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: Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa

UCLA suffered its first loss of the season, but given the current chaos in both the Pac-12 and college football, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa isn’t ruling out a successful season.

“As bad as it was today,” he said, “I think we can really save ourselves by moving forward, taking care of business next week.”

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