Back to joys of following Karl Dorrell football. One of the main themes heading into the Washington game is the ineffectiveness of our ground attack. Remember all the bragging about our running attack after that 270+ yard performance against D-1 powerhouse Rice? Well it's all gone. Players are still trying to find answers. The OL coach Jim Colletto blamed the inexperienced QBs for the ineffective ground attack earlier in the week. He still doesn't seem to have any good solutions for cranking up our ground attack:
The strength of the Bruins offensive line was expected to be run blocking, but that has not been the case.
The Bruins rank eighth in the Pacific 10 Conference, averaging 126.9 yards rushing and 3.7 yards a carry. And in last week's 20-17 loss at Notre Dame, UCLA hit rock bottom with a season-low 26 yards rushing.
"The mechanics have to improve, our execution has to improve, the technique at the point of attack needs to improve," said Colletto, rattling off UCLA's offensive line to-do list. "At times we get things right and we look real good. Then there are times when we go to sleep."
UCLA ran well against Rice (277 yards) and Stanford (175 and two touchdowns), and had good stretches against Washington and Oregon. But there have been way too many times when they haven't, according to Colletto.
"We may have given them too many running plays, maybe too much information," he said. "... I have to do a better job of not overloading them."
After strong rushing performances at the beginning of the season, the Bruins had difficulty running against Arizona (22 carries, 65 yards), Oregon (30-104), and Notre Dame (28-26), averaging 2.4 yards per attempt.
The dry spell pushed UCLA to eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in rushing at 126.9 yards per game, and the Bruins' five rushing touchdowns is tied for eighth.
"For some reason, when we play teams, the box is filled," UCLA offensive guard Shannon Tevaga said. "We game plan nine (defenders) in the box. When the run game wasn't working, we were frustrated by that. (Markey) didn't have anywhere to run against (Notre Dame)."
Anyways, we will not go back to the ND game and stop being a meanie to KD. We will take him at his word when he says this:
Once again, it's time for KD to back up all the talk of "growing" and "learning" by showing some positive results on the field. He seems to keep coming up short every weekend. Because as far as W-L record against good teams goes, KD has come up with a big fat "zero" this season. That's right, he is 0-3 against teams with winning record in 2006. So if the team is "locked in" we expect a big win against a winning team at the Rose Bowl.