Chip Kelly concedes UCLA secondary ought to have tightened protection throughout loss

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18, 2021:Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener (9) eludes the oncoming rush of UCLA Bruins linebacker Bo Calvert (33) at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2021 in Pasadena, California.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener eludes the oncoming rush of UCLA linebacker Bo Calvert on the Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Occasions)

On UCLA’s last defensive play, three defensive backs positioned themselves nearly as near followers sitting behind the tip zone as the road of scrimmage.

Jay Shaw hovered across the purpose line. DJ Warnell stood on the one-yard line. Kenny Churchwell III lingered between the one and the 2.

When Fresno State snapped the ball from the 13-yard line to quarterback Jake Haener, Shaw and Churchwell retreated a number of yards into the tip zone.

Haener eyed the out there actual property and fired a cross to Jalen Cropper in the proper nook of the tip zone for the go-ahead landing within the Bulldogs’ 40-37 victory Saturday on the Rose Bowl.

Cropper beat cornerback Mo Osling III, who was close to the road of scrimmage on the snap, with Shaw unable to supply assist after having run himself out of the play.

It was nearly an actual repeat of the 19-yard landing cross Haener had thrown minutes earlier whereas dealing with a equally comfortable defensive alignment.

Whether or not it performed man or zone protection, held a lead or was coming from behind, UCLA gave out extra cushions than a mattress retailer internet hosting a free pillow promotion. Defensive backs routinely performed 5 or 10 yards — typically extra — off the road of scrimmage.

Haener thanked the Bruins by throwing for 455 yards and two touchdowns, his last 5 completions coming after absorbing a success that made him maintain his hip in anguish between performs.

In a uncommon admission of fault, UCLA coach Chip Kelly appeared to acknowledge Monday that his crew mustn’t have ceded a lot territory to the Bulldogs receivers.

“Yeah, we have been off a bit bit,” Kelly stated, “I feel making an attempt to maintain the ball in entrance of us, rally up and make tackles, so we have to tighten that up this week.”

Kelly stated his crew gave up smaller cushions within the second half, although it actually didn’t with the sport on the road.

It is an ongoing challenge for a secondary that ranks No. 126 nationally in passing yards allowed (342.7 per recreation) and figures to be examined once more Saturday towards Stanford’s Tanner McKee, the previous Corona Centennial Excessive star who has guided the Cardinal to back-to-back wins since being anointed the beginning quarterback.

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener extends his arm to UCLA linebacker Bo Calvert as he scampers for extra yardage.

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener extends his arm to UCLA linebacker Bo Calvert as he scampers for further yardage within the first half on the Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Occasions)

Vaccination requirement

A Metropolis of Pasadena spokeswoman stated a vaccination requirement for mega occasions, together with UCLA soccer video games on the Rose Bowl, would greater than doubtless begin after Oct. 9, that means that if carried out, it could go into impact for the Bruins’ recreation towards Oregon on Oct. 23.

Dr. Ying Ying Goh, a Pasadena well being officer, is scheduled to supply a COVID-19 replace to the Metropolis Council on Sept. 27 that’s anticipated to incorporate a suggestion to require proof of vaccination at mega occasions, in accordance with metropolis spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

UCLA introduced final weekend that it could require proof of vaccination or a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at inside 72 hours of the beginning of all indoor athletic occasions for all followers ages 3 and older by way of no less than Nov. 1. UCLA soccer followers headed to the sport towards Stanford on Saturday will face related necessities at Stanford Stadium.

Followers attending the Bruins’ subsequent house recreation, towards Arizona State on Oct. 2, should not anticipated to be required to indicate proof of vaccination.

The Los Angeles County board of supervisors final week handed a vaccination requirement at occasions attended by greater than 10,000 individuals, however Pasadena shouldn’t be topic to the order as a result of it has its personal division of well being.

And many others.

Kelly stated no injured gamers had been dominated out for Stanford, however the prospects do not look good for Mike Martinez. The tight finish had his left foot in a strolling boot whereas shifting across the observe subject in a scooter. Defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia and security Quentin Lake additionally didn’t take part within the portion of observe open to the media. … Working again Zach Charbonnet bought solely six carries towards Fresno State, Kelly stated, as a result of the Bruins’ early deficit compelled them to throw greater than they anticipated. … Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson stated his fumble was attributable to speeding his throw with a slippery soccer. “The grass was fairly moist on the sector,” Thompson-Robinson stated, “so I do not know if the ref, or whoever it was, was rolling the ball round a bit bit earlier than the snap, however after I bought it, it was fairly moist. We additionally had a miscommunication with the safety, I needed to throw scorching, needed to get the ball out quick. When you could have a moist ball and you do not actually anticipate it, unhealthy issues occur.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.


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