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Monday, September 22, 2008
UCLA's ground game takes a (baby) step, won't face Fresno's best DL

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Let's see if we can write something that has a positive spin for UCLA.

It won't be easy.  

UCLA entered its game with Arizona ranked last in the nation in running with an embarrassing 19 yards per game (0.8 per carry) and a season-long run of seven yards.

After rushing for 115 yards against the Wildcats, the Bruins moved up two clicks to 117th (51 yards per game, 2.04 yards per carry).

And Chane Moline's 40-yard run in the 31-10 defeat even gave them a respectable big play from the ground game. 

So there's a bright side to not scoring a TD in eight quarters.

Of course, we're not going to mention that the Bruins rank 117th in total offense (241 yards per game) and 114th in scoring (12.33 ppg), or that now the brunt of the blame is being heaped on QB Kevin Craft, who remains the starter but probably owns a precarious hold on the job.

A couple items might help the Bruins run the ball against Fresno State this weekend. One, the Bulldogs will be without their best defensive lineman, Jon Monga (doesn't that name just say defensive lineman? "Monga want to eat QB! Feed Monga!).

Second, senior RB Kahlil Bell is expected to play for the first time since getting hurt early against Tennessee.

More changes could be ahead for the offensive line, though, with freshman Jeff Baca replacing junior Micah Kia.