19.8 – First downs per game for the Bruins last year
When a team can’t sustain a drive, it makes it difficult to score and in turn, win games. This lack of ball movement explains why the Bruins had the second most punts (73) in the PAC-12 last year.
Much of this was due to the fact that UCLA struggled mightily to move the ball on the ground. Couple that with Josh Rosen’s injury, and it’s no wonder the Bruins’ ranked 10th in the PAC-12 in first downs per game.
This year with a healthy Rosen and a “surely can’t be worse” rushing attack, I expect the Bruins to do better in this department.