Holiday Bowl: Baylor 49, UCLA 26

Well, that was certainly an ugly game.

What went wrong: Just about everything, but the most glaring was the porous offensive line. Jake Brendel and Torian White both left the game in the first half with high ankle sprains, which forced Brett Downey into his first action in months. Simon Goines also played sparingly, still bugged by a bad right knee. He’ll undergo surgery in the next week or so.

“I think Baylor recognized that we were down, not a man, but two men, and they pinned their ears back and came at us,” head coach Jim Mora said. “It was working. When it’s working and going effectively, you stay with it. We’ve got to build depth at that position and that’s one of our goals.”

Brett Hundley set a UCLA bowl appearance record with 50 pass attempts, which really underscores how one-dimensional the Bruins’ offense looked at Qualcomm Stadium. His previous high was 47 in the 43-17 loss to Cal. In nine wins this season, Hundley averaged 30 attempts. Continue reading

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Art Briles, on Jim Mora

From today’s press conference, what the Baylor coach knew about Jim Mora before starting Holiday Bowl prep:

“Playoffs?! I knew about his daddy. Playoffs? That’s one of the classics. That’s instant credibility. You know right there. And then when you get to looking at his past and what he’s done — like I said, I did not know him personally — it’s very impressive. I’m little ol’ West Texas country boy fightin’ to hang on to a high school job and he’s coaching the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. There’s a lot of difference in the paths to where we’re at. He’s done a tremendous job. He’s known as a good disciplinarian and a player’s coach. … He’s a good man. He’s a family man.”

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