Brett Hundley reviews poor performance at Oregon

Quarterback Brett Hundley didn’t go into great detail on what went wrong in his 64-yard passing performance Saturday, mostly framing the 42-14 loss at Oregon as a learning experience.

“There’s always those stepping stones that you’ve got to cross over,” he said. “That you’ve got to cross over to really become great at any position. These are games that I really believe I can learn from, and hold dear to.”

Hundley said the hit he took at Utah early this month hasn’t had a lingering effect on him either physically or mentally. The quarterback’s vision went blurry after his head hit the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Asked about offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s contracting playbook, he stuck to script and said the Bruins just need to execute what’s called.

– The notebook in today’s Daily News covers Hundley’s possible decline in confidence, as well as injuries (Eric Kendricks, Ellis McCarthy, etc.) and some changes in defensive starters.

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UCLA falls to No. 17 in Associated Press poll

A 42-14 loss at Oregon knocked UCLA down five spots in the latest Associated Press poll, the Bruins settling in at No. 17. (They fell to No. 19 in the USA Today coaches poll.) The Ducks stayed at No. 2 and held on to three of 60 first-place votes.

Stanford is one spot out of the top five after a gritty 20-12 win at Oregon State. Arizona State rejoined the rankings following its bye week.

The full AP poll after the jump: Continue reading

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Oregon 42, UCLA 14: Reassessing Bruins after Eugene blowout

For a half, UCLA looked like it had a chance to upset Oregon. Then, reality set in as the Ducks unleashed 28 unanswered points, running away with a 42-14 win. A few thoughts from the Bruins’ trip to Autzen Stadium.

1. UCLA isn’t there yet. Everyone knew before the start of the season that the back-to-back Stanford-Oregon ringer would test the Bruins’ mettle. They didn’t exactly rise to the occasion. Jim Mora put it best with an expressive outburst after the loss: Continue reading

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Oregon 42, UCLA 14: Jim Mora

UCLA’s 42-14 loss at Oregon had Jim Mora more visibly frustrated than he’d looked at any point this season. The Bruins head coach talked at length about how disappointing the blowout was, and even banged on the table at one point during the press conference.

“The coulda, the woulda, the shoulda, all that cr– we don’t want that,” he said (a little after the three-minute mark). “I’m tired of that. It’s time for UCLA to turn the friggin’ page. And be something different. And win those games. That’s what it’s time to be.”

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What to watch: No. 12 UCLA at No. 2 Oregon

Few expect UCLA to leave Eugene victorious this weekend. Oregon and its second-ranked offense is riding a streak of four straight BCS bowl berths, and looks on course for a second appearance in the national title game. Meanwhile, the Bruins are fighting through injuries and trying to rebound after Stanford delivered them their first loss of the season.

Can Jim Mora’s team pull the upset?

UCLA offense vs. Oregon defense:

If Mora sticks by his words, UCLA won’t try to bog down Oregon.

“We want to score points,” he said Thursday. “Our offense operates best when we’re going fast. That’s what we’re going to go do. We’re going to play our game. Continue reading

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