Tom Bradley says its the big plays that demoralize a defense. The defensive coordinator’s system is built on not ever giving up those knockout punches, but during last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, UCLA got hit with a flurry of big plays as the Aggies piled up a 34-point lead.
Luckily for the UCLA defense, the Bruin offense let a few punches fly also.
Chunk plays, which UCLA’s live stat program defines as runs of 10 or more yards and passes of 15 or more yards, played a pivotal role in Texas A&M’s big lead and UCLA’s miraculous comeback. While the teams had almost the same number of chunk plays overall (UCLA had 15 and Texas A&M had 14), the Bruins saved their best for last to engineer the comeback: Continue reading “Pregame graph: UCLA saves its best for last against Texas A&M” »