UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone called an extremely predictable and vanilla game plan tonight. The Bruins virtually ran the same four plays for the entire night.
Now, there are some reasons for why that may be. It's no secret that Brett Hundley right now is struggling immensely. The condensed playbook may have been in order to compensate for Hundley's recent issues. It also could be a fact that Mazzone doesn't fully trust Hundley to throw the ball down the field.
Also, UCLA played with three true freshmen starting on the offensive line. It might have been a case where Mazzone didn't want to overload the young unit with a sophisticated scheme on the road in a hostile environment.
The fact remains that Mazzone never adjusted to Oregon's defense. Oregon began loading up the box in order to stop the run. The middle of the field was open and was ripe for slants and crossing routes. Those seemingly never came, and UCLA resorted to running the same zone-read play into the teeth of the Ducks defense.
High-percentage throws in the way of screens could have been attempted. Even the sheer threat of throwing the ball down the field was absent. Oregon knew that UCLA was unlikely to attempt a pass beyond 10 yards, and its defensive alignments showed a disregard for the Bruins ability to push the ball downfield.