UCLA head coach Steve Alford talked about his team’s 81-74 win over Arizona State, one that featured 10 second-half lead changes and a 9-0 run by the Bruins to end the game.
UCLA receiver Thomas Duarte talked about the Bruins’ offensive struggles during Saturday’s 38-23 loss against Arizona State, one in which they ran the ball on five straight first downs. The team’s 2.21 yards per carry was its worst mark since the 2012 Holiday Bowl.
“They had some guys strictly for the run that we didn’t think were going to be strictly for the run,” Duarte said. “They were intent on not letting Paul (Perkins) run the ball.”
UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios spent three nights in the hospital this week, but still played sparingly during the Bruins’ loss to Arizona State on Saturday.
After suffering severe headaches and pressure on Tuesday, Rios was admitted for what head coach Jim Mora described as “issues in his sinuses.” Tests eventually revealed that he was not suffering from a recurrence of the fungal infection that threatened his life in 2013.
Rios was cleared to play and returned to the team on Friday evening. He recorded one tackle during UCLA’s 38-23 loss to ASU at the Rose Bowl.
“We would have never put him on the field if there’s even a minute chance that this was something that could be long term,” Mora said. “That’s just not how we operate.”
UCLA’s first loss cost the team 13 spots in the AP poll, the Bruins dropping to No. 20 after falling short against unranked Arizona State.
Here’s our coverage from the 38-25 debacle at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night:
» Almost nothing went right for the Bruins, whose battered defense couldn’t do enough to make up for a sputtering offense.
» As both teams struggled early on offense, it was kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn who came up big.
» Vinny Bonsignore’s column on UCLA, which couldn’t wake up in time to stay within sight of its playoff dreams.
» Arizona State coach Todd Graham: “There wasn’t much trickery to it. We came over and dominated the line of scrimmage, dominated all three phases.”