UCLA Football: Was UCLA's Offense Playing Peek-a-Boo Against Houston?

Michael TierneyAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2012

September 15, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Jordan Payton (10) misses catchng a pass against the defense of Houston Cougars linebacker Everett Daniels (54) during the game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
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What a difference a week can make.

The Bruins looked sharp against a tough Nebraska and sloppy versus an "easy" Houston.

The Bruins punked the then-No.16 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second game of the year. Then, UCLA's offense looked like the Keystone Cops against Houston, in their own backyard, only one week later.

Did UCLA play inspired football to match Nebraska and play down to Houston's competition? And, which offense can we expect to see against Oregon State on Saturday?

Let's start with UCLA's offensive line. There were too many penalties. The false starts are inexcusable, specifically by Torian White. Come on, Mr. White, you know the count. The holding calls will stop any offense. It was just a lack of focus on the offensive line.

But we can't give all the blame to the O-line. The field general is the man running the show. Even though he is very young, Brett Hundley just didn't have the same confidence that he showed against Nebraska. He stared down his receivers like they were Hooter's waitresses.

Hundley threw two interceptions. Recall that he had zero INT's against a better Nebraska defense. UCLA is lucky they only had two interceptions. Their swing-route passes could have been pick-sixes all day long. 

It isn't all Hundley's fault. There was just too much butter on the receiver's hands. They will need to wash them before the game in this week's matchup against the Beavers.

The running backs need to step it up too. How can they have 344 yards against a very tough Nebraska and then take the week off by gaining only 247 yards against a lousy Houston?

They keyed on Franklin, you say? So, run them over. He is Johnathan Franklin for God's sake! And that starts with the O-line and their run-blocking.

Three fumbles? I guess nothing more really needs to be said about that. 

Coach Noel Mazzone—you need to take a lesson from Lou Spanos on second-half adjustments.

The red-zone play-calling was questionable to say the least. And since Houston had some success with their aggressive linebackers, who thinks other teams will employ the same tactic? Perhaps coach Mazzone should employ some plays that negate that?

Oh sure, the Sons of Westwood beat Houston 37 to 6. Big deal. I predicted the Bruins would score 66 points. A post-Nebraska letdown? I doubt it.

Is this article being too hard on the Bruin's offense? Perhaps, but the Bruins are a lot better of a team than they have shown a few years now.

Hockey puck! UCLA left too many points on the field.

We should expect more. This is one of the best teams in the Pac-12. This is the historic UCLA. It is world-renowned. They should play outstanding football every week.

The UCLA Bruins need to get back to being Bruins when the Beavers come to the Rose Bowl.