AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre UCLA responded with a 44-31 defeat of Washington. The 14-point Notre Dame debacle? The Bruins upset then-No. 10 California, 30-21, in their next game. So, on the heels of the 20-point Palouse fiasco last week? UCLA, the country’s most famous roller coaster this side of Coney Island’s Cyclone, gives its answer today when it visits Arizona. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA has responded well after defeats in 2007. By Brian Dohn Staff Writer TUCSON, Ariz. – The 38-point Utah embarrassment? “I told some of the guys, let’s be real with each other. We are an inconsistent football team,” UCLA senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor said. “If somebody calls us that, I’m not going to cuss them out. There’s truth in that. The first step to healing is admittance, so I’m admitting it. We’re inconsistent.” It’s the second step that can be a doozy for UCLA. UCLA’s problem isn’t admittance, it’s adhering to its much-chirped-about “1-0 every week” mantra, which is why Athletic Director Dan Guerrero turned up the heat on fifth-year coach Karl Dorrell early in the week by saying, “I will be very interested to see how we finish the season this year.” The Bruins are 5-3 overall, with losses to a couple of the not-so-good teams in the nation. Utah, Notre Dame and Washington State are a combined 7-15 against schools not located in Westwood. But the Bruins also are 4-1 and in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Games with No. 6 Arizona State, No. 4 Oregon and USC follow this foray in the desert, where the Bruins were beaten by 38 points two years ago. Taylor, as well as many of his teammates, say they have no idea why the inconsistency that has been a part of the last few seasons has turned into a full-blown epidemic, especially since it is a veteran team. “I’m going to try and figure out a solution, and the only thing I know we can do is what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve learned,” Taylor said. “You just got to work, and if it’s not working, you work harder. You put your head down and keeping working.” Much of UCLA’s problems are traced to an ineffective offense, which has been hit hard by injuries and victimized by erratic play, including dropped passes, missed blocks, poor passes, poor quarterback play and turnovers. UCLA’s turnover margin (minus-4) is tied for second-worst in the Pac-10. Quarterback Ben Olson, tailback Kahlil Bell, fullback Michael Pitre and receiver Marcus Everett (all starters) will not play today because of injury. Continuity on the offensive line is another issue. With Aleksey Lanis scheduled to start at left tackle, UCLA will have its sixth combination of starters on the offensive line in nine games, despite having only left guard Shannon Tevaga miss a start because of injury. “As an offense, we’ve just been looking at the film and watching all the missed opportunities we have had,” UCLA receiver Terrence Austin said. “You don’t really see all the missed opportunities we had when the game is played, but when you come back and watch (the film), it definitely is something you see.” Were the mistakes different in any of the losses? “No,” Austin said. “Same exact stuff.” UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said he believes the solution to playing better is to execute better in practice. “You do it bad in practice, over and over again without fixing it, it’s going to be bad in the game,” Abraham said. “We have to come out (in practice) and if something’s wrong, we have to fix it (in practice) and get it done before the game.” Prior to the losses to Utah and Washington State, effort and/or focus in practice were issues. While players said the intensity of practice was high this week, Dorrell held back on what that would mean. “We’ll see Saturday,” Dorrell said. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!