On Rahim Moore:
“He’s making plays. We always talk about in our meetings, ‘When the play is presented to you, make it.’ He’s making them. He’s not dropping them, he’s making them. Some people were saying last week, ‘Oh, they were throwing right to him.’ Yeah, but he’s making the play. It’s hard; you have all those fans, all that pressure. But he makes the play.”
On the emotional win:
“This game was emotional because we’re coming to play in front of a hostile crowd, and our team wants to win. Badly. They want to win. Every game is so important to them. To play a team like Tennessee that is very talented, and to come away in their home stadium and get a victory, it was big for them.”
On where the team goes from here:
“One game at a time is what I’m going to preach to them. One. Game. At. A. Time. It’s only one game at a time. San Diego State, great. Tennessee, great. Now you’ve got Kansas State. That’s the coach in me, you’ve got to make sure.”
After UCLA’s 33-14 season-opening win over San Diego State on Saturday, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough looked hungry to get back on the field, eager to replay the Aztecs’ hot start that resulted with touchdowns on their first two drives.
“That first series, we had two penalties that killed us, and we preach all the time how much that hurts,” Bullough said. “We had a couple missed tackles. We had gaps we didn’t fill up right. So we got them on the sidelines and tried to settle them down. After that, they responded.”
Bullough said – and head coach Rick Neuheisel agreed – that UCLA’s response, a 30-0 finish to the game, was not so much a matter of adjusting to SDSU, but rather, execution.
“We didn’t have many more penalties, and then we ended up settling down and we didn’t miss assignments,” Bullough said. “If we can just play mental error-free football, we should be OK.”
And then, turnovers took over.
SDSU quarterback Ryan Lindley threw three interceptions to Rahim Moore, a school record, and on most plays, Moore did not have to move more than a few feet to grab the ball.
“Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” Bullough said. “He did a great job. He has great ball skills; if the ball is anywhere near his area, he’s going to go get it.”
UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough on the starting strong safety battle between Glenn Love and Tony Dye:
“If we had to go in the game today, Dye’s out there. (He’ll) only come out of a game if they’re tired or knocked up. But I feel like we have three safeties we can play right now.”
On thoughts from Friday’s scrimmage:
“Ones didn’t get many reps, the twos were getting them, and some of them can’t play. Depth is a concern here, it is a concern. And we don’t know from San Diego State, they’re locked down, no tape, nothing.”
Defensive Coordinator Chuck Bullough on his impressions:
“The ones played well, the twos is the concern. I saw some holes, and I have to find out from film, was it a linebacker or a d-lineman? Who was out of their spot? These were simple coverages that they know. We have to find out from film what’s going on with those twos. But our ones were good.”
Bullough on finding more playmakers on defense:
“You don’t just want one – the more you can get, the better chance you have. They’re all good competitors, and they are all coached very hard by their position coaches. They’re doing a good job to not get complacent, to keep going and going and going. We expect all those guys to be playmakers. I expect nothing less.”
High Marks: Let’s make this simple. The UCLA defensive line will be very, very, very good. Brian Price is more than a man among boys. He’s a grandfather among infants. Datone Jones was very impressive, as did David Carter.
Low Marks: The defensive second unit had its fair share of struggles, particularly on run defense, and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said he spotted several weaknesses.