UCLA links: Offense stays the course

UCLA Bruins' quarterback Josh Rosen fires a pass during the second half against Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

UCLA Bruins’ quarterback Josh Rosen fires a pass during the second half against Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

UCLA knows its offense hasn’t produced the type of results it would like four games into the season, but the Bruins are sticking with it.

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo said Tuesday he thinks the offense and quarterback Josh Rosen are close to a breakthrough and when that moment does come, it’ll be hard to stop the Bruins.

More on the importance of patience for the Bruins.

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UCLA football adds Fresno State to 2024 schedule

In case you lay out your football plans eight years in advance, UCLA football announced a nonconference game against Fresno State for the 2024 season on Tuesday, scheduling a matchup for Sept. 14, 2024 at the Rose Bowl.

The game against Fresno State joins UCLA’s season opener at LSU in that season’s nonconference schedule. The Bruins face the Tigers on Aug. 31, 2024.

The Bulldogs are also on UCLA’s home schedule for the 2018 (Sept. 15) and 2021 (Sept. 18) seasons.

Here is UCLA’s future nonconference schedules: Continue reading

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UCLA links: Bruins put Stanford loss behind them

Stanford Cardinal's Christian McCaffrey rumbles for more yards against UCLA Bruins' defense during the first half at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stanford Cardinal’s Christian McCaffrey rumbles for more yards against UCLA Bruins’ defense during the first half at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Head coach Jim Mora said he had never seen his team more crushed by a loss than when he saw the Bruins in the locker room at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. They stewed about the loss for 24 hours, went through corrections and went to dinner.

Then they moved on.

Mora doesn’t believe the team’s goals are out of reach, despite the 2-2 start. It’s a lot harder now, he admitted, but that’s why moving on and learning from the loss to the Cardinal is important.

More on how UCLA is pushing the loss into the past

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First look: Arizona at UCLA

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins is a threat in the air and on the ground for UCLA. (Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP)

Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins is a threat in the air and on the ground for UCLA. (Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP)

UCLA Bruins (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Rose Bowl
TV: ESPN
Radio: AM 570

Scouting report: Arizona got off to a slow start to the season, losing a thriller to BYU then squeaking by Grambling State. The Wildcats had a quarterback controversy during the offseason and settled on Anu Solomon, but Solomon was injured in practice after the season opener. Three games later, it seems his replacement Brandon Dawkins is here to stay. Dawkins is a dual-threat quarterback who gave No. 10 Washington’s stout defense fits. He ran for 176 yards and passed for 167 while scoring three total touchdowns in the overtime loss. Freshman running back J.J. Taylor is out due to a broken ankle suffered against UW. He was second on the team in rushing (after Dawkins) after starter Nick Wilson was injured in Arizona’s win over Hawai‘i. Like last year, defense is a concern for the Wildcats. They gave up 512 total yards to the Huskies, including 352 on the ground and rank 10th in the conference in total defense. Continue reading

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