Thursday, October 21, 2010
UCLA can't get mired in third-and-long
By Ted Miller
EUGENE, Ore. -- It's hard to believe UCLA has reinvented one of the worst passing offenses in the nation, even after a bye weekend. Moreover, starting QB Kevin Prince is out tonight against Oregon, making Richard Brehaut the starter.
So the Bruins are going to have to run the ball well. But there's no way they can run every play, so they have to throw some.
The key to sustaining drives -- and keeping the ball away from Oregon's ludicrous speed offense -- is avoiding third-and-long situations, because that's when the Bruins offense has been least effective throwing.
Consider these numbers, though they are based on Prince.
Prince has completed just 36.7 percent of his third-down passes this year and owns an efficiency rating of 51.0.
That ranks 123rd in the nation among 126 QBs with at least 20 passing attempts.
Two words: Not good.