Last year’s 43-17 loss to the Cal Golden Bears has stuck with UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora to this day. Cal was 1-4 at the time, and UCLA was ranked twenty-fifth in the nation. Cal quarterback Zach Maynard torched the Bruins for four touchdowns through the air, finishing the game with 295 yards passing and only five incompletions.
With a rematch between the two schools slated for this Saturday, Mora spoke about what he learned from that loss:
What I remember is, I did a poor job getting this team prepared mentally and emotionally to play a football game against a really good team on the road, and we paid dearly for it. They took it to us every way you could. We learned a really, really difficult lesson. But an important lesson. Every week you have to be dialed in to the opponent you are playing. You have to be mentally and emotionally ready to play (ESPN).
The year’s game between the two Pac-12 schools has a similar feel. Cal is once again 1-4, though to their credit they’ve played one of the toughest schedules in the country. UCLA, on the other hand, is undefeated and has one of the best quarterbacks in the conference in Brett Hundley.
The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on ESPN2.