Time is running out for Dorrell. With 4 games left in the regular season he will probably need to win at least 3 games to keep a grip on his current job. But Dorrell is not showing any sense of urgency. In fact from his comments today it sounds like he is shooting for a moral victory. Here is Dorrell on today's opponent:
"We know all the things that are issues up to this point. Now it's about getting it done and this is a great opportunity to get that done now."
The Bruins are outscoring their opponents in the first, second and fourth quarters, but they are being outscored 36-26 in the third quarter. Furthermore, UCLA's third-quarter point total is about half of what the Bruins have in any other quarter.
"Our issue is the third quarter. That's what we have to solve, I think," UCLA offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda said. "Notre Dame game? Third quarter. Washington State? Third quarter. Oregon? Third quarter. Washington? Third quarter."
Svoboda mentioned UCLA's four losses, and in those games the Bruins had a combined seven first downs and no touchdowns in the third quarter. A field goal against Washington accounted for the only third- quarter points UCLA scored in the defeats.
Overall, the Bruins have not scored in their past three third quarters.
More from the OC Register on how UCLA's passing game is in total disarray:
UCLA, with two first-year quarterbacks in Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan, added a day to their quarterbacks' work schedule and they went at it four days a week instead of just three, trying to develop a comfort level with each other as well as within the West Coast offense.
They went through checks and route adjustments, ran set plays one after the other.
And yet, eight games into the season, the Bruins' passing game remains in disarray. UCLA is ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in yards per pass and seventh in completion percentage (58.2) going into a conference game today at Cal, a team that is ranked last in the conference in pass defense but with 18 interceptions has a knack for forcing turnovers in the passing game.
2 Pick or burn. Led by senior cornerback Daymeion Hughes' seven interceptions, Cal leads the Pac-10 with 18. But the Bears also have given up 12 passing touchdowns, and UCLA's Patrick Cowan has completed at least one touchdown pass in three of his last four games.
3 Longshore factor. Cal has given up only nine sacks this season, which is one reason for quarterback Nate Longshore's passing success. UCLA, led by ends Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis, has one of the nation's best pass-rushing defenses with 26 total sacks.
Dorrell has a 4 game losing streak on the road. And he has a game losing streak on the road against teams with winning record. He needs to end it today to keep from being a laughing stock in Westwood. He is running out of time (if he hasn't already)