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Jim Mora thinks the key to beating Stanford might be as simple as effort

Jim Mora thinks the key to beating Stanford might be as simple as effort

What struck UCLA coach Jim Mora most when he watched recent tutorials on stopping Stanford wasn’t so much intense defensive pressure or inventive schemes.

It was old-fashioned effort.

“I mean, maybe not perfect all the time,” Mora said of the effort by USC and San Diego State in victories over the Cardinal, “but a maniacal attitude to get to the ball. … That maniacal effort is what won it for those teams.”

It’s the kind of effort that Mora said had been missing at times from the Bruins’ defense last weekend during a 48-45 loss to Memphis. It was absent on a screen pass that went for a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The defenders couldn’t...

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