Defense responds to Cable

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “(Cable) is a part of this team, too, and he’s put his heart and soul into this as much as we have,” UCLA linebacker Justin London said. “Just because we don’t see him all the time doesn’t mean that he’s not there. He wanted to let us know that he coaches against us every day, and he knows we’re better than that.” Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said he had no issues with Cable verbally undressing his unit. “It’s a team. That’s fine,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t matter to me how we get it done.” Punt fake muffed: A botched fake punt nearly cost the Bruins in the third quarter. Michael Norris, who lined up wide, didn’t have anyone blocking him, so punter Aaron Perez did what the coaches wanted, calling an audible and throwing to Norris rather than kicking. But Norris never turned to look for the ball, despite having no one within 20 yards of him. “(Norris) was focused on getting down (the field),” special teams coach Brian Schneider said. “Everyone knew but Mike. That’s just coaching.” PULLMAN, Wash. – The halftime undressing of UCLA’s defense came from its coordinator, just not the one everyone thought. After the Bruins’ defense stumbled over itself en route to a forgettable first half, offensive coordinator Tom Cable laced into the defense during halftime. “Coach Cable ripped us, but that’s what we needed,” UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner said. “He told us that we needed, basically, to step up.” After being run over for 28 points and 362 yards in the first half, the defense tightened to enable No. 12 UCLA to rally for a 44-41 overtime win Saturday at Martin Stadium. center_img Limiting Drew: The Cougars found a way to keep Bruins tailback Maurice Drew from making game-changing plays on special teams: They didn’t give him many chances. Coming into the game, Drew led the nation, averaging 33.8 yards per punt return, but only got one chance to return five Kyle Basler punts. And that was nullified by a UCLA penalty. Hill plays: Late in the week WSU coach Bill Doba termed receiver Jason Hill doubtful, but the junior started and impacted immediately. Hill had said he played “at 80 percent.” He had a game-high eight catches, including a 6-yard touchdown, in the first half. Improved security: Following UCLA safety Jarrad Page’s comments last week that he was the target of racial remarks during the Bruins’ visit in 2003, WSU officials increased the security presence near the Bruins’ locker room, which is a few hundred yards away from the field. Usually, the visiting teams walks among fans to get to their locker room after the game, but WSU fenced that portion off for 15 minutes following the game. Page said there were no racial taunts, but the fans got on him for the comments he made to the Daily News. “Just a lot of stuff from the article,” Page said. “It was fine.” Page missed the WSU’s overtime drive after getting kicked in the groin, but he said he was fine. Also: Bruins sophomore fullback Michael Pitre and junior defensive end Justin Hickman served as game captains. … Pitre sat out the fourth quarter and overtime with a shoulder stinger, but he didn’t think it would keep him out next week against Oregon State. … UCLA’s rotation continued on the defensive line as redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard and true freshman Chase Moline started at defensive tackle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *