Friday, 24 November 2017 15:15

Bruins Host Cal And Honor Seniors

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rosen AMIt’s all, or nothing at all for UCLA (5-6, 3-5) or their Pac-12 and UC rival, Cal (5-6, 2-6) when the Bruins take on the Bears at the Rose Bowl. The winner of this contest will become bowl eligible and the loser will have to wait until next year.

Not only are the Bruins playing on a short week, but they have endured a tumultuous week that saw their head coach, Jim Mora, released of duties. Needless to say for the Bruins it has been an emotional roller coaster and how the Bruins responds will remain a mystery until kickoff at 7:30 PM PST.

There could be three ways UCLA will answer the bell. The worst case scenario the team will come out listless and flat, without their fiery coach. They could just go through the motions looking to put this odd season behind them. The best case scenario is they come out on fire and are so motivated they play their best football game of the season and roll Cal. The third option would be the team knows the stakes, will undertake the game with a workmanlike attitude and prepare for the game as close as possible to the way they have all season. Be focused and consistent in their approach to kickoff.

The only surefire way the Bruins lose this game is if they are flat and listless.

UCLA will be led by offensive coordinator and now interim head coach, Jedd Fisch. It is under trying times that Fisch gets his first shot to manage a game as a head coach.

Fisch has stated his goal is to get that sixth win and get the Bruins bowl eligible for the fifth time during the six-year tenure of Mora.

Another thing that could help light an emotional fire for UCLA. The Bruins will be honoring their seniors in their last game, as a Bruin, playing in the Rose Bowl. The seniors to be honored are: WR Darren Andrews, OL Zach Bateman, LB Xan Cuevas, DL Matt Dickerson, FB Giovanni Gentosi, DB Mossi Johnson, OL Kenny Lacy, WR Eldridge Massington, WR Will McClure, OL Poasi Moala, QB Craig Myers, OL Scott Quessenberry, OL Sunny Odogwu, TE Alex Rassool, RB Justin Rittman, OL Gyo Shojima, WR Brad Sochowski, RB Nate Starks, DL Nick Terry, OL Najee Toran, DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, WR Alex Van Dyke, DB Jaleel Wadood, and LBKenny Young.

UCLA has won the last three out of four games against their Bay Area rival and the Bruins have a lifetime record of 53 wins, 33 losses and one tie against the Bears.

Cal is coached by Justin Wilcox, who enters in his first season as a head football coach. He had a stellar career as a defensive coach and has been one of college football’s best defensive coordinators. Wilcox was DC for Boise State (2006-09), Tennessee (2010-11), Washington (2012-13), USC (2014-2015) and Wisconsin (2016).

Under Wilcox, the Bears have improved on the defensive end and still have some firepower on offense.

The game will be televised on FS1 with Chris Myers doing the play-by-play and Evan Moore analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG College will broadcast the game on AM 570 with Josh Lewin and the Bruin quarterbacks Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook performing their usual roles.

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