UCLA (4-8, 2-7 Pac 12) closes the season the way they opened the season with a very disappointing loss this one comes at the hands of Cal (5-7, 2-7 Pac 12) and the Bruin football season comes to a merciful end, 36-10.
UCLA’s offense was once again anemic and listless. Cal’s rushing defense was ranked 127th going into the game, and they still held the Bruins to 100 yards rushing.
To make matters worse for the Bruin offense, fifth-year senior couldn’t get untracked in the passing game. His accuracy was off at the start the game and when it was accurate, Fafaul was treated to dropped balls from his receivers. And so it goes.
The Bruin defense played solidly but couldn’t get out of its own way making many mistakes, yet UCLA’s defense was in position get take aways, a couple of times it looked the Bruins couldn’t had game changing pick sixes, but that was not meant to be. Not this game, not this season.
UCLA’s defense played with a desperation that just doing their job wasn’t going to be enough and they pressed. Still all in all, it was a good effort by the defensive side of the ball.
There needs to be some soul searching from every one involved within the program. It was a mistake addled season, topped off with a heavy dose of disappointment and frustration.
Even the Cal game, if the Bruins make the plays that are there on the field to be made, UCLA has a chance to win or least make a game out of it, but the Cal contest was indicative of the whole season for UCLA. Mistakes and missed opportunities were glaring.
Maybe the best thing to do if you’re a Bruin fan is wipe this season clean. Maybe look at it, as a case of Murphy’s Law, what could go wrong would go wrong. The 2016 season is a little different than 2015, when injuries decimated the defense making it hard on that side of the ball to stop anyone.
Much of 2016, outside of two major injuries to the offense, to quarterback Josh Rosen, which was huge and offensive tackle Kolton Miller, both players misses most of the season. With Rosen behind the wheel, UCLA probably would have won a few more games.
Outside not having Rosen and Miller, even when they were playing, there were too many plays left on the field that were doable and if executed, this season probably would have turned out a lot different, but as the wise once said, “if, ifs and buts, were candy and nuts, what a wonderful world this would be.”
It is going to be an interesting offseason for the Bruins.