Well if Karl Dorrell wants to finally put together a break through win on the road this weekend, then his offense will have to step up. Because right now after 5 games into the season, there are still lots of doubts around anemic offense:
Lane has scored 13 touchdowns to lead the nation. Meanwhile, the Bruins have scored only 10 offensive touchdowns - seven coming through the air and three on running plays.
And, to the players, the lack of production has been the result of poor focus, execution, and scanty attention to detail. It's little things that kill drives and could crush the rest of their season, given a difficult stretch ahead that includes games at Oregon, Notre Dame and Cal in the next four weeks as well as a home date against Washington State.
"We're not going to win a lot of games scoring one and two touchdowns a game,'' running back Chris Markey said. "I just feel that we have to be more focused when we're on the field and know what's at stake. Our defense is helping us. They're playing amazing football, really, and we have to help them. In this conference, in the Pac-10, we have to step it up.''
That they realize it is a plus, though turning it around might not be as easy as breezing by Stanford or Arizona.
But at this point it is on the players to focus on offense.
One guy who seems to be staying cool is Pat Cowan who at least on surface is treating this week just like any other week:
Going back to Cowan, the Daily News reports how UCLA coaches are not changing anything despite the change at our QB position:
"That's not our approach at all," Dorrell said. "We're going to go and see what he can do. He knows everything we've been able to do, even when Ben was in there."
However, Rasshan said the package was supposed to be put in after the season, but plans changed. With starter Ben Olson out four to six weeks with a knee injury, Rasshan is cramming to get immersed in the offense since he will be Patrick Cowan's backup for the next month.
Is Rasshan paying more attention to the game plan and film study because of the change of events?
"Yeah, a lot," he said. "I was up at 7 o'clock (Tuesday) morning, getting the package early and learning. For myself, I definitely want to do the best I can. But, more importantly, for the team, I owe it to the team to be prepared in case something happens."