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Battered UCLA football team vows to keep fighting after rout

By in Press Enterprise on October 29, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

SEATTLE >> Osa Odighizuwa scooped up the ball and ran as fast his 285-pound body could move. UCLA was already getting blown out and the defensive lineman’s 51-yard fumble recovery with 2:07 left wouldn’t change the outcome of Washington’s win over the Bruins on Saturday at Husky Stadium, but Odighizuwa wasn’t slowing down.

He was going to fight.

“You can sense when a team feels defeated or dejected and I did not ever feel that from our defense at all, so that’s a positive,” head coach Jim Mora said after UCLA’s 44-23 loss to No. 12 Washington on Saturday. “I think they’re really starting to believe in what they’re doing and I think you’ll see them continue to get better.”

With the worst rushing defense in the country and their star quarterback picking up an injury against the Huskies, the Bruins (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) have little else to do but hang on to their fleeting moments of success and hope to cobble a few more together with four regular-season games left. They have a short turnaround for another road game Friday against Utah.

“I know my teammates and the coaching staff, they’re not going to quit or ever give in so that’s all we can do,” wide receiver Darren Andrews said. “Keep chipping away, keep chipping away and eventually that’s going to click for us and we can’t sulk.”

Andrews moved into a tie for fourth in UCLA’s all-time receptions list Saturday. His 159 career catches are tied with Danny Farmer.

The redshirt senior from Bishop Amat had a team-high 73 receiving yards on eight catches as the Bruins struggled against a Washington defense that leads the country in fewest yards allowed per play. Quarterback Josh Rosen left the game in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and will be evaluated further this week, Mora […]    

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