First ... Howland's Bruins are off to a winning start, as our JV team beat up on Carleton College, aka the "UCLA of Canada" by score of 78-51. Not bad for a team playing without four of its starters. On that note - another must win Saturday against a not so great program from the Pac-10. The players and coaches are saying all the right things with the appropo one game at a time clichés, and how they are focused. But we heard that before the Washington game as well. So, it would be really nice if we come out in first quarter and impose our will on those Mildcats from get-go, and play like you know, a top-5 BCS team. Here is MJD and Coach Cable on this afternoon's game in the dessert:
The Bruins, the fifth-best scoring team in the nation at 42.6 points per game, should be able to move the ball against Arizona, which gave up 654 yards to Oregon State and 724 against USC early in the season.
The Wildcats' biggest problem has been their inability to stop the run. They rank next to last in the Pac-10 -- just ahead of the Bruins -- giving up 185 yards per game. But UCLA's ground attack gained only 79 yards last week in an overtime victory against Stanford.
"We have taken the attitude that this game is our biggest game of the season and the kids understand that," UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable said. "We have left no stone unturned this week. We've put some new stuff in. We're excited about going against their pressure defense."
The Bruins will be looking to start fast today after pulling off four come-from-behind, fourth-quarter victories in their last five games. Getting the ball to Drew would be a good place to start.
He then led the Wildcats to a 29-27 victory at Oregon State last week. He passed for 335 yards and made some big plays, with his average yards gained per attempt (15.2) only one-tenth of a yard shy of the school record set by Tom Tunnicliffe in 1982.
In seven quarters he has passed for 517 yards (258.5 per game) with four touchdown passes and only one interception, giving him an efficiency rating of 152.91. Kovalcheck in the first six games plus one quarter passed for 1,321 yards (188.7 per game) and 10 touchdowns with 11 interceptions, for an efficiency rating of 113.94.
And the feel, the air, about the offense is just different. The Wildcats pose a threat.
For one thing, they are better in the red zone. Tuitama has led the Wildcats to scores on five of six opportunities inside the 20-yard line.
They also are more explosive. Arizona has had 12 plays from scrimmage of 20 or more yards in its past two games compared with 16 plays of 20 or more yards in its first six games.
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Here is to the Benz thundering and rumbling all over the Mildcats this afternoon. Time for Marcedes to send a message across the Nation and most importantly play like a BCS team. Start strong and then finish it. GO BRUINS.