Trouble still a'Bruin at UCLA

Originally Published: September 17, 2003
By Ted Miller | Special to
UCLA just can't seem to duck off-field problems. Starting cornerback Matt Clark was held out of the 6-3 victory against Illinois because he was belatedly ruled academically ineligible. Unless Clark can charm his professor, who gave him an incomplete, he will be out the rest of the season. Senior Keith Short will replace Clark.

The Bruins already lost starting receiver Tab Perry to academics, and cornerback Marcus Cassell and John Sciarra previously were suspended for one game for alcohol-related arrests.

  • UCLA typically has been known for high-powered offenses and soft defenses, but not this year. The Bruins scored no touchdowns and gave up five sacks against Illinois, but the defense throttled the Illini, holding them to 283 total yards and just 67 on the ground. The Bruins rank 16th in the nation in total defense but are last (117th) in total offense (just ahead of Notre Dame).

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