UCLA 17, Utah 9: Jim Mora

UCLA’s 17-9 win at No. 18 Utah on Saturday kept the team in position to take the Pac-12 South, setting up the Bruins’ trip to USC next week as the game that will decide the division.

“It keeps us in the hunt,” head coach Jim Mora said. “That’s really all you can ask for right now, is to stay in the hunt. We’ve got to do a great job of showing some maturity by putting this one behind us and focusing on the next one on Saturday. They just keep getting bigger.”

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QB Jerry Neuheisel, LB Kene Orjioke plan to finish UCLA careers

Backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel and linebacker Kene Orjioke plan to finish their UCLA playing careers at the end of this season.

Both have a year of eligibility remaining, but are on track to graduate and were honored as part of the Bruins’ “Senior Night” ceremony during the team’s loss to Washington State last Saturday. Mora hinted that Neuheisel will become a graduate assistant next season.

“I don’t think you’ll see Jerry move very far away,” he said. Continue reading

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UCLA falls out of AP poll after 31-27 loss to Washington State

UCLA has fallen out of the Associated Press poll for the second time this season.

The Bruins dropped out from No. 18 after their stunning 31-27 loss to Washington State last night, one that marked Jim Mora’s seventh loss to an unranked team — but his first time squandering a halftime lead in 32 tries.

They can still clinch a Pac-12 South title by beating Utah at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and USC to end the regular season.

The Cougars moved up to No. 24, showing up in in the top 25 for the first time in nearly a decade. That last appearance came a day after their 37-15 win at UCLA on Oct. 28, 2006.

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Washington State 31, UCLA 27: Head coach Jim Mora

UCLA fell to Washington State on Saturday night, losing to an unranked team for the seventh time under Jim Mora. Still, the stunning 31-27 decision doesn’t change the Bruins’ final course: Win their last two games, and they’ll clinch the Pac-12 South.

“It’s obviously a very disappointed locker room,” Mora said. “It’s something we’ve got to get over quickly, though. As crazy as it is — football’s a crazy sport. Competitive athletics are crazy. We’re still in the hunt.”

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