Tackling the issue (Umm, Part 2), and more

A day after UCLA’s 29-21 loss to No. 15 Arizona at the Rose Bowl, head coach Rick Neuheisel was still lamenting the team’s poor tackling.
The Wildcats totaled 583 yards on Saturday, including 374 in the first half against a Bruin defense that had trouble taking players to the ground.
“You can’t just get an arm on them and let them spin out and then make a play,” Neuheisel said. “I give their quarterback (Matt) Scott a lot of credit. I mean, he spun out and made some plays down the field, some really pivotal plays.”
Scott had 390 total yards, including 319 yards passing and a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Juron Criner.
Scott was at his best on the move, even when the Bruins had him pinned down.
“The second touchdown drive after the score was 7-7, it’s third down and three and we’ve got a sack, Sean Westgate has got him sacked,” Neuheisel said. “It’s going to be a six, seven-yard loss and they’re going to punt or kick a long field goal. But he spins out and gets it all the way up to 1-yard, they go for it on fourth and 1 and they make it. That’s a huge play.”

Filthy again?
The UCLA offensive line, much-maligned after consecutive losses to Cal and Oregon, performed admirably against Arizona.
After allowing just two sacks, it did not go unnoticed, particularly as the defense faced one of the top defenses in they country in the Wildcats.
”I thought the offensive line played pretty well,” Neuheisel said. “They were a little less aggressive because of the Pistol, so that played into it a little bit. The ends stayed pretty much on the line of scrimmage, but I thought our offensive line graded out pretty well.”

Bumps and Bruises
Neuheisel got the official word on sophomore wide receiver Jerry Johnson and sophomore f-back Jerry Johnson, and it isn’t good.
Both are out for the season after UCLA’s 29-21 loss to Arizona at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Thigpen suffering a broken clavicle, and Johnson breaking his ankle. Thigpen has already had surgery, and Johnson is waiting on a second opinion to determine if he needs surgery.
Junior middle linebacker Steve Sloan, who became starter because of the loss of sophomore Patrick Larimore (shoulder) last week, strained a hamstring and is questionable for next week’s matchup with Oregon State.
That leaves UCLA with only freshman Jordan Zumwalt in the middle, with scout-team linebackers Isaiah Bowens and Mike Schmitt backing him up.

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  • spedjones

    Zumwalt’s going to be a beast.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how many more guys we can lose this season, but the flipside is that the young guys will get some quality playing time.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Nice attitide VB. Do you call people you don’t know morons face to face or do you only find that courage on the iternet?

  • tired of terrible

    The fact that Neuheisel didn’t realize he was punting from their 35 with options and time running out in the 4th speaks volumes. Good teams, ones with identities, game plans and leading coaches take control of their destinies, go for it and score. (and if they don’t score, send messages) Teams with nothing but excuses, that have a new plan thrown at the wall every weak (misspelling intended) punt into the end zone for net 15 yards and take moral victories in keeping it close.

    I’m a Rick fan, but he is suffering from Charlie Weiss disease where pro football coaches go to college and believe all that matters is execution and as long as you beat the guy in front of you it’s okay that everyone knows what you’re going to do. It’s not 1972 and the same defense every play, telegraphed vanilla blitzes on occasion and an offense with no deception or ability to put the defense on it’s heels doesn’t cut it anymore. Neither does slow, predictable, badly executed schemes and effort.

    Rick needs to change the entire philosophy, make it fun, let loose, scheme, disguise blitz, etc. And if you’re gonna run the pistol, the defense actually needs to think it’s possible that your QB may run. Find an identity, ANY IDENTITY and commit the team it. When QB’s make mistakes don’t berate them extensively on the sideline. Mix up the D, mix up the O and have fun. YOU GUYS HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE, YOU STINK!

  • Anonymous

    Check out the drive stats at the official site http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2010-2011/uaucla.html#GAME.DRV

    ARIZONA punted from the UCLA 35 with 3:14 left in the game.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to Golper? Wasn’t he also supposed to be a stud MLB recruit?

  • Anonymous

    I was talking about when down 5 (~ 10 minutes left) UCLA punted from the 42 yard line (not the 35), which went into the endzone for net 22 yards. When Arizona punted, THEY HAD THE LEAD for one thing, and a defense that was killing their WEAK opponents offense.

    I also understand it was 4th and 17, but the bottom line, a lot of winning teams would go for it at the 42 when losing. AT A MINIMUM THEIR COACH WOULD REMEMBER! And this 3-5, perennial 2nd worst team in the Pac 10 team should start thinking differently and playing like they have nothing to lose, because they don’t.


    Someone get on the phone and BEG DEWAYNE WALKER to come back !