Saturday, November 12, 2011
Grades: Utah 31, UCLA 6
By Peter Yoon
Kevin Prince connected on a couple of big gains to Joe Fauria and one to Shaquelle Evans, but for the most part was ineffective. He completed 12-of-24 passes for 146 yards and two interceptions. He and the receivers were also clearly out of sync on several pass attempts.
UCLA's 149 yards rushing were the most against Utah since Oct. 1, but the Bruins need to do more in order for their offense to succeed. Johnathan Franklin had 89 yards, but had trouble getting into space. The Utes really clamped down on Prince, who had only 10 yards after gaining 224 the last two games.
IN THE TRENCHES
Not a good day for the offensive linemen as the Bruins committed five false start penalties and a holding. they also gave up three sacks and couldn't clear holes for the UCLA running game. The defensive front reverted to it's porous ways, getting pushed off the line as Utah had its way running the ball.
It was a tale of two halves for the defense, which held Utah to 75 total yards in the first half, but simply wore down in the second. Missed tackles among the front seven allowed Utah to rush for 224 yards, 154 in the second half. The Utes had only 67 yards passing, but only attempted 13 passes.
Not the best day for punter Jeff Locke, who has been a stalwart most of this season. He averaged only 39 yards per punt. The kick return game also faltered with Josh Smith unable to find his footing most of the game. Tyler Gonzalez provided all the UCLA scoring with two field goals, but he also missed from 47 yards.
The offense had no answer when it became clear that the run game wasn't going to be as effective as it needed to be. The Bruins showed little urgency during a fourth quarter drive when the game was still in reach and kicked a field goal trailing 21-3 with 13:12 to play. Defensively, the Bruins couldn't adjust to stop the run even though Utah showed little threat of throwing the ball.