Jayon Brown named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of Week

Jayon Brown’s big fumble recovery this past weekend has landed him Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

In the second quarter of 45-23 win against Colorado on Saturday, UCLA’s true freshman jumped on top of a loose ball dislodged by fellow first-year Cameron Judge. The recovery gave the Bruins the ball on the Buffs’ 14-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Brett Hundley found Devin Fuller in the end zone, bumping UCLA’s lead 21-10. Continue reading

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Receiver Devin Fuller reviews 76-yard touchdown catch


Sophomore receiver Devin Fuller erupted for a career night against Colorado, catching a pair of touchdowns and scoring another on a lateral. His first end zone trip opened scoring for UCLA, a 76-yard pass that put the Bruins on the board late in the first quarter.

“The play was, I had a post,” said Fuller, who was used in more deep routes than he had been earlier in the season. “The safety sat on the inside of me. I just had to take it over the top. Brett threw a great ball. I just had to make a play on it. My eyes got big when I saw the ball in the air.”

The former high school quarterback said he had a few five-touchdown games when he played at Old Tappan in New Jersey, as well as a few passes that were around 76 yards. Most of those yards came after the catch, he added. Hundley’s ball traveled about 50 yards through the air.

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Anthony Barr surprised Buffs quarterback pushed him

For the first time in his defensive career, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr went a full game without recording a tackle for loss.

He still made sure Colorado remembered him. In the fourth quarter of the Bruin’s 45-23 win over the Buffs, the All-American crushed true freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau at around midfield, drawing a 14-yard penalty for roughing the passer.

After popping back up, Liufau got in Barr’s face and shoved him back, just one of several chippy moments between the Bruins and the Buffs.

However, Liufau is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. Barr is listed at 6-foot-4, 245 — and said during the summer that he was up to 255. On the next play, the latter hit the former again, this time incurring a 15-yard penalty.

Asked how many quarterbacks had ever pushed him before, Barr said: “Not many. Not many. That was also a first.”

What words did they exchange? “Nothing nice.” Continue reading

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Notes and quotes: UCLA 45, Colorado 23

– UCLA allowed Colorado a whopping 26 first downs, seven of which came on penalties. The Buffs’ highest first-down total this season prior to Saturday were their 24 in a season-opening win over Colorado State. Just three of those came on penalties.

The Bruins’ clearly aren’t going to shake their problem with flags. They had 11 for 122 yards, just 17 yards shy of their rushing total. It was the most yards UCLA has lost on penalties since giving away 138 against New Mexico State.

– Speaking of flags, Anthony Barr got a couple of roughing-the-passer penalties late in the game. Quarterback Sefo Liufau even pushed Barr in the chest after the first one. Either way, he looked pretty poised in the pocket for a true freshman.

– Devin Lucien wasn’t exactly happy with the win. The redshirt sophomore wasn’t among the eight receivers who caught a ball Saturday night, his second straight contest going unnoticed on the box score. He has just nine catches on the season, and no more than two in any single game.

He took to Twitter last night to vent: Continue reading

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UCLA shakes slow start to beat Buffaloes 45-23

Despite letting Colorado stick around for the better part of the first half, UCLA finally started taking some shots downfield for its third conference win.

Our coverage from Saturday night’s 45-23 decision, running in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Daily News and other LANG papers:

– My story on Brett Hundley’s good-not-great showing against Colorado.
– Vinny Bonsignore called the Colorado game a trap for UCLA, one it wiggled out of following hyped-up visits to Stanford and Oregon.
– Jill Painter pointed out UCLA’s seven first-half penalties, leading Jim Mora to indirectly call her a “Debbie Downer.”
– A notebook on UCLA’s success in using true freshmen, including Cameron Judge’s big forced fumble.

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UCLA 45, Colorado 23: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone


With two three-and-outs to start the game, UCLA offensive coordinator did little to quiet his critics. On its first six plays, the Bruins ran five times, with just one rush of over two yards.

“After the first two series, I was looking at my Uber app on my phone to see if they could get an SUV to come pick me up,” he said.

Finally, he said, he gave up on trying to establish the run game and let Brett Hundley air it out. He threw a 76-yard touchdown to Devin Fuller.

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UCLA 45, Colorado 23: Quarterback Brett Hundley


UCLA coach Jim Mora said after his team’s 45-23 win that quarterback Brett Hundley looked less burdened against Colorado, throwing for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The redshirt sophomore denied feeling weighed down by his struggles last month.

“To be honest, I don’t really feel a burden or loss of confidence with what happened these past two weeks,” he said. “Two weeks isn’t going to kill somebody. … If it does, you’re not really playing the game to love the game.”

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UCLA 45, Colorado 23: Defensive end Ellis McCarthy


Sophomore defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy had another strong game, notching a sack and tipping a pass for a pass breakup. He also addressed how chippy the game got towards the end, with several UCLA and Colorado players getting in each others’ faces.

“We were just — I guess all the dumb penalties committed by me and other teammates just got to them,” he said. “There’s really nothing to say.”

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