UCLA tailback Paul Perkins sets career highs in season’s first start

Head coach Jim Mora wouldn’t commit to a true No. 1 back, but Paul Perkins sure looked like the man for the job on Saturday in UCLA’s 42-35 win.

In his first start of the season, the redshirt sophomore set career highs with 23 carries, 98 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns against Memphis, including a 17-yard scamper that gave his team an early 6-0 lead. He touched the ball more than any other Bruin has since Nov. 17, 2012 — when all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin turned 29 carries into 171 yards and two scores against USC.

Perkins scored his second touchdown on a four-yard run in the second quarter. Continue reading

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UCLA 42, Memphis 35: Jim Mora reviews defensive struggles

After a strong performance at Virginia to open the season, UCLA’s defense gave up 469 offensive yards to Memphis on Saturday in a 42-35 win. It was the most the Bruins surrendered to a regular-season nonconference opponent since head coach Jim Mora arrived in 2012.

“I felt like guys were trying to do too much, rather than doing what they were supposed to do,” Mora said. “When you try to do too much, ultimately what happens is, you get exposed.”

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UCLA offense comes through, defense does just enough in 42-35 win over Memphis

Call it versatility. Or confusion.

UCLA would probably prefer to just call it winning.

Two weeks into the season, the No. 11 Bruins are undefeated thanks to a 42-35 win over the Memphis Tigers Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. They couldn’t have achieved their two victories in more opposite fashion.

After the offense produced one touchdown a week ago against Virginia, quarterback Brett Hundley and company found the end zone six times while piling up 540 yards.

The UCLA defense that scored three touchdowns in one game for the first time in 28 years last week gave up 463 yards to Memphis, just 82 fewer than Tigers’ Week 1 opponent Austin Peay of the FCS. Continue reading

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UCLA’s Myles Jack makes season debut at running back vs. Memphis

PASADENA >> Myles Jack is a running back again.

The reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year on both sides of the ball played exclusively at linebacker in UCLA’s season opener, but got his first carry at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. He was in on two plays on the Bruins’ first drive against Memphis, gaining one yard on a carry before subbing back out.

Jack had 13 tackles against Virginia in Week 1, and is expected to play offense only in certain packages this season. He rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns through four games in November 2013.

Starting running back Paul Perkins opened scoring with a 17-yard touchdown, helping the Bruins to a 13-7 lead over Memphis after one quarter.

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