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UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel reviews the win against San Jose State.
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-- It's September 11 one day after the Bruins took down the spartans. After Rose pool here at UCLA students are doing their part to remember those lost ten years ago today. Welcome everybody was a beautiful night out at the Rose Bowl the Bruins take on the victory 2717. Over San Jose state was the first meeting ever between the two schools the Bruins continue to dominate running the football they have that 12 punch of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman they combined for 216. Yards in the defense the one that was talked about all week they stepped up big in the fourth quarter with two interceptions but the start the game it has to be Derrick Coleman a a 135 yards. All in the second half He capped it off with a 44 yard touchdown run to ice the game for the Bruins. What better way to start the shelf and breaking down the game we go inside the film room with coach Rick Neuheisel and James Washington. Wednesday's practice. You got on the team about the urgency. And how important this game was do you think it was a little carry over doing similar things. Well I I believe James that we were ready to play I believe who we -- wanted to play well. I think sometimes there's an expectation of how things are going to go. And when they don't happen maybe is easily -- maybe you thought they might. There's a little bit of trepidation as -- what are we gonna do now. And that's what we've got to breakthrough as a football team we've got to get you know stop worrying about. The expectation and just worry about the execution and the passion that you bring to the game because as I've said to him after the ball game you have to respect every opponent and you have to respect the game. Those two things are absolutely demanded of everybody who plays football. Can you comment. Give us an assessment. Of the middle part of the defense and I think you kind of struggled a little bit. Well we've improved from week one to week two but we're still not there yet we're not playing with the urgency we don't seem. -- there there's a portion of the defense where you recognized. But that happens quickly as you recall having played and number great defenses yourself when she recognized now -- go. And it's attack the block -- attack the ball carrier taking the right angles. And remembering what you're gap integrity -- gap responsibility He has and we are doing that fast enough. Yet. There's still whether it be. Inexperience. And making sure your seeing at all correctly. Or whether it be an assignment to -- In is not dead set sure on assignment. Whatever the case we've got to play faster and that's what we're gonna have to get better quickly as we get ready to play the University of Texas this next weekend. -- -- Twelve with 23 stroke. Talk about the passenger. Well it what finish crisp as it needed to be and certainly not Christmas week one. Now I'm a big past first completion percentage guy I believe you have to hit passes that they give you and there are probably at least five balls that. They gave us that we didn't execute and didn't hit so if you make. Twelve point 317 point three. You probably added 41 downs here drive which allows you to slug a little bit more which allows the field position to change which allows the time of possession change. And you have a chance now dominating game that ends up being a see saw battle. And that's what we've got to get through to the quarterbacks is that understanding of the precision of the passing game is on them and they have to trust their reads which means they have to trust their feet. As to when to move from Reed one to read too. And I'm gonna keep on it and tell these guys get it through their heads you know one of the things about our our running game it's gonna -- attract a lot of attention. From. The different teams here you could see. I'm gonna go back. When we recognize what we call a quarterback player. You see this safety right here -- this safeties keying the quarterback. And so as He sees and in any also sees the reverse coming Josh Smith. Being as fast as He is and being your guy who ran reverses for us last year he's coming down to make that play now the corner. Hasn't replaced him. The corners coming over to cover his guy and so now the middle of field's wide open and we got a chance with Nelson as Dario against the corner and we Emeka. Forty free. Now this is the touchdown. Past that. We throw Derek had gotten us down here. And now it's third down and go on Richard makes a great read here see the corner chase the -- yes and so we've got Joseph Fauria in the corner there. -- a guy who has a 102 yards six catches the previous game. It seems that you would leave that -- wide open. Well yeah. Obviously the they're not on the same page just linebacker doesn't realize that the corners in man and so they lose they lose they avoid a zone and -- found it. And big joke at the second touchdown of the year and in good colon -- city you know. Finished off to game five plays. 79 yards to close it out if this is a new Bruins. Here here's Derrick right here and it now. When we see that linebackers are hurt what we call tricking going around blocks because the quarterback is in the show now the safety again is unblocked. But if that Derrick started to Wear him out He found ways to miss that's. So if the fans. This is a an explosive. Running ten we have over ten yard run -- explosive run. And then they're in that taking that control and then we'll finish. Here in it in the late in the game we're trying to take it over this is what. People commonly refer to is the four minute portion of the -- more minute meeting. It we're not trying to score fast like two minute Foreman is what we're trying to control the clock. Control the ball in and Richard does a nice job of recognizing the defense fitness to this play and Derek does the rest. Again what's fit. Unblocked safety. It's taken it easy for anybody knows this and now you've got a hot back you feed him. And here we are with the Bears four minutes left. Here's your safety. -- watch him. Downhill we come. -- -- finish but an exclamation point. When you can control the ball like this week's -- we held the ball for eleven minutes in the fourth quarter you can control the ball like that. You're here you're tough to -- and now we got to get our passing game to be take his game knees and hit them with a high level of proficiency. Better than we did miss game and now we'll stay on the field and we'll have a nice. Formula for success you know that second half started -- it's about. Touchdowns but I always say turnovers -- touchdowns. Is a match made you have been pat defense finally start stepped it up. And we got those turnovers in that fourth quarter. -- like you said uncharacteristically. We turned the ball over and here they are in a position now to kind of capture the momentum of the game and Sean Westgate. It's right where He needs to be. To make this play. It was. Exciting for me to see fifth kind of play especially at this juncture in the game just exactly what we needed. So hopefully we did we learn and settle into our defense we can start playing with this kind of energy this kind of speed and we can become the defense that we all anticipate being. Say the biggest question mark coming into the season with the kicking game not necessarily. You know Jeff -- but place kicking extra points. You know was a big question mark well it kept Smith and -- Candidate with a great relationship over the -- with -- but you know. You get spoiled. When you have key for -- myth that Jack it was his automatic it's going to be any college football player -- kicker has been and I I I was in. A Palm Beach, Florida watching him win Alou grows award to two seasons ago. So. We have this wonderful young talent in kept math and yet. It's just been inconsistent. It's been inconsistent and obviously in last week's game against Houston. We miss a field goal missed an extra point in the final score being 38340. We can know what those four point 94 with a and because people are so passionate about college football. People bent and people say things that yes sometimes can be construed as cruel. And what. I felt was the neatest thing about the entire situation. Was the way his teammates responded to -- and believe in him and continued to encourage him and kept. Was mentally tough enough to continue to come back and work on the fundamentals that He knows and it came out in this game and when we needed him. Took the lead with the first field goal and took the lead again with the second field goal. And strive to improve. -- will rejoin us that a bit talk about Saturday's contest against the longhorns put up next. James and I continue to look back at the San Jose game and then we'll bring you heartwarming feature on how some -- players spent part of their summer stay with us.