Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:42

Can Bruins Roar Back On the Farm?

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rosen AMUCLA (2-1) hopes to roar back after a heartbreaking loss to Memphis last Saturday (9-17-17). The task won’t be easy if recent history is our guide. The Bruins head to the Farm to take on Stanford (1-2) and for the first time since 2009, neither team is nationally ranked.

The Cardinal have pretty much had their way in this series over the past nine years, winning nine straight games, five of those wins were at the venue the contest will be played, Stanford Stadium.

Though the Bruins have been improving in the running game, week-to-week, it has been their explosive passing game that has been their main feature.

The explosive passing attack is fueled but their triggerman, junior Josh Rosen, who leads the nation in passing yards with 1,283, passing touchdowns with13, points responsible for with84, and points responsible for per game averaging 28.0. Rosen currently is fourth in the nation in total offense yards per game averaging428.0.

Rosen’s go-to guy this season is senior, Darren Andrews, who leads the team in receptions with 26, yards receiving with 409, touchdowns with six, and is averaging a team-leading 136.3 yards per game.

UCLA’s defense lost five starters from the 2016 squad that are on NFL rosters so they needed to get their sea legs, but the Bruin defense has been decimated by injuries and who will be ready to play will be a game-time decision. It is difficult getting cohesion with so many players out, but the younger players are getting much-needed experience. Something that will prove beneficial later in the season, but for now there are growing pains.

Stanford’s offense could give the young Bruin defense trouble. As usual, the Cardinal has a physical running game led by their dynamic junior running back, Bryce Love (5-10, 196).

The talented Love is the first running back in Stanford Cardinal history that has run for over 100-yards in his first five starts. The way the Bruins have played the run, that little factoid, must be keeping the Bruin defensive staff up at night.

In three games this season, Love, has rushed for 535-yards, averaging 12.2 yards per carry and four touchdowns. His long run this season is 75-yards. He’s explosive and a threat to take it the house every time he has the ball in his hands.

Stanford’s starting quarterback is senior Keller Chryst (6-5, 234). The passing game has been hindered somewhat by spotty pass protection. Chryst has thrown for 497 yards, hitting on 52.8 percent of his passes, four touchdowns, and two picks.

The Cardinal go into the game as a seven-point favorite based on the ability of Love to tun the ball and UCLA’s inconsistency to stop it and the fact that the Cardinal has such a commanding winning streak against the Bruins, but all streaks have end someday.

Bruin head coach Jim Mora has never tasted victory against the Cardinal and he hopes it ends tonight.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM PST and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN TV with Mark Jones doing the play-by-play, Rod Gilmore analyzing the action, and Quint Kessenich will be on the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG College will broadcast the game on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst), and Wayne Cook (sideline), holding down their usual posts.

The game will also be broadcast by SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Sirius Ch. 80/XM Ch. 80/Internet 967 and on ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons handling the chores

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