On razor-thin margins of one point in January and fivethis time, the Bruins
hold first place in the Pac-10 by 1 1/2 games.
UCLA has become irrelevant,'' UCLA Daily Bruin
sports columnist Gilbert Quinonez wrote this week.
Football fever has hit an all-time high in the greatest crosstown rivalry in college football as the UCLA Bruins
and USC Trojans prepare to meet for the 75th time Saturday to decide the Championship of Los Angeles.
As for Oregon State, the Beavers' defensive effort was so deplorable the Bruins
looked like they were playing in the Say No (to defense) summer league.
Mbah a Moute scored on a feed from Collison, and then began his barrage of offensive rebounds and putbacks to give the Bruins
a 27-18 lead with 10:15 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore Alfred Aboya will also get plenty of minutes, but foul trouble could cause the Bruins
to use sophomore Ryan Wright, who remains talented but raw.
This is exciting to be able to play games like this,'' Bruins
offensive tackle Noah Sutherland said.
returner Terrence Austin muffed a punt at midfield, which was recovered by Stanford's David Lofton.
We're here, and we feel like we're supposed to be here,'' Bruins
guard Arron Afflalo said.
He matched a career-high with 17 points, and helped the Bruins
control the boards and also was strong defending LSU's Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis.
USC guards punished the Bruins
off the dribble, and not even steady defenders Cedric Bozeman or Afflalo were immune to it, particularly after UCLA built a 38-32 lead early in the second half.
The young and hobbled Bruins
, flummoxed by the combination of Cal's tenacious defense and ultra-patient offense, couldn't make enough big plays down the stretch as the Golden Bears took advantage to earn a surprising 68-61 victory over the Bruins
in front of 10,129 at Pauley Pavilion.
In fact, Wagner looked downright comfortable in pushing the 12th-ranked Bruins
around in their own gym for most of the night.
will play to get back the magic they had when they were 8-0 and No.
(8-1, 5-1 Pac-10) are tied with Oregon for second place, but the teams do not play this season.