Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Night Reviews

The UCLA Bruins returned to the winner's circle Saturday with a one-sided 45-23 victory over Colorado at the Rose Bowl. The win ended a two-game losing streak--the losses coming on the road at Stanford and Oregon--and put Coach Jim Mora's team back in the running for the Pac-12's South Division championship.
UCLA has four games left in the regular season--against Arizona this Saturday, and then afterward versus Stanford, Washington and USC. If the Bruins should win all four they would  represent the South Division in the conference championship in December. The victor of that game earns a trip to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
For the Bruins, the toughest of their final four games may be against USC at the Coliseum, a stadium where they have not played well in recent years.
The Trojans played their best game of the season against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvalis, where they had not won since 2004. Interim Coach Ed Orgeron's record since taking over for Lane Kiffin, who was fired over a month ago, is 3-1, and if  two field goals were made instead of missed in a loss against Notre Dame, Orgerson would be 4-0.
The Trojans went into Reser Stadium against the Beavers as a 6-point underdog, but its running game quickly got into gear, producing more than 200 yards rushing, most of those by sophomore Javorius Allen, who scored three touchdowns in  a  31-14 win. USC visits California this weekend at Berekely.


add Pac-12: The conference's money game this week is No. 6 Stanford playing host to No. 2 Oregon at Palo Alto. The Ducks, who have been cruising along all season enroute to an 8-0 record, face their strongest opponent, outside of the BCS playoffs, and a solid win should solidify their chances to play in the national champioship at the Rose Bowl. Stanford has one loss--against Utah last month at Salt Lake City--and another loss would end the Cardinal's chances of winning the North Division.


add  coaches: Former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell is now the quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Houston Texans. Dorrell was hired to replace Bob Toledo and started his first season by winning eight straight games. As his tenor at Westwood went on, though, the losses began to outnumber the wins and Dorrell was fired, with  Rick Neuheisel eventually filling his position.

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