VIDEO: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone scouts Stanford defense

The biggest worry for UCLA this Friday is Stanford’s defense — by far the toughest on the Bruins’ schedule. The Cardinal have no obvious holes on that side of the ball, ranking third nationally in opponent yards per pass attempt (5.4) and 15th in yards per carry (3.18).

Asked what in particular is challenging about the Stanford defense, UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone quipped: “What isn’t challenging about the Stanford defense?”

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VIDEO: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on UCLA turnovers

UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone talked on Wednesday about freshman receiver Mossi Johnson, running back Paul Perkins’ pass-catching — and finally, the Bruins’ recent spate of turnovers.

The team has lost 10 turnovers this season, coughing up five of them against Oregon and Cal.

“It’s like that thing you don’t talk about, right?” Mazzone said. “Hope it goes away? Protecting the football, it’s all about the ball. … Over the past two weeks, that’s something that’s hit us.”

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