UCLA Dominates Brain Surgeons, Ends Era of the Ed

UCLA Victory Bell

UCLA Victory Bell

Brett Hundley, Cassius Marsh, Anthony Barr, Ishmael Adams, and Myles Jack – they all were at their best tonight as the Victory Bell made plans to spend the next 12 months at home in Westwood, thanks to the Bruins dominant 35 to 14 win over the brain surgeons.

Hundley, coming off the worst game of his career last week against Arizona St. was superb, completing 67% of his passes for 208 yards and rushing for 80 more and two touchdowns. A quicker release, short, quick flare passes to the left flat, vastly improved blocking, especially in light of starting lineman Caleb Benenoch getting kicked out of the game during the team’s first possession, and a dependable running attack from freshman Paul Perkins and the returning Jordon James all contributed to a solid and consistent offensive attack that seemed to take the overconfident brain surgeons by surprise.

Coming off the prior week’s nine-sack disaster the trojan defensive front got to Hundley only twice, equaling the number of consecutive times Marsh sacked Cody Kessler in the last four minutes of the first quarter. Marsh completed his great evening by recovering a Kessler fumble, swatted from his grasp by the ever-present and dominating Barr.

Adams has been a revelation since taking over as the number one guy on kickoff returns. He consistently gave the Bruins great field position, averaging 43 years per return. Similarly, Bruin punter Sean Covington was dynamite, pinning the trojans back on every punt. He averaged 53.3 years on his four punts, more than a dozen yards over his season average.

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He may have only gotten two carries, but Jack made his presence felt as well, having another fine game on the defensive side, scoring a touchdown on his first carry, and then when the trojans were 20 yards away from a score that would have brought them within seven points of a tie, he recovered a fourth quarter Javorius Allen fumble on the Bruins’ 20.

After a season that started with such promise, the back-to-back losses to Stanford and Oregon brought the Bruin faithful back to the reality that as improved as the team is over the Neuheisel years, UCLA is still not in that top echelon of the country’s elite teams.

The season’s minimum goal, a return to the PAC-12 title game, ended with a whimper last week against Arizona St. But, a decisive win over sc can salvage any season, and it was even more meaningful this year, as it may have put an end to the trojan glee over their flavor of the month, interim head coach Ed Orgeron.

He may have brought new life to the brain surgeons and excited the fan base, but losing to both the Bruins and Notre Dame is a definite n0-no, and A.D. Pat Haden will likely, as I discussed a couple of days ago, be looking elsewhere for an expensive name coach that the diamond-studded alumni and boosters can wrap their ascots around.

It’s a great day to be a Bruin!

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