There is the 24-hour rule. There is a victory UCLA players will remember for a lifetime.
Those conflicting thoughts will run through minds this week at Spaulding Field, as the Bruins prepare to play Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Friday.
Coach Jim Mora has preached that any victory has to be put on the shelf after 24 hours. But a 38-20 whipping of USC won't be so easy to file away.
“That’s a game I will remember forever,” quarterback Brett Hundley said. “At the same time, it comes down to the leadership and maturity of the team. We have to be able to put the focus back where it needs to be.”
UCLA needs a victory over Stanford to win the Pac-12 South Division and go to the conference championship game. The Bruins would play Oregon at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Dec. 5.
Yet the appeal of celebrating such a decisive victory over USC remains.
“It’s tough,” receiver Jordan Payton said. “We have such a big goal, and our dream is so big that we have no choice. We have to get right back on...Read more
The UCLA men’s basketball team successfully navigated their first four games of the season, and on Monday, they were rewarded. When the national polls came out, UCLA moved into the rankings.
UCLA jumped to the No. 22 spot in this week’s Associated Press top-25 poll. The USA Today Coaches Poll has the Bruins at No. 23.
That makes UCLA the second-ranked Pac-12 team, behind Arizona — second in the AP poll, fourth in the Coaches Poll.
Through the first four games, UCLA is averaging more than 95 points per game and has won by an average margin of almost 24 points. They haven’t played any ranked or power-conference teams, but Long Beach State is No. 33 in the early RPI, and Coastal Carolina is No. 78.
Now comes the hard part. UCLA opens up its Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas with a game against Oklahoma. The Sooners dropped out of the AP poll after a loss to Creighton last week but remain ahead of UCLA in the Coaches Poll, at No. 21.
Other teams in the tournament field include...Read more
UCLA could have issues in the secondary when it plays Stanford on Friday at the Rose Bowl.
Defensive backs Ishmael Adams and Priest Willis left Saturday’s game against USC with undisclosed injuries. Adams did not play in the second half and Willis was helped off the field in the fourth quarter after a collision with a USC player.
Willis was not at practice Monday. Adams was in uniform, but did not do the pre-practice workout with the defensive backs.
Mora said that Adams was “a lot better than I thought he would be today.” Willis was more serious, he said.
“We’re not sure what extent it was,” Mora said. “All head trauma is significant. This wasn’t significant where we are overly concerned.”
The loss of Adams would be significant. He plays cornerback, safety and nickel back. He averages 23.3 yards on kickoff returns and 10.4 on punt returns.
Adams has also scored three touchdowns, two on interception returns and one on a kickoff return.
With Adams out, defensive back Marcus Rios would...Read more
Time flies, and six years after an ill-advised advertising campaign by UCLA’s marketing department, the Bruins can say that they have ended the college football monopoly in Los Angeles.
And they have begun another: Theirs.
By the time the Bruins were done with USC on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, they had a 38-20 victory and clear possession of the city after winning the third consecutive game in the rivalry.
The series can easily flip, but none among the Bruin-heavy crowd of 82,431 was worried about that as they chanted “UCLA” as the clock wound down.
USC’s Pete Carroll years have been permanently assigned to history. The Trojans are on their second coach, plus two interim coaches, since. On the other side, Jim Mora has resurrected a program that had an 82-81 record from 1999-2011.
Those were things painfully obvious -- to the Trojans -- in one of UCLA’s most dominant victories in the series.
After USC beat California last week, tackle Zach Banner said that UCLA had “renting” the...Read more
UCLA announced it is naming its athletic facilities after Jackie Robinson in honor of the 75th anniversary of his enrollment at the university.
The 22 athletic facilities, including Pauley Pavilion, Spaulding Field, Drake Stadium and the Morgan Center, will be the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex. UCLA’s baseball stadium, one of the facilities in the complex, is already named for Robinson.
Robinson played football, basketball, baseball and competed in track and field at UCLA from 1939 to 1941. He became the first African American to play in the major leagues when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1947 season.
Robinson’s No. 42, which he wore with the Dodgers, will be painted on the Rose Bowl field, and Bruins players will wear the number on their helmets for the game against USC on Saturday.Read more
Former UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox remembers his one victory over USC. Yet, he has total recall on his one loss.
Maddox threw for 212 yards in guiding the Bruins to a 24-21 victory over the Trojans in 1991. It started UCLA’s eight-game winning streak in the rivalry.
“The one I won was a lot more enjoyable,” Maddox said. “But as I get older, as time passes, people talk more about the game the year before.”
Maddox had a gunslinger moment with USC quarterback Todd Marinovich in 1990. Maddox threw for 409 yards, a UCLA single-game record that stood until Cade McNown threw for 513 against Miami in 1998. Marinovich threw for 215, but his last pass was a 23-yard touchdown to Johnnie Morton with 16 seconds left in the USC 45-42 victory.
“Even though it hurts to lose, and it was tough to get over, it is still special to look back,” Maddox said. “A lot of people have asked me about that game.”
What Maddox remembers most was his last effort.
“After they scored the touchdown, we had 16 seconds,”...Read more