For the second week in a row, Norm Chow’s Offense can’t muster a TD, in 31-10 loss to Arizona
Is this the year of the Tennessee Tease?
After shocking the Nation with an upset win over the Volunteers, the Bruins have reverted to a team who has no business thinking about Bowls. After absorbing a 59-0 loss to BYU last week, the Bruins got beaten down by Arizona on Saturday, 31-10. This one wasn’t nearly as one-sided as the BYU game — The Bruins were down by just 7 points in the 4th Quarter. But the Wildcats were clearly the better team, led by QB Willie Tuitama, who is a repeat offender against UCLA. The Wildcats exploited weaknesses (i.e. Mike Norris) in DeWayne Walker’s Defense, and even made Alterraun Verner look bad a few times.
The Defense outscored the Offense, with a fumble recovery by Korey Bosworth, that gave UCLA a 7-3 lead. But the Defense was not strong enough to withstand their non-productive Offensive counterparts. They didn’t give up a lot of yards, but Tuitama had ample time to find his Receivers when necessary, as Arizona controlled the line of scrimmage.
The Bruins actually gained some yards on the Ground, thanks to Chane Moline’s 40 yard run. but the Offense never got into a rhythm, and former Tennessee Titan O.C. Norm Chow’s legendary halftime adjustments have failed twice in a row.
The Bruins are now 0-1 in the Conference, and 1-1 at Home for the Season — A Season for which many Bruin fans are quickly losing hope. But the team did “improve,” however slightly, from the previous game, especially with Run Blocking, so maybe if the trend continues, Rick Neuheisel won’t lose ALL of the momentum that he had been developing (like right before Halftime when he stunned fans by settling for 3 points). Next week, NO ONE will be stunned if Fresno State joins the club of teams who kill the rebuilding Bruins this season. At least the PRESSURE is off.
Below are 20-something photos from Saturday’s Suckfest and Pregame Rally (which didn’t suck at all).