UCLA's secondary is becoming a total mess. And there are some conflicting reports coming out of Westwood. Looks like different people are telling different stories to Bruin beat reporters. Here is Kuwada from the OC Register (emphasis mine throughout):
The Bruins lost their 15-14 lead in the third quarter before losing their third consecutive game.
And while it's a bit unfair to single out No. 3 for UCLA - junior cornerback Rodney Van - he and the UCLA secondary did next to nothing to stop the Cougars passing offense.
But Washington State didn't just knock on Van's door. Quarterback Alex Brink had a season-high 405 passing yards - the eighth-highest total in school history. [...]
Van was pulled midway through the third after Hill went 19 yards on a third-and-9 play from the WSU 36. Gibson scored on a 17-yard pass a play later to give Washington State a 20-15, game-clinching touchdown.
Van benched himself.
He was already beaten for three touchdowns in Saturday's 37-15 loss, and the 34-yard catch was the third straight play on which Van gave up a completion.
Freshman Alterraun Verner took over, and the Cougars were held to a field goal on the drive as the Bruins remained in striking distance at 23-15 late in the third quarter.
"I pulled myself out of the game because, honestly, I felt I was hurting our team. I honestly did," Van said. "I felt things were going wrong for me. I don't like playing in a game when I know there's somebody else behind me.
"We have a big motto on our board: `Don't let your teammates down.' Saturday, I felt I was letting my teammates down. I'm glad I did it because it showed my levelheadedness and team spirit."
Speaking of him, I still don't get the love for Walker. The man got outschemed the first time he took on a decent offense against Oregon. And although I will not pin the Notre Dame loss against him, it was still his defense which fell apart in 3 plays in last 62 seconds basically looking like that same UCLA defense (in those 62 seconds) that couldn't tackle Miami on December 5, 1998. And then it followed up by giving up more than 500 yards last weekend at home. I know they are an exhausted bunch. But still, right now, what is coming out of Westwood in terms of these contradicting reports paint the picture of a total confused and chaotic mess.
But, of course, all this is part of the "growing" process of Dorrell's program. On cue, here he is in the LA Times:
May be, just may be the end is near us.