Up 63-17 with 7:56 left against Arkansas, 4th and 8 at ARK 17 John Booty pass incomplete (I guess surpassing the 70 point barrier was too tempting to pass up)

    Up 44-17 with 8:00 left against Washington, 4th and 8 at WASH 28 John Booty pass intercepted by Dashon Goldson at the Wash 25, returned for 75 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.

    Up 44-14 with 10:38 left against Stanford, 4th and Goal at STAN 4 John Booty pass incomplete.

    Up 44-14 with 7:00 left against Stanford, 4th and 4 at STAN 16 John Booty pass complete to Patrick Turner for 8 yards to the Stanf 8 for a 1ST down.

    2006

    Up 44-14 with under 2:00 left against Arkansas, 4th and 4 at ARK 20 Mark Sanchez pass complete to Travon Patterson for 19 yards to the Ark 1 for a 1ST down (why go for three when you can get six, it’s silly)

    2008

    Up 35-3 with 10:08 left against Ohio State, 4th and 3 at OSU 16 Mark Sanchez sacked by Marcus Freeman for a loss of 11 yards to the OhSt 27.

    Up 37-10 with 4:00 left against, 4th and 2 at ORE 16 Mitch Mustain pass incomplete.

    Up 62-0 with 2:20 left against Washington State, 4th and Goal at WSU 4 C.J. Gable rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN (who wants to bet Cheatey thought about going for two in order to hit the 70 point mark)

    Up 49-0 with under 10:00 left against Washington, 4th and 2 at WASH 30 Mitch Mustain pass complete to Rhett Ellison for 21 yards to the Wash 9 for a 1ST down.

    Up 38-3 with under 5:00 left against Notre Dame, 4th and 14 at ND 27 Mitch Mustain pass intercepted by Gary Gray at the NDame 6, returned for 24 yards to the NDame 30.

    2009

    Up 49-3 with under 5:00 left against San Jose State, 4th and Goal at SJSU 13 Aaron Corp pass complete to D.J. Shoemate for 13 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (In all fairness, San Jose State does have a top secret 50 point play in their playbook)

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  • Anonymous

    UCLA had 5 penalties for 60 yards.

    USC had 12 penalties for 107 yards.

    I think the “shot themselves in the foot” theory is a bit flawed.

  • BE REAL

    If those last two comments were indeed from ucla fans, then my hat is off to them. Very rational, very classy.

    After reflection, I change my mind– Neuheisel had to use his timeouts. And I think Carroll over-reacted, got made actually, and thought he would show-up Neu and get a touchdown. These egomaniacs obviously cannot like each other.

    As for the “taunting” by SC, all I can say is if a man insults your wife on the street, are you allowed to physically attack him? The answer is no. I will never forget how the ucla players menacingly walked the field to take on SC. That was plain insane.

    Finally, the racist comments from ucla are amazing i.e SC is in the ghetto, SC is in South Central, the SC thugs are ghetto-bred. Uuuuh, does this sound like African-American bashing? And guess what– ucla has a lot of kids on its roster from South Central and a lot of kids who are African-American. I guess you cannot have it both ways bruins, but then the truth is difficult to pierce bigots’ minds.

    LAWYER JOHN

  • cerritosbruin

    That was a brilliant post LAWYER JOHN! That settles the issue for me. The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the case against of Coach Pete Carroll. He is clearly guilty of running up the score against the competition. I HATE HIM!

  • Jewin

    The thing is, we ARE better than you. The only thing you have over us is football, and that’s changing. We’re better in just about every other sport, including basketball. We’re also better academically, we have a much nicer location and campus, and we clearly have more class than you.

    When I was growing up (in the LA area), I didn’t know anyone who actually strove to go to USC. For most people, their top choices were UCLA and Berkeley. SC was for rich kids who couldn’t get into either of those schools of their own accord, but whose parents could afford to buy their way into USC.

    No, you guys don’t ever think about or compare yourselves to UCLA. I guess that’s why we get so few posts from Trojans on UCLA blogs, right?

  • Anonymous

    As a Lawyer, you’re a failure John. Not one Bruin touched a Trojan.

    I hope you don’t try to fool the judge with incorrect information in a court of law. The more you talk, the less you look like a lawyer.

  • cliq

    I don’t agree with Jewin. I don’t think we’re necessarily better than USC. I do think that those who think USC is perfect, are plain ignorant. While UCLA isn’t perfect either, most bruins try to stay honest. And hopefully like Wooden, a little respectful and classy. And I think most of the bruins I’ve run into have proven so, pardon the occasional jackass. Lately, I’ve been running into more and more classy USC fans as well, albiet still a minority ;)

  • Obviously

    “Do you think USC coaches, players and fans constantly compare themselves to UCLA? Never.”

    You’re exactly right, they know they can never reach that height.

    Sure USC has football, but in all honesty most fans never played the sport for either school. That leaves academics and I’ll associate myself with UCLA any day.

    Hey I live in the South. When people hear I am originally from the LA area they naturally start talking about both UCLA and USC. What do they say? USC, great football team, nothing else. UCLA, great academics, and solid sports teams.

    My job also takes me to Europe quite a bit. UCLA is definitely known and respected out there, never a mention of USC.

    USC is an LA thing. UCLA is definitely more respected all over. Sorry guy, football does not equal prestige.

  • doug4ucla

    Boy we have a lots of SC fans bathing the waters of self righteousness…..if it was not so stupid I would think they are trying to push UCLA buttons…keep up the hate speech makes me laugh.

  • Anonymous

    “rejn said:

    McCoy said – “IT’S ABOUT US.”

    What a brilliant mind. That’s the USC mentality. We are God…”

    Actually, that’s a common football cliche. I remember walking around campus and seeing the UCLA football players wearing a team tshirt that said about the same thing (it might’ve been “it’s all about us”).

  • lavsmousse

    L.A. Times is reporting Kevin Prince has a mild shoulder separation and is out for 3-6 weeks, which rules him out of any bowl game…if we make one. I am so glad to be the one updating this blog for everyone.

  • michael manning

    BE REAL said:
    If those last two comments were indeed from ucla fans, then my hat is off to them. Very rational, very classy.

    “After reflection, I change my mind– Neuheisel had to use his timeouts. And I think Carroll over-reacted, got made actually, and thought he would show-up Neu and get a touchdown. These egomaniacs obviously cannot like each other.

    As for the “taunting” by SC, all I can say is if a man insults your wife on the street, are you allowed to physically attack him? The answer is no. I will never forget how the ucla players menacingly walked the field to take on SC. That was plain insane.

    Finally, the racist comments from ucla are amazing i.e SC is in the ghetto, SC is in South Central, the SC thugs are ghetto-bred. Uuuuh, does this sound like African-American bashing? And guess what– ucla has a lot of kids on its roster from South Central and a lot of kids who are African-American. I guess you cannot have it both ways bruins, but then the truth is difficult to pierce bigots’ minds.”

    LAWYER JOHN

    Unadulterated BS, Lawyer John!

  • samohopar

    When I think of GHETTO, i sure as hell don’t think African-American. I think of poor, uneducated, lacking in values and morals…in other words your typical USC fan. And no, nothing to do with black…they could be black, white, mexican, asian, armenian…doesn’t matter. So when an idiot like the not so prestigious lawyer equates ghetto = black, it’s his own subtle racism and nobody else’s.

  • BruinFaithful

    Lawyer John,

    I guess you don’t have the stones to defend your wife’s honor. Maybe you can pay somebody to do it for you. No need to get your hands dirty.

    BTW, I didn’t see a single Bruin “physically attack” any Condom. Last time I checked, “menacingly walked” (nice grammar btw)is not illegal nor a penalty, while taunting is. Nice try Spin Queen. I guess we can now refer to you as a “Spinner”.

  • Anonymous

    What Bea Arthur and SCum did during the last 50 seconds of Saturday’s game was the best thing that could have happened to UCLA. That is besides winning. If this doesn’t get these kids and coaches to work harder into the offseason, then they should just lay down and die. Like so many writers have suggested Rick do in the last minute of the game.

  • Anonymous

    It’s quite true that UCLA is known and highly respected throughout the world, and USC…isn’t. I played host last year to a brilliant lady who was an English professor in her native Serbia. She was thinking about sending her equally brilliant son to a school in America; perhaps the West Coast. Of course, she’d heard of UCLA, Berkeley, and Stanford. But then she said someone she knew mentioned “some school called ‘The University of Southern California’” and she reacted with complete ignorance. Never heard of the place…

  • Anonymous

    I’m a life long Bruin fan and will always remain one. I really thought what the snake did was funny, I thought the topper would have been to go for two. I have no problem with what SCUmbag did, that’s part of the rivalry. The problem I have is why did crybaby have a problem with J Harbaugh. These incidents go hand and hand but yet all SUC nation can’t understand this. They (SUC) feel these are two totally different situations. Pete the Cheat had top recruits on his sidelines and he had to impress and entertain them and since his team wasn’t impressing anyone, not that we were impressive either but SCUmbag got desperate and this is all he could come up with. Nice

  • DonkeyBruin

    This board is ridiculous.

    What Petey did is great for this rivalry. We’re talking about football… leave the BS (albeit true) about academics out of it.

    And referring to SC as “South Central” is NOT a racist slur. It only refers to SC’s crappy location.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a SC fan. This rivalry is getting ugly both on and off feild. The amount of racist comments made by so called ucla fans stunned me. I’ve heard this in past games but it usally came from drunk radier fans from both sides. I saw a bruin fan get smaked in the mouth for saying “I’m sure all these blacks and Mexican go to SC” I used to crack jokes about ucla being a commi socialist school, but now I don’t know what to call them. You stay classy ucla student body.

  • Anonymous

    So John’s a failure as a lawyer because “not one Bruin touched a Trojan.” First off, that’s not what he said. He said the Bruins walked menacingly over to the USC side of the field (which incidentally should have been a penalty). But back to the legal arguments, because you all are such remarkable legal scholars. So if the standard is “physical touching,” then I suppose we all can go around branishing a gun in people’s face and if they give us their money, why, we’re not guilty, we didn’t physically touch them…

    Well with logic like that, I guess we’ve at least learned one thing, U.S. News and World Report is right that UCLA’s education is pretty much the same as USC (2 spot difference). And given the CA deficit and us taxpayers no longer willing to carry you free loaders, give it a year or two and SC will be ranked academically higher as well.

  • Anonymous

    How funny, because purpotedly one lady from England had not heard of USC, you’ve concluded that USC is not world renowned? Did your bright English friend ever hear of the California Institute of Technonolgy? Must not be a good school either. Wow, that UCLA education is far superior. You guys can draw conclusions based on one antedotal story. Of course, it could also be your English friend is a complete uneducated moron. I guess we all can draw our own conclusions.

    By the way, U.S. News & World Report… UCLA is ranked 24, USC is 26. Yes, much more world renowned. I’ll take the unbiased and well researched ranking of U.S. New & World Report over some illinformed nit wit from England.

  • Anon

    Well, look at the U.S. News WORLD rankings. UCLA is 32nd and USC 112. That is what is more reliable in terms of world prestige. ‘SC is barely on the map. UCLA has an academic peer ranking of 100 out of 100, USC has 62 out of 100. I don’t think the gap is going to close any time soon (i.e., never).

  • PUSC 3

    petey wasn’t running up the score, he was worried his defense would give up 40 points in the last 5 minutes of those games.

  • uscfd

    When Obama and I were having lunch with the King of Denmark, he asked how SC’s football team looked this year.
    I replied that we were playing ucla this week and he said “who?”

    See how it works.

  • TROJAN TROLL

    “When Obama and I were having lunch with the King of Denmark, he asked how SC’s football team looked this year.
    I replied that we were playing ucla this week and he said ‘who?’”

    That’s because he was asking about the Gamecocks and when he saw you were a 400 pound 40 year-old saying “we” play UCLA he had no idea what the hell you were talking about…

  • Anonymous

    “When Obama and I were having lunch with the King of Denmark, he asked how SC’s football team looked this year.
    I replied that we were playing ucla this week and he said “who?””

    Hilarious comment. Surprised Obama didn’t ask about the SCum basketball since his brother in the law’s first conference win came against trojans.

  • Anonymous

    Samohopar says:

    “When I think of GHETTO, i sure as hell don’t think African-American. I think of poor, uneducated, lacking in values and morals.”

    So people in poor/ghetto neighborhoods are “lacking in values and morals.”

    classy