UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talked about the Bruins’ 40-21 loss to USC on Saturday, touching on the run defense and third-down efficiency.
Against a USC defense that elected to stay in man coverage, No. 22 UCLA couldn’t get enough offensive traction to prevent a 40-21 loss at the Coliseum on Saturday.
Asked if he was surprised that the Trojans didn’t show as much zone, Bruin offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said: “It’s always the same thing offensively. The margin for error always gets small when you play good football teams. Our biggest problem is, you can’t turn the ball over.”
Quarterback Josh Rosen lost a fumble and threw two interceptions in one of the worst performances of what had been a very impressive freshman season.
Thomas Duarte said the main cause of UCLA’s 41-20 loss to USC on Saturday was lack of execution. However, the junior receiver also said that the team wasn’t prepared for the Trojans’ man defense, leading to a 19-of-37, two-interception outing for freshman quarterback Josh Rosen.
“It kind of confused him, I think,” Duarte said. “They brought different pressures. They did stuff we weren’t really ready for. His rhythm was a little off today.”
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen looked flustered in his first rivalry game, finishing 19 of 37 for 227 yards, a touchdown and two picks in a 41-20 loss at USC.
“We made that defense look a lot better than they necessarily were,” Rosen said. “No shot to them at all. I just felt like we didn’t execute like we should have.”
Jim Mora talked about UCLA’s 40-21 loss to USC on Saturday, his first time finishing on the wrong side of the crosstown rivalry in four years with the Bruins.
“We came up short today, and it’s disappointing,” he said. “It’s a new feeling for us here.”