Recapping UCLA’s 38-23 loss to unranked Arizona State

UCLA’s first loss cost the team 13 spots in the AP poll, the Bruins dropping to No. 20 after falling short against unranked Arizona State.

Here’s our coverage from the 38-25 debacle at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night:

» Almost nothing went right for the Bruins, whose battered defense couldn’t do enough to make up for a sputtering offense.
» As both teams struggled early on offense, it was kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn who came up big.
» Vinny Bonsignore’s column on UCLA, which couldn’t wake up in time to stay within sight of its playoff dreams.
» Arizona State coach Todd Graham: “There wasn’t much trickery to it. We came over and dominated the line of scrimmage, dominated all three phases.”

  • http://bestmenudo.com ThaiMex

    Mazzone comes across like the great big dummy he is…

    • Ace

      So you post over here when you lose. Typical Bruin little girl.

  • Ray

    LOL. Lots of posts here! LOL! No wonder you TROLL “Inside USC” HAHAHAHAHA

    • Aero93

      cliven let you in from the field and let you use his computer again?

  • jameskatt

    Any national championship talk even before the season even started should have been considered crap.

    The fact is, UCLA also has this season to beat:
    1. Stanford
    2. Cal
    3. Utah
    4. USC

    UCLA has to beat ALL FOUR and keep a perfect record in order to be considered for the national championship. This is a near IMPOSSIBLE Goal even if the Bruins are healthy. And this is a year UCLA doesn’t play Oregon.

    So the actual far more realistic goal is to win the Pac 12.
    And for this, UCLA has a decent chance even with a loss.

    UCLA has a bye week to study film and improve their play.

    • 88 Straight

      UCLA will probably have to win all 4 to have a shot at winning the PAC-12 as well. It’s a tall order and the ASU loss is very significant.

      • jameskatt

        Even if it won against ASU, UCLA would still have to beat all 4 of these teams – a very difficult task even if the team was fully healthy and had Myles.

        UCLA hasn’t beaten Stanford in years. Utah would be very very difficult for UCLA to beat. And USC is tougher than last year.

        • 88 Straight

          I don’t think they would have had to beat all 4 teams. I think a 1 loss UCLA would win the South and a loss to Stanford would be less costly than a loss to ASU because Stanford is not in the division.

  • 92104bruinfan

    Man, I was hoping the Bruins would find a way to win ugly and get to the bye week to recalibrate a bit on both sides of the ball. I had a sense ASU was due for an A level game and was hoping it wouldn’t happen this last Saturday. Oh well. Hope the team gets settled into school, mends a bit, and then comes back ready for a huge game at the Farm next Thursday. Go Bruins!

    • EncinitasBruin

      The fact of the matter is that we are a much better road team under Mora. Playing at the Rose Bowl, oddly enough, seems to hurt us against strong competition. This team, as battered and banged up as we are on D, still has the moxie to win the South and vie for the P12 title–if we can figure out how to generate a run game against stout Ds such as Stanford and Utah. As well, I’d argue that special teams contributed heavily to our loss Saturday–our punting was atrocious, while ASU’s was immaculate.

      • bruinray97

        I’m with you on that special teams comment. Don’t know what’s going on there, but I hope it gets addressed during the bye. I don’t know that we can run with those two bruising teams. I don’t think A.S.U. is as physical as Stanford or Utah, and they just manhandled our Bruins on Saturday. As far as the South, it’s just so unpredictable right now. It’s a very fluid situation with all of these good teams.

        • 88 Straight

          It was a rare off night for special teams. Normally they are strong with the exception being the punting game.

          • EncinitasBruin

            Nothing against the kid, but Mengel is arguably the worst punter we’ve had in a while. His avg must be in the mid 30s.

          • 88 Straight

            He is very inconsistent. It isn’t his fault, UCLA was desperate last year.

      • jameskatt

        Ironically, having more blocking backs to protect the runner would have been useful, rather than using our tight ends as receivers.

        A lot of short quick passes like in a West Coast offense would be useful – not the slow developing long sideline pass that their current offense favors.

  • http://bestmenudo.com ThaiMex

    The guy reminds me of that guy in Hogans hero’s…….
    ‘Klink, you are an idiot’

  • Darwinian

    Game was lost due to match ups, they took advantage of mismatches and defense was vulnerable. Third down conversions hurt us, because asu defense just sat and waited for the run. Rosen needs to be verse checking calls before the snap and be decisive in the face of a blitz. Know when the blitz is coming and execute a short screen pass.