UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley scouts Colorado offensive line

Colorado has only given up 12 sacks this season, good for the second-best mark in the Pac-12.

UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley said the key to besting the Buffs is to rely on get-off and speed rushes — as well as using his hands to avoid chop blocks.

“When they try to chop block you, they try to tear your ACL,” McKinley said. “To me, that’s dirty. To them, it’s their job. But to me, it’s pretty dirty.”

Asked if he’d noticed any other Pac-12 teams use chop-blocks, McKinley pointed out Utah — which beat UCLA 30-28. Oregon and Arizona State, on the other hand, weren’t major offenders. “Cal, their running backs did it a lot,” he continued. “I’d come in there full speed, and their little running backs just might go straight for my legs. So did the little tight ends they have.”

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UCLA left tackle Malcolm Bunche: ‘It’s redemption time’

Coming off its first loss of the season, one particular set of UCLA players may particularly eager to hit the field again for Saturday’s showdown against No. 12 Oregon.

“It’s redemption time, man,” said Bruin left tackle Malcolm Bunche. “As an offense, we gave up what, 10 sacks? It’s time to redeem ourselves. And we know it.”

Them, and just about everyone else who saw Utah pull a 30-28 upset at the Rose Bowl last Saturday. The Utes unleashed 10 sacks, including three straight to snuff a fourth-quarter UCLA drive just inches in front of its own goal line.

Those 10 sacks, Utah’s highest single-game tally since 1983, again exposed an offensive line that had appeared to improve through its first four games. After allowing five sacks at Virginia in a performance that offensive line coach Adrian Klemm called “one of the sh–iest performances I’ve been a part of as a player or a coach,” the unit buckled down: four sacks given up to Memphis, three to Texas, one to Arizona State. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Brett Hundley reviews UCLA’s loss, looks to Oregon

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley looked back on Monday at his team’s 30-28 loss to Utah and the 10 sacks he took, and looked forward to Saturday’s tilt against No. 12 Oregon.

“It’s a big game for us,” Hundley said. “But like I said, this game isn’t bigger than any other game previously. This is another game, obviously, the whole nation is going to be watching. We can go out and show the country what UCLA’s really about.”

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Utah 30, UCLA 28: Center Jake Brendel

UCLA’s offensive line wasn’t entirely to blame for the 10 sacks Brett Hundley took in the Bruins 30-28 loss to Utah. But all the same, the number always becomes a sticking point for the unit up front.

“A sack is always going to represent the offensive line, no matter where it comes from,” said center Jake Brendel. “That’s just the nature of the beast. But at the same time, you just have to come back and make sure that we do correct those mistakes. … If we keep doing the same things over and over, that’s something you can’t tolerate.”

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Utah 30, UCLA 28: Quarterback Brett Hundley

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley took 10 sacks in Saturday’s 30-28 loss to Utah, the highest-single game total of his career. The redshirt junior said it wasn’t all the offensive line’s fault, something head coach Jim Mora also echoed.

“I take a lot on myself,” Hundley said. “Obviously being the quarterback, I can help my linemen in that and I have to get the ball out of my hands. … Linemen, they played their hearts out and when we needed the plays, they made them and they gave me the time.”

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Utah batters No. 8 UCLA’s playoff hopes with 30-28 upset

Utah Utes place kicker Andy Phillips (39) kicks a 29 yard field goal in the fourth quarter as Utah defeats UCLA Bruins 30-28 at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Utah Utes place kicker Andy Phillips (39) kicks a 29 yard field goal in the fourth quarter as Utah defeats UCLA Bruins 30-28 at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

PASADENA >> The college football elite fell this week, one thunderous collapse after another.

No. 2 Oregon couldn’t hold off Arizona on Thursday. Two days later, others fell too: No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Texas A&M.

So you could forgive eighth-ranked UCLA if it walked into the Rose Bowl on Saturday night with a little bit of extra swagger. Coming off a blowout road victory, they had a 74,329 of fans watching them — hoping to glimpse what, by next morning, would be a top-five team.

Utah made sure that didn’t happen.

All throughout their 30-28 upset win, the Utes knocked around UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, racking up 10 sacks by the end of the night. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior took his first on just his third snap of the game, and took another four by the end of the first half. Continue reading

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Utah 30, UCLA 28: Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich

In their 30-28 upset of UCLA on Saturday night, Utah set up its go-ahead field goal with nine straight runs for 63 yards. Overall, the Bruins gave up 242 yards on the ground, a season-high by 78.

“Great defenses gotta stop the run when you know they’re gonna run,” said UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. “We knew they were gonna run, and we didn’t.”

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