Bruins resort to trickery trounce Houston for 3-0 start
By Gary Montgomery
Pasadena – Sporting their new national ranking for the first time, the number 22 ranked Bruins didn’t look nervous at all. In fact, the Bruins’ looked as if they are intent on moving up another couple of notches. After losing the coin toss and kicking off to the Cougars, the UCLA defense allowed Houston only two plays before UCLA linebacker Eric Kendrick’s picked up a Houston fumble and raced 23 yard to give the Bruins’ a 7-0 lead with only 0.16 seconds elapsed in the game. After trading several series of three and out drives, UCLA finally got its no huddle offense on track. Red shirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley engineered a 16 play drive culminating with a 7 yard touchdown pass to Datone Jones to push the Bruins’ lead to 14-0 and taking irreversible control of the game.
Datone Jones scored his first collegiate touchdown on the play. Jones is the Bruins’ Left Defensive End. The 6’4”, 275 senior from Compton is one of UCLA’s top defenders. Jones switched his #56 jersey to an eligible number for offense and lined up at tight end. “We have a short yardage package where we line Datone up at the tight end position. He made a really tough catch tonight,” said UCLA head coach Jim Mora.
Saturday’s win over Houston gets UCLA out of the gate to another great 3-0 start, normally a reason for celebration. But, the Bruins for good reason are exercising extreme caution. UCLA has started the season 3-0 twice before during the past 7 years. Each of those previous starts has ended badly. In 08 UCLA opened the season with an upset wing at Tennessee and then lost 5 of their next 6 games.
The 2011 Bruin team is keenly aware of this history and finally might have all of the right pieces to avoid the painful meltdown as previous teams. The Bruins’ offense is averaging almost 600 yards per game. Running back Jonathan Franklin is in the top 10 nationally in rushing with 541-yards total and quarterback Brett Hundley has 827 yards passing and 6 touchdowns and most important of all, The Bruins’ defense is playing at a level not seen in any of those previous years.
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Photo by Eric Wade, BVN Staff CELEBRATION – UCLA’s senior defensive end, Datone Jones celebrates with Cassius Marsh after scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a 7-yard from Brett Hundley. Jones changed his uniform number and lined up at the tight end position. UCLA beat Houston 37-3.
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