LOS ANGELES -- The Bruins are cleaning things up, so to speak.
Wednesday marked the first day that UCLA played with a full officiating crew. The Bruins ran 144 plays and received only one penalty on a snap, something coach Jim Mora was encouraged by. But the practice was far from perfect, as Mora admittedly said there were far more pre-snap penalties issued.
And the issue itself is one that the Bruins will need to see significant improvements made, as they were the most penalized team in the Pac-12 last season, coughing up 91.5 yards per game to their opponents. Penalties against Stanford both the regular season and the Pac-12 Championship game proved to be turning points in tight games.
"I asked them to call it tight, which I think they did," Mora said. "Those are things that are going to hold a team back unless you address them, and so we are. That's why we're bringing the officials out here."
Mora pointed mostly to the freshmen and redshirts and felt it was simply their ine...