UCLA seeking improvement on defense after high-scoring win
By DAN GREENSPAN
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Although the euphoria from UCLA’s 34-point comeback victory over Texas A&M is still resonating around Westwood, Bruins defensive coordinator Tom Bradley feels the season opener also indicated room for improvement.
The first chance to show it arrives today, in a game against the University of Hawaii at the Rose Bowl.
“We have to fix it. We don’t have much choice,” Bradley said of a group that allowed 471 yards in a 45-44 win on Sunday.
Playing on Sunday gives the Bruins one day less than usual to address their issues.
“A lot of work, a lot of guys staying up late trying to catch up, to play catch-up constantly with game plans and cards and scout-team stuff that has to be done,” Bradley said. “It’s not easy, but our guys have adapted well.”
In the win over Texas A&M, Josh Rosen passed for 491 yards and four touchdowns.
“They’re going to have how much juice after a record comeback?” UH coach Nick Rolovich said on the school’s athletics website. “This is an incredible challenge.”
Hawaii (2-0) beat Western Carolina 41-18 last week for its fifth win in a row. Extending the streak to six — and improving to 3-0 for the first time since the 2007 season, which ended with a Sugar Bowl trip — will mean winning on the Mainland against a Pac-12 team for the first time since a victory at Washington State in 2009.
The Rainbow Warriors have lost 10 of their last 12 meetings with Pac-12 opponents.
“We didn’t sign up to play UCLA because it’s impossible. Nothing’s impossible,” UH linebacker Jahlani Tavai said. “We’ve got to understand that they’re just a bunch of players like we are.”
Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown against the Catamounts, and Dylan Collie had seven receptions for 104 yards and a score.
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