UCLA links: Despite underwhelming start, Stanford still powerful

UCLA’s Jayon Brown (12) and teammates wrap up Stanford’s Bryce Love during the first half at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stanford has a very un-Stanford-like record and rushing defense, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora is not convinced this year’s version of the Cardinal are any different than previous iterations.

“They’re still Stanford,” Mora said. “They’re smart, they’re tough, they’re physical, they’re disciplined.”

The Cardinal have allowed 478 rushing yards in the past two games — both losses — and the Bruins are hoping to maintain an upward trend in their running attack. UCLA had a season-high 170 rushing yards last week against Memphis.

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UCLA men’s basketball finalizes TV broadcast schedule

All 31 of UCLA’s regular season games will be televised live for the 2017-18 season. Games times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

All 31 of UCLA’s regular-season games will be televised live this season, including at least 12 on the ESPN family of networks, four on Fox Sports 1 and three on CBS.

UCLA’s season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Nov. 10 will be on ESPN at 8 p.m. PT. ESPN will also carry UCLA’s marquee conference matchups at Arizona on Feb. 8 and at Oregon on Jan. 20. Both of UCLA’s rivalry games against USC will be on the ESPN family of networks, with Feb. 3’s game at Pauley Pavilion on either ESPN or ESPN2 and March 3’s game at Galen Center on ESPN.

UCLA has three nonconference games scheduled for a CBS broadcast in December: Dec. 9 at Michigan, Dec. 16 against Cincinnati and Dec. 23 against Kentucky in New Orleans.

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UCLA links: Defense searching for answers (still)

Memphis running back Darrell Henderson (8) gets past UCLA defenders Matt Dickerson (99) and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (91) as Henderson runs for an 80-yard gain in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Jim Mora wanted pressure. Tom Bradley was hesitant. Right after Memphis had a pseudo-timeout due to an official review? But the head coach called for the pressure anyway.

Then UCLA gave up a 33-yard touchdown catch to Anthony Miller, turning its four-point lead into a three-point deficit going into halftime.

“I called a pressure because I was frustrated,” Mora said of the play Monday, two days after UCLA’s 48-45 loss to Memphis. “We came free, but the linebacker that was blitzing was late and we left Darnay (Holmes) on an island. The reason why it’s not a good call is that coming out of a timeout, they have time to prepare. They have time to talk about it: ‘If they pressure, this is where we’ll go.’ No. 2, I should have thought about the fact that Darnay had just gotten beat and tried to help him. He’s a freshman. He’s an environment that he’s never been in before. I wanted to be aggressive, it was just a stupid call on my part. That was bad.”

The UCLA defense has a lot of mistakes to fess up to after allowing 515.3 yards per game through its first three contests. With a growing list in injuries and a critical conference game ahead, the Bruins are going back to the drawing board.

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