Even though the Bruins came away with a victory over Oregon State, some of the mistakes that have mired UCLA’s 2016 season once again reared their ugly heads. No time like the present to play a complete game.
The Bruins had too many turnovers, penalties, dropped passes and other sloppiness that has taken a season that held such promise to where they are struggling to make a lower tier bowl. Truth be told, UCLA beat Oregon State because the Beavers made more mistakes than the Bruins.
It appeared that UCLA ran the ball better, but Oregon State is ranked 10th in the Pac 12 Conference for rushing defense, so was it real or was it memorex?
USC, UCLA’s next opponent is 5th in the conference defending the run giving up 3.9 yards per carry. It is going to be interesting to see if the Bruins are going to be able run the football against the Trojans. Being able to run will be key if the Bruins are going to be able pull off the victory.
The Trojans are playing outstanding football right now and if the Bruins are going to win, they have to play almost mistake free football.
For the Bruins not to have their first losing season during the Jim Mora era, they will have to win out and that includes winning a bowl game.
The frustrating thing about this season is, the Bruins could just as easily be undefeated than their current 4-6 record, 2-5 in the Pac 12.
The bottom line for this season, is the Bruins have missed, more than they thought, the offensive presence of Jordan Payton, Thomas Duarte, Devin Fuller, Paul Perkins, Jake Brendel, Caleb Benenoch and Alex Redmond.
Out that group, only Payton, Fuller and Brendel was out of eligibility. Through in Myles Jack and the Bruins lost a lot of leadership production.
Out of that list of players, all who are still on NFL rosters, were players that would make the big play that would lead to victory.
UCLA’s defense has been stellar all season long. Even the one game against Utah when they gave up 52 points, the Bruin defense had to overcome six turnovers by the offense and several special teams letdowns including kickoff return for a touchdown, yet the Bruins still had a chance to win that football game.
The Bruins have to finally play the kind of mistake free football that UCLA fans thought they would see this season. The Bruins can beat the Trojans, but they won’t if they make the kind of mistakes that have plagued the Bruins all season long.