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UCLA’s annual tradition of alternate uniforms will be commemorated on Oct. 22 against Cal, with the Bruins breaking out these new “City” jerseys as part of a Rose Bowl blackout effort. So if you can make to Pasadena at 6 p.m. on a Thursday, the school encourages you to wear black.
If you’re not happy with the alternates, take solace: The Bruins are 4-0* in alternate uniforms since 2012!
UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn talks about his 53-yard field goal against Arizona State, his first career make from at least 50 yards out. The senior is only nine points shy of the No. 2 spot on the Bruins’ all-time scoring list.
UCLA’s offense has trended toward the ground in the past few weeks. In the Bruins’ last three first halves, they have run the ball on 44 first downs while passing on only 19. In Saturday’s loss against Arizona State, they handed the ball off to tailback Paul Perkins to start five straight first downs — despite the Sun Devils stacking the box.
Asked about the shift, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said the changes have been due more to his decisions rather than anything he’s seen in the on-field matchups.
“I was not nearly as aggressive as a playcaller as I should be at this point,” Mazzone said Thursday. “It’s like life. If you wake up in the morning and you get out of bed, and all you’re worrying about is not making mistakes, you might as well not get your ass up out of bed. You might as well stay in bed. Continue reading
Despite expressing support for Myles Jack’s decision to leave UCLA, head coach Jim Mora sounded uncertain about the linebacker’s draft prospects.
On Tuesday, Mora described Jack’s choice to go pro as a risky move, saying that he had “never seen a guy taken off of” just three games as a junior. The 20-year-old started 28 straight games as a Bruin before suffering a season-ending meniscus tear late last month.
However, Jack told NFL.com that had a brief conversation with Mora and left under the impression that the coach was back him “1,000 percent.”
“(His later comments) definitely surprised me,” Jack told NFL.com‘s Mike Silver, “but I don’t know — maybe that’s what he felt. I mean, it’s a little crazy down there right now. They just suffered their first defeat (to Arizona State), and these are crazy times around here. But I’m still riding with the Bruins. Continue reading