Brett Hundley and UCLA were on fire offensively, and after staking a 19-0 lead and allowing 17 consecutive points, the Bruins rallied. They scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and held Rice scoreless in the second half. There was some ugly stuff – see the special teams unit – but a win is a win and Jim Mora will take it.
The UCLA defense is looking suspect, but Damien Holmes returned a 43-yard fumble 43 yards to give UCLA a 35-24 halftime lead. Brett Hundley has looked poised and comfortable back there, but he threw his first career interception in the second quarter after telegraphing the pass the whole way. Overall, UCLA should be happy with an 11-point lead …
The only injury I can report was the bee sting to my hand. Mega pain, but I’m OK now.
UCLA coach Jim Mora, who hails from the NFL, is starting to crack down on injury reports and such from practice. You can tell it’s game week, eh?
Asked how Brett Hundley is doing, Mora said “fine.”
Asked if he’s decided which coaches will be in the pressbox and which are on the field, he just said “yes.”
It’s the NFL in him.
Players practiced today since UCLA opens the season Thursday at Rice in Houston. So today was like a Tuesday.
Brett Hundley said he’s not nervous yet, but he’s sure he’ll that fire in him come game time on Thursday.
Videos to come.
Go behind the scenes on an exclusive tour of the Rose Bowl renovation with me! The video is from Aug. 3, so sorry it’s taken a while to put together, but nonetheless I think it’s a cool insiders view of the work that’s being done on the pavilion.
I’m sure a lot more work has been done over the last 12 days — considering there are nearly 300 workers trying to get this done by UCLA’s home opener Sept. 8 vs. Nebraska. Watch the video above and read my story on the renovation.
Here’s a column I wrote on Justin Combs – the son of rap mogul Sean ”Diddy” Combs. Impressed with his attitude and work ethic and the way he handled national criticism over his athletic scholarship at UCLA. Read here.
Making a cameo on the blog for what I think is a worthy tribute to John Wooden. Four coaches from Uganda were at UCLA yesterday, and they’ll be here today, to soak in all things Wooden. They are using his principles to help kids who are in desperate need of it. The power of Wooden reaches all corners of the world.
#UCLA guard #Lazeric Jones scores 26 points but misses the potential game-winner in the lane, blocked by Josh Huestis, with two seconds left as Stanford wins 60-59. UCLA made just 15 of 24 free throws and had 9 turnovers in the first half, cutting it to just two in the second half.
Every time the Bruins cut the lead to one or tied, Stanford answered.
As reported earlier, Norman Powell and Lazeric Jones will play tonight. Both suffered left ankle sprains but returned to practice yesterday and participated in this morning’s shootaround and warmups just a while ago.
Game tips off at 8 p.m. here at Maples. Will update you at halftime and after the game. Hang in there as we’re on a tight deadline for the paper, too. You can also follow live updates at http://www.twitter.com/jillpainter.
And happy new year!