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Bruins Nation Sep 17, 2014

The "Eye Test": Jerry Neuheisel Steps Up To Beat Texas in Texas

Grading out the finer details of UCLA's 20-17 victory over the Texas Longhorns in the Bruins' "neutral site" game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to see if UCLA football is meeting expectations. Apologies to everybody for the Eye Test being a few days late. Made the drive out to Texas with my father and got back late Monday night and wasn't able to really re-watch the game until Tuesday night. The UCLA Bruins took me on the best rollercoaster ride that I have ever been on while watching a sporting event live. I was furious, I was disappointed, I was hopeful, I was ecstatic, I was showered with...
Bruins Nation Sep 17, 2014

UCLA Football Releases 2015 Schedule

More Thursday games for the Bruins in 2015 The Pac-12 released the 2015 football schedule, and it's, well, interesting. 2015 UCLA Football Schedule Sept. 5        VirginiaSept. 12      at UNLVSept. 19      BYUSept. 26      at ArizonaOct. 3         Arizona StateOct. 10        BYEOct. 15        at Stanford (Thurs.)Oct. 22       California (Thurs.)Oct. 31       ColoradoNov. 7        at Oregon StateNov. 14      Washington StateNov. 21      at UtahNov. 28      at USC At first glance: TWO Thursday games this year,...
Bruins Nation Sep 16, 2014
UCLA Football: Bruins Nation's Texas Post-Game Roundtable Discussion

UCLA Football: Bruins Nation's Texas Post-Game Roundtable Discussion

The writers and editors of Bruins Nation discuss the 2014 season's third game, a come from behind 20-17 victory over a depleted Texas Longhorns squad in Dallas, with Jerry Neuheisel throwing a perfect deep ball for a touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to win it for UCLA in a script that could have been taken straight from Hollywood. 1. Our Bruins managed to go to Dallas to a "neutral" site and escape with a come-from-behind win over a depleted, thin Texas Longhorns team under back-up QB Jerry Neuheisel - first impressions of the win? Bellerophon: It's a great feel-good...
Bruins Nation Sep 15, 2014

UCLA Signs Josh Rosen, Top Prep Quarterback

The nation's highest rated high school quarterback has signed up to play at UCLA. He'll graduate high school early and enroll at the university for Winter quarter. According to a post on the official site, Josh Rosen considered the top high school quarterback in the nation, has officially signed on with the Bruins. Rosen, who attends St. John Bosco High School, will complete his high school education this term and will enroll at UCLA for Winter Quarter. LOS ANGELES – The top-rated high school quarterback in the nation, Josh Rosen, has signed with UCLA, head coach Jim Mora announced...
Bruins Nation Sep 15, 2014

CSU Transfer Octeus denied admission; Will Bryce Alford start at PG?

The UCLA Basketball program was banking on Colorado State graduate transfer Jon Octeus to lead the thin point guard position next season, but that's not going to happen now that Octeus has been reportedly denied admission. ChrisOrr was looking into the future this morning. Meanwhile, what about Jon Octeus? The Bolden news motivated me to head on over to uclabruins.com. Octeus is not on the roster. WTF? It's September 15. Octeus is a graduate transfer, so a different set of rules apply. There is no summer registration in his case, but wouldn't he be accepted to a graduate program by now? I...
Bruins Nation Sep 15, 2014

More Pac-12 Honors for UCLA Football Players

Quarterback Jerry Neuheisel and defensive back Ishmael Adams of UCLA have been named offensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football. The Pac-12 conference has divulged their weekly honors and UCLA once again was featured. Two UCLA Bruins earned awards In the trifecta of offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football. Not surprisingly, Jerry Neuheisel was named Offensive Pac-12 Player of the Week, after he came in for the injured Brett Hundley and calmly led his team to two TDs and set up a FG.  The apple didn't fall very far from the...
Bruins Nation Sep 15, 2014

ASU QB Taylor Kelly Out For A Month With Broken Foot

Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly is expected to miss at least a month after breaking a bone in his left foot during Saturday night's game against the Colorado Buffaloes. According to an article on ArizonaSports.com, ASU QB Taylor Kelly broke a bone in his left foot during Saturday night's win over Colorado. The site says multiple sources have confirmed this information. He is expected to miss at least a month. After injuring his foot on a rushing play, Kelly was seen on the sideline with crutches. Yesterday, ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted that Kelly was unlikely to play against UCLA. So,...
Bruins Nation Sep 15, 2014
UCLA Basketball: Bolden Ruled Ineligle. What About Octeus?

UCLA Basketball: Bolden Ruled Ineligle. What About Octeus?

The Bruins lose an expected rotation player for the year, if not permanently. Will there be another shoe to drop? What about Octeus? Here's the best explanation of the Bolden situation courtesy of Zagsblog: The 6-foot-9 Bolden can't practice (for now) but will remain on scholarship all year. He can practice after the first quarter if he maintains a certain GPA, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. And: The issue for Bolden - who committed to UCLA last December - relates to the fact that his clock expired before he graduated high school in the United States. Bolden began last...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

Watch: Neuheisel Interviews Neuheisel. Plus J. Neu Getting National Attention

"Let me just tell you how proud I am." "Thanks Dad." Well, we have enjoyed these Rick Neuheisel interviews with his son over the years, but none are better than this one after Jerry led his Bruins to a victory over the Texas Longhorns: via Pac-12 Network. First, concerned pop asks Jerry about the Texas pass rush: I could sense that they knew  I wasn't as good a runner as Brett... 'we're [referring to Texas] just going to kind of let our guys loose and see if he can get out of the pocket'. Adding: I just am lucky to be the quarterback dad. Rick then asks Jerry about the winning...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

UCLA Quarterback Brett Hundley Injures Left Elbow Against Texas

In a huge sigh of relief for UCLA fans everywhere, college football guru Bruce Feldman is reporting that UCLA QB Brett Hundley has a slight hyperextension of his left (non-throwing) elbow and should be back by the end of the week. Huge news for UCLA's football team tonight, and fortunately for the Bruins' championship aspirations, it's good news: Brett Hundley update: Slight hyper extension of left elbow he is expected to be fine by end of week, source tells @FOXSports #UCLA — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 14, 2014 While tonight's story on Jerry Neuheisel is a great...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

No Mora Updates on Hundley Till ASU Kickoff

It was surprising to hear Mora tell reporters last night that he would be updating them on Hundley's status, as the team does gain a tactical advantage by forcing ASU to prepare for both Hundley and Neuheisel. Don't expect to hear any updates on Brett Hundley's elbow injury from Coach Mora. According to an article by Jack Wang of InsideSoCal.com, UCLA Coach Jim Mora told reporters on Sunday that he won't be providing any updates on Hundley's status until kickoff of the ASU game on September 24th. Wang quoted Mora as saying: I'm not going to tell anybody anything until kickoff versus...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

WATCH: Highlights from UCLA-Texas

Video evidence proves... we won. Need to relive the game one more time?  Here are the highlights from the official site. It leads off with Brett Hundley's injury, so beware. Get excited along with Gus Johnson. Did you miss watching the game or were you there and need a refresher on what happened, textually?  Here is the box score and stats. Paul Perkins had a total of 195 all purpose yards, including 126 yards rushing and 69 receiving.  Another good stat: Ka'imi Fairbairn, 2-2 on his field goal attempts, with the long from 47.  Ishmael Adams had three punt returns, one with a long of...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

Bruins Move to #10 in Coaches Poll; Stay #12 in AP Poll

UCLA moved back into the Top 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll while AP voters see the Bruins as as "all hat, no cattle", keeping them at #12. The Bruins victory over Texas last night at JerryWorld has pushed the team back into the Top 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, the voters in the AP Poll continue to be unimpressed by UCLA, where the team remains at #12. Other than Georgia and u$c both dropping, the Coaches Poll Top 10 is virtually unchanged this week. Oregon and Oklahoma flip-flopped the 3 and the 4 spots. Meanwhile, Georgia dropped from 6th to 14th and u$c plummeted...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - UCLA Defeats Texas, and JERRY JERRY JERRY

Nothing more than "JERRY JERRY JERRY" ringing through Westwood. It's a great day to be alive and be a Bruin: It's a great day to be alive and be a bruin! Couldn't have wrote it any better! I love my team! And can't wait for ASU! #uclafootball — Jerry Neuheisel (@jerryneuheisel) September 14, 2014 JERRY JERRY JERRY JERRY. One word: Jerrrrrrrrrrryyy !!!!!! — Jordan Lasley (@LegendaryLasley) September 14, 2014 JERRY Neuheisel's World!!!!!!!!! — Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch74) September 14, 2014 What great story in Jerry Neu and as always what a great day to be a...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014
The Morning After, Part Three: Texas

The Morning After, Part Three: Texas

Bruin fans have every right to be thrilled with last night's win. They also have every right to still be plenty concerned about this football program. Ignorance is bliss. -  a quote from every happy Trojan A funny thing happened last night on the way to the National Championship. Ok, maybe I'm getting ahead of things, and I'm on the East Coast right now, so I was up writing this even later than I typically am, but either way, it's becoming clearer and clearer that I don't know what's going on with this team. But one thing I do know is that the early part of the U.C.L.A. football season...
Bruins Nation Sep 14, 2014

UCLA Post-Game Interviews: Coach Mora, Clueless Mazzne, and Jerry Neuheisel

In their post-game interviews, Coach Jim Mora, Clueless No-O Mazzne and Bruin QB Jerry Neuheisel discuss the Texas game. If you've been following along, Mazzne genuinely seems to be clueless. How is this guy still our offensive coordinator? Thankfully, Jerry restores some of our faith in the team.
Bruins Nation Sep 12, 2014

NCAA Declares UCLA Basketball Freshman Jonah Bolden Ineligible

The Australian forward, barring a last ditch appeal, will not play for UCLA. It looks like Steve Alford's heralded first recruiting class has just taken a hit, per ESPN, as the NCAA has declared freshman Jonah Bolden ineligible: Sources told ESPN the issue stems from Bolden leaving Australia after his senior season had already begun to attend Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Bolden left Findlay in December and finished at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. UCLA will try to appeal, but who knows how successful that attempt will be. Bolden is a 6'9" forward that thinks he's a 3 but is probably...
Bruins Nation Sep 12, 2014

Pregame Guesses: Texas Longhorns Edition

UCLA is unbeaten going into the Texas game? But, somehow, it doesn't feel that way. (This week’s video is "Feel My Pain" by Kurt Vile. I’ve been a fan of Vile’s since he was a member of The War on Drugs. This song just felt properly melancholy this week.) Thursday, 12:05 pm … Writing on my lunch hour, taking a break from what’s been a lousy day at work. Maybe that’s fitting because it feels like it’s been a lousy week to be a UCLA football fan. That's a weird thing to write, a weird thing to feel, isn’t it? We are 2-0 right? Undefeated? Do why doesn’t it feel like...
Bruins Nation Sep 11, 2014
What Exactly Is Neutral About Playing In Arlington?

What Exactly Is Neutral About Playing In Arlington?

The payout isn't the same. The recruiting benefits aren't the same. So, just what is neutral about playing in Arlington? Not much. This Saturday, UCLA will play the Texas Longhorns in a game that is technically at a neutral site. But, as we've highlighted before, playing UT in the Dallas suburb of Arlington isn't the same as playing Notre Dame or Florida in there because the Dallas area has a huge Texas fanbase and the two-hundred mile drive from Austin to Arlington would be equivalent to UCLA playing a "neutral site" game in Fresno or playing Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. That's not...
Bruins Nation Sep 11, 2014

UCLA Football, Spaulding Report: Shuffling the Secondary, New Defensive End, and The Eyes of Texas are Upon You!

Mora speaks to the media after Thursday's practice as the Bruins get ready to travel to Texas. UCLA also adds speed to its already impressive defensive line! Coach Mora spoke to media after a "good Thursday" practice before heading to Texas tomorrow.  Coach Mora said they have had three really good practices in a row and have worked on "eliminating the errors". via Ryan Kartje, OC Register On Randall Goforth, Coach Mora is not expecting him to play: We’re leaning towards doubtful and teetering on out.  We’re still waiting on a little information, but I think he’s very...

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