09/03/11 at Houston Houston, TX 12:30 p.m. PT
Can't wait to see how Johnson and Mastro improve the offense. The game plan should be similar to last year, run until the Cougs wheels fall off. The Bruin D should be a lot more aggressive under Tresey but it is going to be hot and humid and they will be tested. I expect a lot of traps, screens and short-yardage passing. The Bruin D-line should be better with Datone Jones back and the rest of the crew with a little experience under their belt.
Quietly hopeful that things will be better this year. My daughter and I went to the disaster of the U of Wash game last year. It was funny. We were at the game early and saw both teams come out early for warm-ups. The difference between the two teams was incredible. UCLA players looked like a bunch of thoroughbreads while the Huskies looked horrible in comparison - almost like a bunch of high schoolers. I thought there was no way the Bruins would lose. Then they got run out of the stadium. My daughter and I as well as the other Bruin faithful who were there were saying Rick had to go as we talked leaving Mont Lake stadium.
Well we were stuck for one more year with Rick so he had better pick it up. The main mantra you hear from UDub fans is UCLA, like USC, attracts the most amazing athletes so there is no way the Bruins shouldn't win. Let's hope so.
I do expect offensive improvement. While the pistol improved the running game last year, clearly there was something missing other than the terrible passing game. Mastro should have the pistol working at a higher level as that is his specialty. I believe Johnson is going to open things up while mixing pistol, spread and pro sets. Chow's play calling and lack of creativity last year was just awful and so far it looks like that is continuing up in Utah. Hopefully this is the year the QB play matures to the level of at least average. If so, with what should be a very good running game the Bruins can make some noise.
Good article on the changes to the offense.
UCLA's Pistol offense gets a makeover - Los Angeles Ucla Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
So we scored/moved the ball at will (except for the idiocy of all the people trying to make the offensive calls and confusing Brehault) but we again couldn't stop anyone. Sure a sixth year senior should be this good but for gosh sakes feel free to make a stop more then once a quarter. Between that and the awful kicking game (when was the last time we said that when talking UCLA football??!!) the Bruins could've easily won this game.
Oh well, I still have high hopes for this team this year.
This was a frustrating game for sure because they could've, should've, but, there is a lot of positive. Defensively, there were a ton of missed tackles. That's fixable.
While I was impressed by the offense, the lack of defense really blew my mind. I'm hoping for a better showing against San Jose State.
Nice to see them utilizing the tight end for a change; Fauria is a monster talent. The offensive line played much better in the passing game; the quarterbacks weren't always running for their lives, and the sacks were down.
There is room for optimism.
Keenum is no mere 6th year senior. IIf he exceeds 5,000 yards again, he'll pass Chang for the #1 spot on the all time career list for total yards.
He's also only 27 behind NCAA career touchdown record holder Graham Harrell (134) as well.
He'll probably be #1 in both categories by season's end, if he stays healthy.
The tackling was atrocious, but Houston's attack gets their skill guys (who are good) open in space, which always creates difficult one-on-one tackling chances.
Now, if we can't stop San Jose St., I'll worry...