BREAK IT UP: UCLA sophomore safety Rahim Moore (3), who tied as school record three interceptions against Sand Diego Ste, breaks up this pass play.Â Photo Credit: Jason Lewis for Sentinel
UCLA takes care of business
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Staff Writer
Â Dominant would not be a word to describe UCLA's 33-14 victory over San Diego St. But for a team coming off a very disappointing 4-8 season, it is a step in the right direction.
San Diego St is not much of a test for the Bruins, but that was who was on the schedule, and UCLA came out of the game with a win. They were impressive at times, flat at other.
The defense, now without defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, looked like they were missing him a lot in the first quarter when they gave up a pair of touchdowns. But from that point out they played lights out football, with sophomore safety Rahim Moore (Dorsey High School) intercepting three passes.
UCLA's rushing attack was horrible last season, mainly because of a patchwork offensive line, but they showed some life in their opener behind a re-tolled line. They were able to rush for 144 yards, which is respectable.
A much tougher challenge will come this Saturday at Tennessee. UCLA defeated the Vols in stunning fashion last year at the Rose Bowl. So this will be in a sense a payback game for Tennessee.
If UCLA red-shirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince throws a couple more silly interceptions, the Bruins could be in a lot of trouble.
Prince, in his first start at UCLA, looked very good at times, throwing the ball down field at will. But his two interceptions were off of bad reads. He cannot do that against a legit opponent and expect to come away with a victory. Prince also lost a fumble in the game.
Tennessee did more than take care of business last week, defeating Western Kentucky 63-7. But Western Kentucky is no UCLA, just like San Diego St. is no Tennessee. So this week's match up will be the first real test for both teams.
A win here could give UCLA a major boost, and they could go on a run over the next few weeks, as they will host Kansas State and travel to Stanford, which are both winnable games. If they can head into the Oregon game at 4-0, they may have a chance to make some noise this season.Â Â