"Sometimes when you're young like we are, you can bounce back a little easier," UCLA Coach Jim Mora says. "The losses don't stay with you as long."
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After two weeks of living Pac-12 life on the edge, UCLA went back to work on the practice field Tuesday.
The Bruins, who had successive losses to No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford, will play a Colorado team that has beaten only one Football Bowl Subdivision team -- Colorado State.
“Sometimes when you’re young like we are, you can bounce back a little easier,” Coach Jim Mora said. “The losses don’t stay with you as long. That’s a good thing, as long as you’re learning the lessons along the way you need to learn and apply them going forward.”
Mora has been concerned about a lingering effect.
“Sometimes there is a little bit of a hangover, whether it’s after really big wins or difficult loses,” Mora said. “I was tuned into that and just didn’t feel it.”
The two losses left the No. 17 Bruins one game behind Arizona State, which leads the Pac-12 South Division.
“It’s really good for our program to go through these things,” Mora said. “You certainly don’t like it. The coaches don’t like it. Our players don’t like it. Our fans certainly don't like it.”
That being said, Mora had a simple outlook.
“The bottom line is we lost,” Mora said. “It’s all still out there for us.”
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