UCLA fans, I would be concerned. Coach Rick Neuheisel stated that he would not be happy this season unless the Bruins won at least 8 games. After the performance Saturday against Kansas State, he should be thrilled with six.
This just in…Daniel Thomas just broke another long run and scored a touchdown!! All jokes aside, if the Bruins cannot stop the run, 2010 will be very long for UCLA. Thomas is one of the nation’s premier running backs and after Saturday, a legit Heisman Trophy candidate. 28 carries for 234 yards and 2 scores. K-State wore down the defense and this will serve as a blueprint for teams with explosive rushing attacks, Oregon, Oregon State and USC for example. The scary part was that UCLA knew the run was coming and still couldn’t stop it. Wildcat quarterback Chase Coffman threw for 66 yards on 11 completions. That is pathetic.
Not to be outdone, the Bruins receivers dropped easy passes from Kevin Prince that could have sustained drives and kept the tired defense off of the field. While the UCLA rushing game came away with an impressive 193 yards, turnovers and penalties proved costly. I will say the first score that came from the Kevin Prince rollout was a perfect call and showed what the Pistol Offense should look like. Bravo.
UCLA rallied and had a chance to win, but it was too much Thomas for them to handle. Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore need help defensively. Its time for the rest of the D to step up, especially with Stanford in town next weekend for the start of Pac-10 play. If UCLA struggles against the run vs the Cardinal like they did on Saturday, watch out.
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Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.