UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley talked to reporters about what’s gone wrong for the Bruins in back-to-back losses, the emergence of running back Paul Perkins, and his memories of his four-interception performance at Cal in 2012.
Excited to say that I'm verbally committed to UCLA. pic.twitter.com/h2yTtKVCYz
— Cassius Peat (@cassiuspeat) October 14, 2014
UCLA has landed another linebacker in its 2015 class, securing a commitment from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol’s Cassius Peat.
Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Peat stands at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds and comes from an impressive athletic background. His older brother, Andrus Peat, is a 6-foot-7, 316-pound left tackle at Stanford who made several preseason All-American lists heading into this season — and also projects as an elite NFL prospect.
Their father, Todd Peat, was a six-year NFL offensive lineman who started eight games for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992.
Scout.com ranks Cassius Peat as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the country, while Rivals.com has him at No. 42. The Bruins also have commitments from three-star outside linebacker Josh Woods and three-star inside linebacker Victor Alexander.
UCLA receiver Jordan Payton talked on Monday about the team’s mood after losing to Utah and Oregon — the second straight year that the Bruins have lost back-to-back games in the middle of the season.
“We have to get this out of our system,” Payton said. “This one hurts a lot because you put a lot of time and effort into understanding how big that game was. For us to go out there and kind of just play like we did, it’s sad. It’s hard. …
“Now, we have to win. Now, we have to do everything right. Now, our backs are fully against the wall.”
UCLA will kick off its Oct. 25 road game against Colorado at 11 a.m. PT, the Bruins’ earliest start since their season opener against Virginia.
The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, and marks the third straight contest UCLA will start before 1 p.m. PT — following back-to-back 12:30 p.m. kickoffs against Oregon and Cal on FOX and ESPN2, respectively.
This is not the season UCLA had expected.
Popularly touted as a national title contender through most of the summer, the Bruins no longer even look like a conference contender. They started the season by stumbling through three unconvincing nonconference wins, getting by with timely plays despite some lackluster overall numbers. After a bye week, UCLA briefly found itself — storming out to a 62-27 rout at then-No. 15 Arizona State and bouncing back into the top 10 of the AP poll.
Reality hit a week later. Utah gashed the Bruins on the ground and won 30-28 at the Rose Bowl. On Saturday, Oregon followed that with a 42-30 victory over UCLA that never felt close.
Now unranked with even a Pac-12 South division title far from guaranteed, Bruin head coach Jim Mora told the media who to blame.
“Just remember whenever you write anything, that the guy that should get all the blame is me,” he said Sunday. Continue reading
This is a strange time for the Pac-12.
Stanford, the back-to-back conference champion, has two losses and is ranked No. 23. Arizona and Utah — which entered the season unranked since 2012 and 2010, respectively — are 16th and 20th.
And then there’s UCLA, which just two weeks ago was still a top-ten team.
For the first time since third-year head coach Jim Mora’s debut season, the Bruins have fallen out of the Associated Press completely. A 42-30 loss to Oregon on national television — one in which the Ducks led by as much as 32 — dispelled what little hope UCLA had left for making the inaugural College Football Playoff, dropping the Bruins from No. 18 to “receiving votes.”
They now sit one spot outside the top-25 rankings, with 110 points to No. 25 Marshall’s 148.
UCLA hadn’t been absent from the AP poll since Jan. 8, 2013, the final set of rankings following the 2012 season. The Bruins ended that year with a 49-26 loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl and dropped out from No. 17.
The full rankings below: Continue reading
» UCLA’s season is at a crossroad after a 42-30 decision against Oregon dealt the team back-to-back losses.
» Vinny Bonsignore’s column on Jeff Ulbrich’s mid-game outburst, and how it turned into a learning experience for the 37-year-old defensive coordinator.
» Larry Scott said the Pac-12 will review the punch Eddie Vanderdoes threw during the second quarter, one that did not result in an ejection.