Post by Mojave Gator on Oct 5, 2019 22:19:45 GMT -5
Washington State Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys resigned on Friday. Claeys' defense surrendered an unthinkable comeback, allowing UCLA to score 50 points in the second half to win a game that the Cougars led 49-17 in the third quarter.
Post by Mojave Gator on Oct 6, 2019 11:24:49 GMT -5
I finally finished watching the second half of UCLA-WSU. Their defense was horrible, no way to sugarcoat that, and they deserve the lion's share of the blame. Near the end of the third quarter (with 1:21 remaining), after their punter had pinned the Bruins back at the six yard line, they allowed a 94-yard touchdown pass on the first play. However, there was blame to go around. Their special teams allowed both a kickoff return and a punt return for touchdowns. Their defense also got a stop late on what should have been UCLA's last possession. UCLA turned the ball over on downs with 2:38 remaining and the Cougars leading 63-60. WSU fumbled the ball back to them on the next play, 11 seconds later, at around the WSU 25. That set up the winning score.
Not to make excuses for the defense, but with a quick strike offense like the Cougars have, sometimes their defense isn't off the field for very long before they are right back out there. There were also six turnovers by the Cougars, and the last two were killers. One set up the Bruins' winning score. When the Cougars got the ball back with 1:07 left, on the first play the quarterback was sacked from his blind side, he lost the ball and UCLA recovered. Victory formation, and the game was over. WSU never got to take a single shot downfield after they got the ball back.
Hard to believe that WSU's QB threw nine touchdown passes, and it wasn't enough.