LOS ANGELES – UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos was named the Athlon Sports Pac-12 Coordinator of the Week, the website announced. Spanos earns the award on the heels of an impressive, 34-27, UCLA victory over Utah this past weekend.
The Bruins went into a hostile environment and returned home still unbeaten due to extraordinary performance by the defense. Spanos' defense had Utah quarterback Travis Wilson solved from the opening kickoff. UCLA forced six turnovers, registered three sacks and held an offense averaging over 500 yards per and 42 points per game to just 387 yards and 20 offensive points.
But maybe the most critical performance came on third downs, where the Bruins held Utah to just 2-of -13. This unit has star power and could quickly develop into an elite defense should the young players continue to hold their own.
UCLA will return to the field when it faces off against Cal on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rose Bowl. ESPN2 will air the contest as Mike Patrick will have the call and be joined by Ed Cunningham in the booth and Jeannine Edwards on the sideline.