UCLA’s Jim Mora asks why New Mexico State didn’t block Anthony Barr

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr puts a big hit on New Mexico State quarterback King Davis III in the third quarter Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA Coach Jim Mora received an explanation of why linebacker Anthony Barr was called for a personal foul in the third quarter Saturday from Tony Corrente, the Pac-12’s director of officiating.

It led Mora to another question … one that can only be answered by the New Mexico State coaches or offensive linemen.

“I’m trying to figure out why you wouldn’t block Anthony Barr,” Mora said.


Barr came in free during the third quarter Saturday and leveled quarterback King Davis III, knocking him out of the game. Barr was called for a penalty. Television replays appeared to show the hit was clean.

What Corrente saw, Mora said, “was Anthony dipped his head a little bit and gave the impression he hit him with the crown [of his helmet]. He didn’t, but it gave the impression it happened.”

Later in that same drive, Mora received an unsportsmanlike penalty, admitting after the game he was still upset over the call.

Now he just wonders why Barr wasn’t delayed by a lineman.

Said Mora: “Rather than penalizing Anthony Barr for no one blocking him and him hitting the quarterback, we probably should block Anthony Barr. He’s a pretty good player.”


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