Saturday, September 4, 2010
UCLA falls 31-22 at Kansas State
By Ted Miller
Not hard to see where things went wrong for UCLA: The Bruins defense couldn't stop Daniel Thomas.
The Kansas State running back rolled up 234 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns in a 31-22 win.
When your running back is averaging 8.4 yards per carry, you can get away with passing for only 67 yards.
The good news is the offensive line held up fairly well -- see 193 yards rushing. The bad news, other than the run defense, is QB Kevin Prince completing just 9 of 26 passes with two picks. Of course, that's what happens when a QB sits out most of fall camp with a back problem.
It's not unreasonable to believe Prince will shake off the rust and play better in the weeks ahead. The problem for UCLA is things don't get any easier. Next week, the Bruins play host to Stanford. Then it's Houston and Texas on consecutive weekends.
In other words, UCLA needs to find some answers quickly if it doesn't want to live up to its predicted eighth-place finish in the Pac-10.