Although an official score wasn't kept, UCLA once again looks to be anchored by their defense. While the offense also demonstrated some improvement and upside, the defense is still the knife that butters the Bruins' bread.
Kevin Prince completed eight of nine passes for 84 yards and tossed a pair of touchdown passes.
Prince hit Nelson Rosario for a 32-yard score on a beautifully thrown pass. Rosario wound up with three catches for 42 yards including his touchdown.
Prince also connected with Joseph Fauria for a 10-yard TD. Although CRN said Fauria was a little banged up from his practices earlier in the week, the tight end not only suited up on Sunday, but found the end zone as well.
The backup quarterbacks didn't exactly flourish, but were victims of dropped passes by their receivers. Richard Brehaut was three for 11 for 21 yards, and Nick Crissman completed three of six passes for 16 yards.
Projected starting wideout Taylor Embree brought down three receptions for 37 yards. Antwon Moutra also had three catches for 12 yards. Morrell Presley hauled in two receptions for 10 yards, and embattled TE Cory Harkey grabbed just one catch for 11 yards.
Except for Johnathan Franklin's nine carries for 44 yards, the overall running attack was unable to muster much of a push against the Bruins' stout defensive front. Franklin showcased the burst that earned him the starting job last season, as well as the nickname, "Jetski."
Derrick Coleman plodded for 19 yards on eight carries and Milton Knox logged five carries for just eight yards. Prince added 13 yards on five carries in a possible preview of more QB keepers to come.
As always, Kai Forbath, aka "Mr. Automatic", was solid in the kicking game. In addition to making field goals from 26 and 42 yards, Forbath was also 2-2 on PAT's, and is one component of the Bruin game that won't turn Neuheisel's blond locks gray.
Some defensive personnel found new life in 2010 after switching to new positions.
DT Nate Chandler and DT Donovan Carter played themselves into a significant role on defense after experimenting at a different position. Chandler switched sides of the ball after he played OT previously in his Bruin career, and Carter was strictly a backup at linebacker and on special teams last season.
Glenn Love was a merely an afterthought as a safety, but has really turned heads at his new position of "Will" outside linebacker.
Overall, the defensive backfield provided excellent pass defense, and created a few opportunities for the Bruins to post a few coverage sacks on the day.
All in all, the Bruin defense posted seven sacks. Defensive end Iuta Tepa led the team with two. Keenan Graham, Patrick Larimore, Datone Jones, and Jared Koster had one apiece, while David Carter and Love shared a sack.
Larimore played impressively at middle linebacker and may have taken a step ahead in the competition for that spot. As previously mentioned, CRN was rather effusive in his praise of Larimore after Sunday's scrimmage, and we'll probably hear Larimore's name get called quite a bit by coaches and sportscasters in a few months.