UCLA falters against Cal 43-17

Associated Press Published: October 7, 2012
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was upset with some of the passes he threw.

Coach Jim Mora was a bit more diplomatic and felt the blame should have been more spread out to others inside the locker room, including himself.

Suffice it to say there was plenty to go around after a mistake-filled night cost the No. 25 Bruins a chance to enhance their position behind first-place Arizona State in the Pac-12 South standings.

Hundley completed a season-high 31 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was also intercepted four times, part of six turnovers by UCLA in its 43-17 loss to California on Saturday night.

"We've got to make tackles and we've got to cover them," Mora said after the Bruins committed 12 penalties and gave up nearly 500 yards of offense.

"But part of the responsibility of a head coach is to help them out. I don't think I did a very good job with that tonight."

Not much went right for UCLA.

The Bruins intercepted Zach Maynard's first pass of the game then allowed the California quarterback to pick apart the defense the rest of the night.

Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes, added a fifth on the ground and repeatedly picked himself up off the turf at Memorial Stadium after getting drilled by the Bruins defense to help the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) end their three-game losing streak.

Hundley, the redshirt freshman who has looked strong running UCLA's spread offense, never found his rhythm.

He passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns, but couldn't prevent the Bruins from remaining winless at Memorial Stadium since 1998. Three of the interceptions were by Bears cornerback Kameron Jackson.

"Just stuff didn't bounce our way," Hundley said. "There are always tough moments in games and we've got to be able to respond back to it. There was a lot of pressure, but I could do better going through my mind reads."

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 103 yards for UCLA, which lost for the second time in three games and is likely to fall out of the rankings again.

By beating the Bruins (4-2, 1-2) at home for the seventh straight time, the Bears might have also decreased some of the pressure on coach Jeff Tedford.

Tedford had come under criticism from some alumni and boosters recently over the team's poor start.

Maynard, who completed only 9 of 28 passes in last week's loss to Arizona State, was almost flawless against UCLA. He completed 13 consecutive throws during one stretch in the second half and finished 25 of 30 for 295 yards.

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