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Normal 0 0 1 601 3431 28 6 4213 11.1282 0 0 0 The Trojans lose on the final play of the game for a second week in a row, while UCLA is blown out again by a Bay area school.

By Jason Lewis

Sentinel Sports Editor

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For a second week in a row USC’s offense moved the ball up and down the field and lit up the scoreboard, only to watch their defense get torched and give up a game winning score on the final play of the game.

For a second time this season UCLA was run off the field in embarrassing fashion against a Bay area school.UCLA has lost to Stanford and Cal by a combined score of 70-7.It looks like the Bruins should schedule more games against Texas schools and forget about the Northern California schools.

Both UCLA and USC took their lumps, but the Trojans can at least say they showed up and competed, well, at least on one side of the ball.

Typically racking up 35 points, 498 yards worth of offense, while turning the ball over once compared to three turnovers for the opponent, equates to a victory.But USC’s 100th ranked defense let them down again.

Stanford finished with 478 total yards of offense, and with the game on the line they drove the ball down the field with ease against USC’s non-existent defense.

The blame game is going around USC right about now, with the fingers pointing at defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.Some people are thinking that Kiffin, who is known as a great defensive coordinator on the NFL level, cannot figure out the college game.But that does not make much sense.Last year Kiffin was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee, and the Vols had the 20th ranked defense (USC was ranked 40th last year).

The high player turnover rate and new system seems to have killed the Trojans on the defensive side of the ball.Blaming Kiffin is too simple, it’s time to look at the lack of talent on defense.

It’s a shame that quarterback Matt Barkley’s efforts are being lost on a horrible defense, and freshman wide receiver Robert Woods’ (Serra HS) 12 reception, 224 yards and three touchdown game would have been legendary if their defense could have held up.

A week before running back Allen Bradford’s 223 rushing yards performance was wasted because their defense could not stop Washington from scoring.

As disappointing as USC has been the last two weeks, it isn’t embarrassing like UCLA’s efforts.The Bruins got UCLA fans excited with a three game winning streak, which included wins over ranked Houston and Texas, but a losing 35-7 against Cal shows that this program is not legit in any way.

UCLA rushed for 266 yards against Houston, 264 yards against Texas, and 437 yards against Washington St.Over the course of those games they averaged 37 points per game.

Earlier in the season Cal was run over by Nevada’s pistol offense to the tune of 316 rushing yards and 52 points.

On paper it looked like UCLA was going to run wild and put up all kind of points on the scoreboard with their version of the pistol offense.But instead UCLA rushed for 26 years.Yes, 26!Talk about falling flat on your face.

How can an offense coached by Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow be so awful?They have one of the worst passing offenses in the nation and when their running game disappears they are pretty much sunk.

 

UCLA’s program has been stuck in neutral since Neuheisel replaced former head coach Karl Dorrell.Neuheisel was the golden child who was finally returning home to UCLA, where he led the Bruins to a Rose Bowl victory.He added Chow, who is one of the greatest offensive coordinators in college football history, to his coaching staff.The two of them were supposed to be setting scoring records.But all UCLA has gotten in two and a half years is a miss firing pistol offense.

 

This is not what UCLA signed up for when they brought these two coaches in.UCLA is known as a basketball school, but still, this is not acceptable.

 

Both Los Angeles schools losing to the Bay area schools in the same weekend is not a good thing.A little big of pride from our half of the state was sorely missed this past Saturday.

 

Category: Football


 

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