UCLA survived its past two games without a running attack, and beat Washington despite allowing 213 rushing yards to one of the Pacific-10 Conference’s worst running teams. But when No. 10 California visits the 20th-ranked Bruins on Saturday, UCLA’s play at the line of scrimmage – offensively and defensively – will have to be much improved to have a chance for its first victory over a top 10 team since 2001. The Bears possess one of the top running games in the country, and arguably the conference’s best secondary, which will put a premium on UCLA running the ball. “(Cal) is a very good football team that is sound across the board, so it’s going to come down to blocking, tackling,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “It’s going to come down to getting those things corrected and playing with the effort that is needed, and playing smart. They will expose you if you’re not ready to play.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Cal coach Jeff Tedford’s ability to produce NFL quarterbacks is widely publicized, but the Bears’ staple as of late is the running game. A year ago, former Cal standout J.J. Arrington (College of the Canyons) ran for 2,018 yards last season, and now Cal is proving it doesn’t matter who carries the ball behind a physical offensive line. In three games, the Bears had three players – starter Marshawn Lynch, backup Justin Forsett and third-stringer Marcus O’Keith – each rush for 100 yards. When Lynch was out with a broken finger, Forsett ran for 187 yards against Illinois and 235 against New Mexico State. In fact, a Cal running back rushed for at least 100 yards in the past 17 games, dating back to the 2003 Insight Bowl, and the Bears are 22-4 under Tedford when a back breaks the 100-yard barrier. Cal also ranks seventh in the nation in rushing at 259.4 yards per game. Furthermore, UCLA’s run defense is suspect. The Bruins rank 91st nationally and eighth in the Pac-10 at 179.5 yards per game, and allowed Washington to double its average with 213 yards on the ground. UCLA is without two starting defensive linemen – tackle Kevin Brown (ankle) and end Nikola Dragovic (knee), who are both done for the season – but defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said the biggest issue is missed tackles. The Bruins’ weekly goal is to have less than five missed tackles. They had a whopping 12 against the Huskies. “They had two big runs,” Kerr said. “One was the 20-yard run for a touchdown, and a (UCLA player) got out of his gap and cut off another guy. We’re right there. We had an unblocked guy right there but we don’t finish the play. “Then on the (49-yard) run in the second half, that’s a 2-yard loss but we miss a tackle in the backfield, and then everyone else is locked down and a guy hits a seam and goes. And that happens in eight-man front football.” The Bruins shut down Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson, who gained 58 yards on 23 carries, but that was against a one-dimensional offense. Cal has more balance with quarterback Joe Ayoob, although he has struggled at times. Ayoob is 31 of 46 for 421 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games, but the focus is on the Bears’ running game. “We’ve got to have the same mentality that we had against Adrian Peterson,” Kerr said. “We have to make (Lynch) go sideways. If they run downhill on us, they’ll kick the crap out of us because that’s what they want to do. They want to line up and just mash us, and they think they can. They’ll be physical, but I guarantee you one thing, we will match it.” Offensively, controlling the line of scrimmage will allow UCLA to keep the ball away from Cal, but the Bruins will need to show a marked improvement. After averaging 222 rushing yards the first two games, the Bruins ran for a combined 148 yards in the past two. “It’s all mental mistakes. There are no physical mistakes,” UCLA strong-side guard Shannon Tevaga said. “It’s hitting the wrong guy. It’s two guys hitting the same guy and leaving another free. It’s going to be fixed. It has to be fixed. We’ve got the, ‘How to block,’ it’s the ‘Who?’ It’s getting into your playbook more, learn the (defensive) front better. It’s more studying, more preparation.” Bruins tailback Maurice Drew, who was limited to 33 yards by Washington, had another reason for UCLA’s lackluster running game. “Me,” said Drew, who has a team-leading 311 yards rushing. “The last two games, I haven’t been making the right reads to get the running game going. It’s going to be tough to get it back against this defense, but we have to try. You have to go out and run the ball against them. Otherwise, you’re going to crush yourself.” The lack of confidence in the running game forced offensive coordinator Tom Cable to abandon it against Washington. UCLA ran 25 times and threw 44 passes against the Huskies. “Cal is by far the best team that we’ll face thus far, in any way, shape or form; most physical, most talented,” Cable said. “But I’ve said this earlier; you cannot win games like this, or big games in this conference, without having some balance and the physical presence along with it.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Nov 5, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Whether its an entry level Facebook jobs, or a position fit for an experienced professional at Kaiser Permanente or Salesforce, there’s always exciting new MBA jobs out there. Check out this weeks picks below, and apply for your dream job today! Don’t forget that we post new MBA job just like this every week on MetroMBA:Project Manager – FacebookAs part of its MBA University Graduate Program, Facebook is hiring an upcoming MBA grad to the position of Project Manager of Community Operations Safety at the social media company’s Mountain View, CA office. The Community Operations Safety Team helps create a safe atmosphere for Facebook and Instagram users through support and education. Project Managers strategically drive the team and the various projects it conducts. New hires must have an MBA degree obtained by August 2019 and three or more years of work experience in role involving strategic and analytical initiatives. Activities of the Project Manager include:Creating scalable policies and processes to solve complex business problemsApplying expertise to care for usersPartnering with Policy, Engineering and Security teams to identify, influence, and improve the supportUsing analysis and impact metrics to develop new strategies to increase operational efficiency and improve user experienceCheckout Facebook’s careers page to see more jobs.Consulting & Execution Manager – PfizerPfizer is hiring a new Consulting & Execution Manager at its New York City office. This manager is responsible for global and U.S. regional operational management consulting projects, and will provide project management and leadership to project teams. Three or more years management consulting experience is necessary and an MBA degree or other advanced degree is preferred.Responsibilities of the Consulting & Execution Manager include:Managing day-to-day execution of projects from planning through implementationDeveloping a project plan, conducting interviews, facilitating workshops, collecting and analyzing dataRestructuring components of a client’s business, developing and implementing new operating modelsImproving business processes and building new capabilitiesSee this job, and many more, at Pfizer’s careers page.Analytics Strategy Lead – General MotorsGeneral Motors has an open Analytics Strategy Lead position at its Detroit office. The Analytics Business Lead will help develop data-driven insights to enable strategic and operational decisions making. Working closely with business operations teams, the new hire will ensure that these insights get adopted and plugged into operational systems. Seven to ten years experience in translating business needs into data requirements, turning data into compelling stories, and completing the full cycle from data to measurable outcomes is required, as is an MBA from a prominent university.Other responsibilities of the Analytics Business Lead include:Leading business partners through analysis and influencing the business to take actionEstablishing a framework to measure success, implement recommendations, and monitor results until they are finalizedHelping operationalize analytical solutions to support best-in-class data & analytics across the organizationWorking with partners to adopt self-service analytical toolsVisit the General Motors careers page to see more job openings.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: MBA Job Recruiters: General MotorsManagerial Consultant – Kaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente is hiring a new Managerial Consultant at its Pasadena, CA office. The Managerial Consultant scopes, develop, and manages teams of complex analytical programs and projects. The new hire will provide high quality and cost effective project management, management consulting, and technical expertise. A minimum of five years of experience in one of the technical areas required, and an MBA is preferred.Other major responsibilities of the Managerial Consultant include:Defining and directing analysis, structures recommendations and deliverables to decision making executivesCreating a team environment, managing conflict and building a collaborative environmentFacilitating client relations, creating formal client communications and effectively facilitating meetings with executivesCoaching and mentoring staff to identify developmental opportunitiesSee more jobs like this at Kaiser Permanente careers page.Global Business Delivery Operations Lead – SalesforceSalesforce’s Global Business Delivery team is hiring a Global Operations Lead to manage a teams of outsourced and shared services employees. This team is focused on operations management, process improvement, transition management, technology and system implementations, and operational/executive reporting. Seven or more years of professional Global Operations experience with focus on Sales and/or Marketing Operations processes is required, and an MBA in Finance is preferred.Job responsibilities of the Global Operations Lead include:Acting as a day-to-day escalation point for all supported business unitsEnsuring the execution of SLAs, customer satisfaction and metrics for supported processesPreparing operational/executive weekly/monthly/ad-hoc reportsIdentifying and prioritize continuous improvement and “innovations” suggestions brought forwardSalesforce posts this job, and many others, on its careers page. New MBA Jobs: Facebook, Pfizer, GM and More RelatedNew MBA Jobs at Five Tech GiantsAs the line between business and information technology industries continues to blur, more and more professionals are looking to business schools and MBA programs to get them into the tech industry. 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