Kevin Prince's three interceptions in his first seven passing attempts were the story of the game, as all three led to Texas touchdowns. Richard Brehaut relieved and kind of got the Bruins back into the game, but it was mostly by handing off the ball. He passed for only 150 yards in three quarters and did not have a passing touchdown for the first time this season.
At times, the Bruins were unstoppable on the ground, but other times, they were stuffed for little or no gain. Derrick Coleman shined once again with 47 yards in seven carries, but nearly half of UCLA's 141 yards rushing came on three big plays (27, 21 and 19 yard runs). Without those plays, UCLA averaged 2.4 yards a carry.
IN THE TRENCHES
The offensive front five had its least productive game of the season as the pass protections seemed to break down regularly and UCLA quarterbacks had to scramble. The two-game sackless streak came to an end and the Bruins were more than 100 yards under their season rushing average. The defensive line got more push than it has the first two games, but still isn't finishing off tackles.
The underachieving defense had its worst game of the year, giving up season highs of 488 total yards and 49 points. Missed tackles were again the culprit, with the Bruins unable to get ball carriers to the ground on first contact, but the Bruins inexplicably left Texas receivers uncovered several times, too. In the first three quarters, Texas converted nine of 11 third downs.
It was the Jeff Locke show out there for the Bruins as he made field goals of 51 and 49 yards on his first two career attempts. He also averaged 48.8 yards per punt -- 16 yards better than last week. Josh Smith also had a nice game returning kicks with 115 yards on four returns. He was so good Texas stopped kicking to him.
The decision to start Prince clearly went awry, as did the plan of grinding out yardage with the running game after Prince's three interceptions. Questionable play calling in the third quarter (no Coleman on fourth and 1?) thwarted the comeback bid. Defensively, the Bruins seemed to be in the wrong places at the wrong times on a regular basis and unprepared for the Texas offense.