VIDEO: Angus McClure reviews UCLA defensive line’s debut

UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure talked about how impressive defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa looked in last weekend’s season opener at Virginia — but admitted he may have played the senior a little too much. He also reviewed the career debuts of true freshmen Matt Dickerson and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner.

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Receiver Jordan Payton hits career highs in UCLA’s win at Virginia

Watching Jordan Payton play football can sometimes feel like watching a battering ram dressed in pads and a helmet.

UCLA’s junior receiver doesn’t jump the highest. He won’t wow anyone with pure speed. But you can be damn sure the 6-foot-1, 213-pound wideout isn’t going down on the first tackle.

Payton caught eight passes for 98 yards on Saturday, setting new career highs and playing a key role in the Bruins’ 28-20 win at Virginia.

His capped the game in fitting fashion. With 3:07 left in the fourth quarter, the Bruins were backed up on their own 18-yard line. On third-and-9, quarterback Brett Hundley zipped the ball to Payton, who shook off a defensive back and took off for a 35-yard reception. With a fresh set of downs, the team had enough time to run down the clock and escape its season opener unscathed. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks back on UCLA’s win at Virginia

Playing in his first game since 2012, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa returned from multiple hip surgeries and looked like a star in UCLA’s 28-20 win at Virginia. The senior shared his thoughts about the Bruins’ season opener, one in which he helped cause two interceptions — both quickly turning into touchdowns.

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UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

After a star performance in UCLA’s 28-20 win over Virginia, linebacker Eric Kendricks was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

The senior recorded a game-high 16 tackles against the Cavaliers, but also made two more highlight plays: forcing a fumble that turned into a 75-yard touchdown return for safety Randall Goforth, and taking back a pick-six of his own a few minutes later.

Despite all that, he didn’t seem satisfied.

“I left a lot of stuff on the field,” Kendricks said Monday. “I can improve every week. I made a lot of little rookie mistakes. … If you watch the film, you’d see that I made some key mistakes in the pass game as far as drops and stuff like that, so I’m gonna get back to it.” Continue reading

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Scott Quessenberry to UCLA defense: ‘Thanks for cleaning up our mess’

UCLA made a bit of history during Saturday’s 28-20 win at Virginia. In the second quarter on Saturday, cornerback Ishmael Adams and linebacker Eric Kendricks returned interceptions for touchdowns, while safety Randall Goforth took a fumble back 75 yards for the score.

It was the Bruins’ first game with three defensive touchdowns since 1986, when they hit the trifecta in a 49-0 win over Oregon State. Perhaps no one was more thankful than UCLA’s offensive line. The unit looked awful without center Jake Brendel (knee), committing numerous penalties and allowing five sacks.

“I was telling the guys — Eric, Ish, RG — the three guys that scored, ‘Thanks for cleaning up our mess,’” said sophomore Scott Quessenberry, who replaced Brendel in the starting lineup. “Especially us up front, we didn’t play our game today. They really stepped it up for us.”

– UCLA’s offense was far from championship-caliber in a 28-20 win over Virginia. Coordinator Noel Mazzone: “I’m hoping we got it all out of our system.”
– The Bruins’ defensive front shined despite not notching any sacks.

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UCLA 28, Virginia 20: Malcolm Bunche still confident in O-line

Malcolm Bunche’s first game at left tackle for UCLA didn’t go particularly well. The Bruins’ offensive line looked porous against Virginia on Saturday, allowing five sacks in a 28-20 win and committing multiple false start and holding penalties.

Still, the senior graduate transfer remained positive.

“This is not our best,” Bunche said. “This is not our best. We’ve still got a lot on the table that we’ve got to put down, and we’re going to do it.”

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UCLA 28, Virginia 20: Brett Hundley on Bruins’ offensive struggles

For just the third time in his career, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was held without a passing touchdown. In a 28-20 win at Virginia, the junior couldn’t find his groove against the Cavaliers’ defense until a 66-yard drive in the third quarter — one he capped with a six-yard scoring run.

“It was hard,” Hundley said. “It was a little up and down. We got into rhythm a couple of times, but the majority of the game … when we stop our momentum going forward, it kills our offense.”

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UCLA 28, Virginia 20: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on Bruins’ win

UCLA’s offense looked awful in a season-opening 28-20 win at Virginia, scoring just once on quarterback Brett Hundley’s six-yard rushing touchdown. Still, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone stayed positive.

“My glass is always half full,” he said. “In all my years, a lot of times, these kinds of games pay off a lot more in dividends in the course of the season than, you go and score 52 against some team, come back and don’t really realize who you are.”

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