UCLA, for the past three years, had built its offense around the five-yard square-out. This was good enough to be effective when they had players to caliber of Troy Aikman, Gaston Green, etc., but even then it usually was not enough in the more important games against quality opponents such as USC.
Is it just coincidence that Homer Smith left three years ago? As the offensive coordinator, he took teams with fifth-year seniors at quarterback to numerous victories. Unless UCLA develops a more sophisticated offense now, it will take a quarterback of Aikman's ability to make the Bruins a winning team again.
PHIL COUTO, San Pedro