UCLA links: Where do the Bruins go now?

Stanford running back Bryce Love, left, leaps past UCLA defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After back-to-back losses, including Saturday’s 58-34 disappointment to Stanford, UCLA has a long to-do list to get back on track. Head coach Jim Mora laid it out Monday:

  • Defense
    • Open-field tackling
    • Build a trust among teammates within the scheme
    • Play with “maniacal effort”
  • Offense
    • Limit turnovers
    • Capitalize on defensive takeaways
  • Special teams
    • Cover kick returns and limit opponent return yardage
    • Shore up kick return blocking to allow for longer returns

The Bruins have a week to check off each box before Saturday’s game against Colorado. UCLA is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak heading into the bye week.

More on the tale of the Stanford tape

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First look: UCLA vs. Colorado

Isaiah Oliver scored a touchdown on a 68-yard punt return to seal Colorado’s win over UCLA last year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

UCLA (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. PT | Rose Bowl
TV: ESPN2
Radio: AM 1150/AM 570

Scouting report

The Buffaloes stumbled out of the conference gate, getting blown out in the second half of a 37-10 loss to Washington last weekend in their Pac-12 opener.

Despite high expectations for an offense returning a 1,000-yard rusher and talented wide receivers, Colorado is 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring (26.2 points per game) and total offense (413.8 yards per game). Quarterback Steven Montez is coming off one of the worst games of his young career, throwing three interceptions and no touchdowns on 21-for-27 passing. The sophomore is working behind an inconsistent offensive line, though, as Colorado’s 14 sacks allowed are tied for the second-most in the conference.

The defense that lost eight starters, including four NFL Draft picks, is still among the top groups in the Pac-12. Colorado allows the second-fewest points per game (16.0). However, the Buffaloes gave up 27 second-half points to Washington last weekend. Continue reading “First look: UCLA vs. Colorado” »

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About last night: A review of UCLA’s 58-34 loss to Stanford

Stanford running back Bryce Love, right, runs past UCLA defensive lineman Chigozie Nnoruka (93) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UCLA nearly conquered its Stanford mountain in 2016, but the Bruins took several steps backwards in the 2017 attempt, losing 58-34 at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

With a chance to go up by two touchdowns, Theo Howard dropped a pass in the end zone and the ensuing field goal was blocked. The Bruins were at the Stanford 3-yard line and came away with no points. Then Stanford scored 17 straight in the next 6:32 to finish the half. The Cardinal went on to score on eight of their final drives with seven touchdowns.

“It just steam rolled,” head coach Jim Mora said. “It’s an incredibly disappointing feeling for all of us. These young men work so hard, this staff works so hard, and we were ready, we came out and we were playing well and then it just went the wrong way.”

Links to wrap up UCLA’s conference opener:

A more in-depth review of the game: Continue reading “About last night: A review of UCLA’s 58-34 loss to Stanford” »

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UCLA game GIFs: Bruins lose 10th straight to Stanford

Stanford ran for 405 yards against UCLA and hung 58 points as the Bruins lost their 10th straight in the series 58-34. Here are fan reactions to the loss:

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