Make a new plan, Dan — Neuheisel is Slip Sliding Away, as his Offense can’t score a single point, and his Defense is much worse, giving up 50, by failing to cover anyone all night
The Offense gets shut out, yet the Defense was worse than the Offense. What more do you need to know? The Offense actually moved the ball, with Kevin Prince throwing for 261 yards, and with Jonathan Franklin averaging 7 yards a carry, but 3 times the Bruins threatened, and 3 times they were denied. On their first drive, they failed on a 4th and Goal run, later, Prince threw an Interception in the end zone, and finally, Prince tried to squeeze a 4th Down pass between two defenders converging on Joseph Fauria in the end zone, but the pass fell incomplete.
At least they had SOME success, and GOT the ball into the Red Zone. The Defense, however, had NO success at all. Not even close. Not only did sc score almost every time they touched the ball, but they did so with total ease. Their first TD came on a bomb, on their 4th snap. The next TD drive took about 30 seconds longer. Matt Barkley threw 6 Touchdown passes, and Curtis McNeal had a 73-yard TD run. Everything the trojans did, worked. Their Receivers were wide open all night, Barkley was not pressured in the slightest, and sc dominated the line of scrimmage. The Bruins put up so little resistence, that sc barely had any THIRD Downs, let alone FOURTH Downs.
The schemes didn’t work, the athletes were overmatched, the passion and effort were not evident — It was a total epic fail on the part of all the coaches and players. It was an absolute embarrassment, to all the Bruin fans who took their lives in their hands by travelling to South Central to attend the game in person.
There are no excuses. Even the teams that UCLA beat soundly put up a much better fight when they played usc. Sure the trojans are made up of steroidal freaks of nature who all came to sc because they were the best players money could buy — That’s why I said all week that the Bruins have little chance to win the game. But FIFTY-TO-NOTHING? That is absolute bullshit, and Rick Neuheisel is accountable. If the groundswell for his immediate dismissal gets its way, I will not mourn the loss. Not after the showing last night.
It should be noted that despite the fact that the game was over by the 3rd quarter, Lane Kiffin kept his starters in the game. Barkley stayed in to get his 6th TD pass, because that broke the school record for TD’s in a season (which is a legitimate reason), but the thing is, he stayed in AFTER he got the record. He didn’t come out until the final play of the game. At least he wasn’t thowing bombs. And I guess Kiffin kept the Defensive starters in, in order to maintain the shutout. What he doesn’t realize, is that his lack of class just guaranteed that the UCLA Program will improve, by insuring that they will have a new Coach next season. At least I don’t THINK the more powerful boosters will stand for the return of the guy who engineered that debacle last night. And when Rick leaves, he better take Defensive Coordinator Joe Tresey with him.
Now I know that there are some die-hard pro-Rick fans out there that don’t like my tone. First of all, I bet those people weren’t in the stadium to see that pathetic performance in person, and didn’t have to take the constant and unending ABUSE of the trojan fans who had thoroughly infiltrated the UCLA sections. And secondly, if you still have faith in Rick, all he has to do to redeem himself is take his team to Oregon on Dec. 2nd, and beat the Ducks to earn a Rose Bowl bid. Then he will keep his job for another year. But if you really think that UCLA can beat Oregon IN Oregon, you probably also think that there will be a permanent peace between Israel and Palestine starting next week. Optimism is nice, but maybe you should use it to hope for a good Coaching hire as soon as possible.
The only thing I’m optimistic about is the UCLA Spirit Squad. Below are 35 photos from the game and the pre-game Bruin Bash, featuring the Dance Team and Cheer Squad… the ONLY good part of the night.