A very calm Jim Mora talks about the Bruins’ failed fake punt, Myles Jack, UCLA’s defense, Brett Hundley and more.
UCLA has used as many as five true freshmen on offense at once this season, which hasn’t made it easy on offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s pysche.
“The only thing more stressful to me than during a game, watching all my 18 year olds running around, is when I sent my beautiful 18-year-old daughter to college by herself,” he said. “That’s the only thing that was more stressful.”
Defensive end Keenan Graham was often used as a blocker in the “PAC” formation that featured freshman linebacker Myles Jack at tailback. The senior said the look, which offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone came up with this week, flustered Arizona’s defense.
“I was looking at the faces of the defensive players,” Graham said. “Some of them didn’t know what was going on. They didn’t know what to check to. They were overwhelmed.”
No. 16 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) vs. Arizona (6-2, 3-2)
Location: Arizona Stadium, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor)
Radio: 570 AM (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)
Last meeting: UCLA crushed Arizona 66-10, the most lopsided win in the all-time series. Running back Johnathan Franklin set the school’s career rushing mark with a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and he Bruins’ led 42-3 at the half.
Key storylines: The Bruins haven’t won in Tucson since 2003, when they rallied back from an 11-point halftime deficit to win 24-21. Also, this happened the last time they went to the Zona Zoo. Continue reading
UCLA coach Jim Mora talked a bit about Arizona’s offense Tuesday morning, pointing out the Wildcats’ effective run game. Rich Rodriguez’s spread has the team at 275.4 rushing yards per game, 12th in the country.
“You look at them as a casual observer, you see the four wide sets, you think they’re just going to sling it all over the yard,” Mora said. “Really, they just do a great job of spreading you out and running it.”
Star running back Ka’Deem Carey leads college football with 153.1 yards per game, and hasn’t been held under 100 yards since UCLA limited him to 54 last November.