Texas freshman Malcolm Brown ran all over UCLA’s defense, to the tune of 110 yards and one touchdown. Photo by Jason Lewis
The Bruins welcomed No. 24 Texas to the Rose bowl last weekend in an effort to gain national recognition by taking down a top ranked perennial power. They were able to accomplish that mission last year in Austin when they rolled Texas 34-12 in what became head coach Rick Neuheisel’s signature win.
Neuheisel really needed another signature win for his struggling Bruins, but that notion seemed like it might be far fetched with their inconsistent quarterback play and revenge being a factor for Texas.
With the season, and potentially Neuheisel’s job on the line, UCLA was run over as they allowed Texas to score 21 unanswered points to start the game while Kevin Prince threw 3 interception in the first quarter.
The Bruins managed only seven points in the first half and did not force a Texas incompletion until six minutes left in the half.
UCLA at no point showed life in the game and it is clear that the Bruins will not contend this year for a PAC-12 title. They will be lucky to earn a bowl birth.
Neuheisel is officially on the hot seat even before conference play has begun.
The Bruins will start their PAC-12 campaign at Oregon State this Saturday. A loss there would be another embarrassment to this program, as Oregon State has become the worst team in the conference, and they lost to Sacramento St. two weeks ago. Sacramento St. is a Division I-AA program.
After that game they will travel to No. 6 Stanford, making this Saturday’s game that much more important. A loss at Oregon State will have the Bruins facing a 0-2 PAC-12 record.
Much of UCLA’s struggles lie at the quarterback spot. Prince has been ineffective and they will start Richard Brehaut this week.
Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, who many believe will save the program, is still on the shelf with a knee injury, and judging by practice, he does not appear to be ready to take over the offense.
Coach Neuheisel’s career as coach of UCLA is officially on the clock and he may find himself as the first coaching causality of the season. There is reason to believe that if the Bruins find themselves in a position not to make a bowl this year coach Neuheisel may not last the season.
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