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Bruins Nation 5 hours ago

UCLA 40, Colorado 37: Bruins Barely Escape Boulder Against Lowly Buffaloes

Just one week after Southern Cal pounded Colorado into submission, letting up only after taking a 35-7 lead at half, the Bruins continue to show they are not yet ready to make the jump to the top-tier of college football, playing down to a weak Colorado team, escaping with a narrow 40-37 overtime victory in Boulder. Another week, another game with UCLA playing down to the level of their opposition. And another week where UCLA let a much weaker opponent stick around all game - and another week where the Bruins needed a Marcus Rios interception to seal a victory and some heroics from Brett...
Bruins Nation 6 hours ago

College Football Late Night Open Thread: Southern Cal-Utah, Arizona State-Washington in Action

Late Saturday night thread tracking Pac-12 football action with ramifications on UCLA’s bowl hopes. IslandBruin shared the TV schedule for today's games in this morning's open thread. Based on the performance of our football team to date we doubt we have to worry too much whether the Bruins will be playing in the Pac-12 championship game. But, if you do want to hold on to flicker of hope there are couple of big Pac-12 games going on later tonight - Southern Cal at Utah and Arizona State at Washington - that are of interest. Use this thread to follow those games. Go Bruins!
Bruins Nation 13 hours ago

UCLA at Colorado - Second Half Game Thread

UCLA at the half leads Colorado 24-14. It should be more. After the first quarter, UCLA looked like they were ready to dominate. They were up 17-0, clicking on the run game, and Colorado just couldn't stop it. But Brett Hundley hasn't looked particularly sharp, sailing some throws, and slowly, Colorado crept back into the game, figuring out how to run, and how to make UCLA commit atrocious penalties, in particular two that negated interceptions. ON BACK TO BACK PLAYS. The first half ended with Colorado, out of time outs, the clock running out, and no one on the field with the sense to...
Bruins Nation 18 hours ago

Bruin Bites: Rise and Shine, UCLA Football is Around the Corner

UCLA plays an early game (at least by West Coast standards) today in Boulder. Here are some last minute tidbits, and a look at other games around the country sharing (more or less) the same time slot. First, in case you missed it, Oregon rolled to a 59-41 win over UC Berkeley last night, in the Ducks' first of two visits to Levi's Stadium this season. They will almost assuredly return on December 5 for the championship game. Will their opponent be Colorado, today's foe for UCLA? NO. With four losses in four conference games, the Buffs are done. Will the Ducks' opponent be UCLA? MAYBE. But a...
Bruins Nation Oct 24, 2014

Q & A with The Ralphie Report

The great folks at The University of Colorado's SB Nation site The Ralphie Report were kind enough to spend some time with us this week to talk football and answer some questions about UCLA's opponent this weekend. 1. Are CU fans feeling patient as a new coach tries to build the program or if they are feeling frustrated about a team with only two wins this season? Are there signs of progress despite not winning many games. I think the overwhelming response from the fanbase is patience, though there are always detractors to new regimes. Generally, only those in touch with the program know...
Bruins Nation Oct 24, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Derrick Coleman Surgery, Hunter Virant Returns, and Burritos

Also, #gamergate Best of luck to Derrick Coleman: Just had surgery on the foot yesterday! It sucks but I know Gods plan for me is bigger then this! — Derrick Coleman Jr (@DC2forlife) October 23, 2014 Thanks for everyone who supporting me, still supporting and will continue! I refuse to let this minor setback defeat me!!! #NoExcuses — Derrick Coleman Jr (@DC2forlife) October 23, 2014 Soo... I guess this means if you see Jaleel Wadood on campus, he doesn't mind if you ask for a picture? Lol that's crazy. pic.twitter.com/GaO8utdq1E — Jaleel Wadood (@OGLeel_2) October 23,...
Bruins Nation Oct 24, 2014
UCLA Basketball: PAC-12 Media Day Recap

UCLA Basketball: PAC-12 Media Day Recap

The Bruins ranked fourth in the media poll, and Alford expects his three-guard starting lineup to start slow but hopefully be ready for the season opening trip to Colorado and Utah. PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day is in the books, and the story of the day is the low expectations from the media for the 2014-15 edition of the Bruins. I'll get back to that, but, ICYMI, here's the Alford/Powell segment: The main bullet points are: Alford calls the team young and inexperienced, and he looks for them to improve during the season. Powell is the go-to-guy on offense and defense....
Bruins Nation Oct 24, 2014

Pregame Guesses: Colorado Buffaloes Edition

Despite the team's 5-2 record, the author is not all that excited about this version of UCLA football. (This week's song/video is "That Summer Feeling" by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. This, of course, is not the original Modern Lovers, it's JR's later version. It's one of my favorite melancholy songs.) Thursday, 1:30 pm … I have a number of random thoughts and feelings going through my mind right now and I’m just going to let a few fly and see where I end up. It’s not the best way to write a well thought out blog post, but I’m not thinking very clearly today. If this...
Bruins Nation Oct 23, 2014

Spaulding Report: Mora and Others on Colorado, Kendricks Makes the Quarter Finals

Coach Mora met very briefly with the media today. Here is what he and others have to say about the meeting with the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday. Coach Mora spoke with the media one more time before heading to Colorado today: Video courtesy of Edward Lewis at Bruin Sports Report. Here are some notes from this incredibly short meeting with the press (I guess they were in a hurry to get to Basketball Media Day?): Mora praises the skill set of the Buff's quarterback, who played last year as a true freshman.  He says he can get out of the pocket and run which presents a challenge.  ...
Bruins Nation Oct 23, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Can the Bruins Offense Stampede the Buffalo D?

Colorado's defense is allowing 38 points per game and has trouble keeping up with their offense. UCLA has had trouble keeping up with expectations. Something's gotta give. While Colorado's offense has shown steady improvement under Coach MacIntyre, the defense simply has not been able to keep pace.  Colorado switched back to the 4-3 defense, and has shaved some yardage allowed off where they were a couple of years ago, but in reality they have gone from very bad to just bad in some measurements and below average in others, and they still have a ways to go to field a strong defense. The...
Bruins Nation Oct 23, 2014

UCLA Basketball: PAC-12 Media Day Open Thread

Here's your open thread for the PAC-12 Basketball Media Day. We're looking forward to the results of the coaches poll, Steve Alford's comments, and perhaps a cameo by new network comentator Bill Walton. The start of the college basketball season is just around the corner. The Bruins open up next Friday, October 31 at Pauley (full schedule at uclabruins.com) with an exhibition game vs. Azusa Pacific (no coverage besides radio announced yet...will Pauley will be as quiet as a graveyard on Halloween?). Jaylen Brown and Carlton Bragg, two five-star recruits, are scheduled to make their...
Bruins Nation Oct 23, 2014

BN Pac-12 Football Power Poll: Week 8

The Bruins Nation power poll for the topsy turvy Pac-12 football conference. Pac-12 teams are cannibals, robbing each other of a chance at a playoff appearance each week.  One team does seem to be separating itself from the pack, and the conference is deep enough that anything can happen on any given week.  Yet, while growing the middle class is a good thing for the US economy, it is not so good for a football conference, which benefits more from having 2 or 3 elite teams rather than parity across the board.  If there is going to be a changing of the guard in the Pac-12, UCLA needs to...
Bruins Nation Oct 23, 2014
Spaulding Roundup: Mazzone Avoids Turnover Talk while the Buffs and Bruins Honor the Quessenberrys

Spaulding Roundup: Mazzone Avoids Turnover Talk while the Buffs and Bruins Honor the Quessenberrys

News and Notes on the Bruins' preparations for their game on Saturday against Colorado. The Bruins continue to prepare for their Saturday morning meeting in Boulder with the Colorado Buffaloes. Noel Mazzone talked to the media after practice on Wednesday, discussing Mossi Johnson's coming out party at Berkeley, while trying not to talk about the spate of turnovers plaguing the Bruin offense. Video via Jack Wang/LA Daily News In the LA Times, Everett Cook shared more of Mazzone's thoughts on turnovers. "It’s like that thing you don’t talk about, and hope it goes away," Mazzone...
Bruins Nation Oct 22, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: A Look at Colorado's Productive Offense

Colorado may not be winning many games, but don't blame the offense. In two seasons, Mike MacIntyre has turned the Buffalo offense into one of the most productive units in the Pac-12. Despite starting 0-4 in conference again, Colorado has been much more competitive (and entertaining) this season.  Colorado is scoring over 30 ppg, and putting up over 460 yards of offense per game, and offense has not been the problem in Boulder. Maybe it is a coincidence, but Colorado's offensive resurgence is coming in a year where they return 4 key members along the offensive line; Alex Kelley (6'2",...
Bruins Nation Oct 22, 2014

Colorado Prep: Bruins Prepare to Travel to Take on the Buffs, Practice News & Notes

News and notes from UCLA Football's practices as Bruins prepare to travel to Colorado to take on the Buffs at 11AM PST on the Pac-12 Network. As UCLA football prepares for the Colorado Buffaloes this week, Coaches Mora and McClure catch us up on the changes they've been making on the defensive line and Mossi Johnson discusses his increasing role. Let's start with Mossi Johnson after his breakout game against UC Berkeley: Video courtesy of Ed Lewis at Bruin Sports Report. Mossi says he has not been frustrated by not having a larger role thus far.  He got an opportunity on Saturday to do...
Bruins Nation Oct 22, 2014

Bruin Hoop Bites: Media Day, Polls and Recruiting Events

The clock is ticking toward the start of the Bruins basketball season, and recruiting enters the final critical phase. College Basketball season is upon us! The PAC-12 Basketball Media Day is tomorrow (look for BN's open thread and recap), the open practice is Wednesday, October 29, the exhibition game is Friday, October 31 (likely to be graveyard-quiet in keeping with the Halloween scheduling) vs. Azusa Pacific, the "secret scrimmage" with UNLV is November 8 at Pauley and the season opener is Friday, November 14 vs. Montana State. Usually, the main, and possibly only, news to arise from...
Bruins Nation Oct 21, 2014

Spaulding Roundup: New Look Defensive Line and Mossi Johnson

Post practice interviews with Coach Mora, D-Line Coach McClure, and WR Mossi Johnson. As UCLA football prepares for the Colorado Buffaloes this week, Coaches Mora and McClure catch us up on the changes they've been making on the defensive line and Mossi Johnson discusses his increasing role. Let's start with Mossi Johnson after his breakout game against UC Berkeley: Video courtesy of Ed Lewis at Bruin Sports Report. Mossi says he has not been frustrated by not having a larger role thus far.  He got an opportunity on Saturday to do some good things for the team and he took advantage of...
Bruins Nation Oct 21, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Is Mike MacIntyre's Program Ready to Turn the Corner?

In two seasons, the improvements to the Colorado football program have been noticeable, but the changes have not yet registered in the win column. While there may not have been a flashy turnaround yet, Mike MacIntryre is building a program at Colorado.  In the three seasons preceding his hiring, the Buffaloes won a total of 3 games.  MacIntyre inherited a program with a star in Paul Richardson and not much else.  Yet, through two seasons, MacIntyre has injected some life into the program, and while it may take some time, the Colorado program is beginning to turn around. In former coach...
Bruins Nation Oct 21, 2014

UCLA Football: Bruin Nation's Berkeley Post-Game Roundtable Discussion

The writers and editors of Bruins Nation discuss the 2014 season's seventh game, a narrow victory over a Berkeley Bears squad coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2013 that featured not a single win over Division I-AA competition. 1.  The Bruins entered the season as the trendy College Football Playoff pick following a 10-3 season, while the Berkeley Bears came into the season pegged to be a conference pushover following a 1-11 season - yet Mora's squad was barely able to escape Berkeley with a win - how did we end up here? Bellerophon: The fact we were playing down to the level of this Bears...
Bruins Nation Oct 21, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - UCLA Women's Soccer Seniors, Men's Basketball Retreat, and Ebola

Movie recommendations included. So Myles Jack really likes the Bay Area: Mark my words I'll have a house in NorCal #enioyedtheweekend — Myles Jack (@ClickClack_Jack) October 19, 2014 Meanwhile, Caleb Benenoch may never be welcome in California again: In N Out might be one of the worst burger joints around. — Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch74) October 19, 2014 Trevor Davis is doing well: I'd like to thank everyone so much for all the prayers, and I'm blessed to say that I'm doing good and will be back soon #CalFamily — Trevor Davis (@Trevor9Davis) October 19, 2014 Men's...

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