Outcoached. Outplayed. Unhinged under pressure.
UCLA 36 – Nebraska 30
Stat of the night: UCLA Total Offensive Yardage: 648 Yards.
648 Yards. 2 More yards allowed than Rice gave up the Bruins last week.
Jim Mora Jr., with his 8 starting freshman, came prepared and beat Pelini in the coaching department. The Nebraska defense, except for a handful of key moments, was non-existent. The offensive line played well the first half, but taking blitz after blitz, was shot in the final quarter of play. Play calling – a zone read from the 4; third down conversions?
Yet despite all of that, Nebraska was in this game until the end. And then the pressure boiled over. Taylor Martinez trying to rally his troops, stares down a streaking Kenny Bell (if memory serves correctly) a fires a pass everyone expected for an interception. Game essentially over at that point, minus the idiotic rule changes for onsides kicks in 2012.
There’s a lot of soul searching that needs to be done on defensive side of the ball, and let’s hope they find what they are looking for…and fast. For starters, there are plenty of instructional videos on YouTube for How To Tackle.
What did you think of the game tonight? Fire off in the comments.