UCLA deserves to play in a bowl game.
It might be tough to convince bowl representatives – since there wasn’t one in attendance at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
The Bruins became bowl eligible, earning their sixth win in a 23-13 victory over Arizona State. The Bruins were terrific defensively as they forced six turnovers, including an interception and fumble return for touchdowns.
There’s only one thing left for the 6-5 Bruins to do to secure a bowl invitation. The crowd seemed to know just what it will take when it started chanting: “Beat ‘SC! Beat ‘SC!”
UCLA needs to beat its crosstown rival in order to play a December game.
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How bad was USC on third downs at Arizona State?
Try Washington-bad, says Freedomblogging.com.
So said Trojans coach Pete Carroll, who compared his team’s 2-of-13 effort vs. the Sun Devils to its infamous 0-of-10 vs. the Huskies on Sept. 19.
“It was like the Washington game in a sense,” Carroll said. “You don’t convert on third down, you don’t get your chances. It became a very conservative game for us. We just played off the defense.”
USC seemed to be getting better on third downs. But in the past two weeks, the Trojans are 6 of 27. They rank 106th in the nation at 32.41 percent, one spot behind … gulp … UCLA.
“We had 3-4 weeks where we improved,” Carroll said. “We have not been consistent at all.
“Third downs and the red zone are always the hardest for new quarterbacks. It’s been that way for years.”
So wait, this is a Matt Barkley thing?
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