UCLA head coach Steve Alford talked about the Bruins’ 87-84 win over No. 7 Arizona, one that featured late heroics from point guard Bryce Alford.
UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion tonight to play what may be the most important game of the season: a 6 p.m. tipoff against No. 7 Arizona.
A win would help rejuvenate the Bruins after an ugly start to the new year. A loss would drop the team to its first 0-3 conference start since the 1981-82 season.
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UCLA linebacker Kenny Young didn’t take much solace in the final score of the Bruins’ 56-30 win at Arizona on Saturday, focusing instead on the 353 yards they gave up on the ground.
“That’s embarrassing,” the sophomore said. “Look at how many yards we gave up. That’s embarrassing for me. That’s embarrassing to put on TV. … We missed 21 tackles. Come on, man. We’re supposed to be one of the top defenses, and we missed 21 tackles.”
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen talked about his performance in the No. 9 Bruins’ 56-30 win at Arizona, mostly shrugging off any suggestions that something clicked for him after throwing three interceptions against BYU.
“You just connect sometimes,” Rosen said. “Sometimes it comes off your finger a yard too hot. Sometimes it comes off well. Tonight, I thought we connected pretty well. A lot of little things make things seem like a big deal.”
No. 9 UCLA went into Tucson and ran away with a 56-30 win over 16th-ranked Arizona, but it also allowed 353 rushing yards along the way — the most the Bruins have given up in a game since 2005.
“Way too many runs, way too many missed tackles,” said defensive coordinator Tom Bradley. “We’ve got to do a better job of that. That’s not how you play good fundamental defense.”