VIDEO: Mazzone After Nebraska

UCLA Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone talked about the offense's turnaround and what contributed to it..

On how tough the game was:
It was tough and very emotional. The kids did a great job and stayed focused. They had a lot of things on their plate this week so I was proud of them. We all were. Not just the kids, the coaching staff and everybody. You could see the emotion the first half. They were trying so hard to be good, our guys were. Finally they relaxed and just started playing football.

On what changed the offense to get them going:
"You know what, I don't know because really I just call plays. I just keep calling them and calling them and the kids work their way through it. Brett (Hundley) started to relax and play his game. Obviously I feel really good about our receiving corps and they started making some plays in the second half. That's how our offense is. We are a very rythmatic offense. We just couldn't really find a rhythm, but then finally we found our rhythm."

On scoring four touchdowns in seven minutes:
Oh really we did? No that's fun. I'll take that.

On if seven minutes was too much and wanted them faster:
No. We're proud of the kids and they did a heckuva job. I didn't realize that. We came in and basically told the kids to relax. We were going to call basic plays and just do what you guys do and keep it up. Our whole motto is "play the next play". We play. We're going to snap it once and after that play just forget about it. We're just going to call another one and live in the moment of each play. We did a nice job of that in the second half.

On if there was one thing that changed:
There really isn't because to be honest with you, we're kind of who we are. We just kind of run what we run. The thing I have to always be careful of is to over think things. Plays don't win football games, players do. My job is to get them in the right positions and to get them confident in what we're doing. Sometimes, I have these fancy plays I want to run, but I said lets just call our offense.

On the difference in the team:
This is a whole different team from last year. They're on the road and coming off an emotional week. I'm really proud of how they hung. There was never any doubt on our sideline.

On if Brett was missing some reads in the first half:
I don't know, I'll have to go back and look at the film. But here's the thing- every time we have an incomplete pass, it's a missed read. So I think he was just trying so hard to score right now, instead of just taking what was given to him. We got our running game going which always takes a little pressure off Brett. Brett starts feeling better about everything and his receivers started making plays.

On the scheme:
I think we just kind of simplified things at halftime. In terms of our scheme. Jordon and the guys did a great hob.

On the running backs:
I think all the running backs started less looking for the big play and started taking yards. Whether it was 4 yards or 3 yards instead of 40 or 50 yards, then they'd end up with minus 5 yards. You just say 3 yards is 3 yards, go get them for us Jordon. He and Paul. I'm really happy with how Malcolm came in there at the end. He's a guy who's going to help us.

On the Nebraska defense:
I think every defense we play is good. There all good. They're a good defense and they play a lot of man coverage. When you have to play man to man with your receivers, we didn't win enough in the first half and they finally we got some catch and runs.

On changing the tempo in the second half:
The faster we play, it seems we're a better football team, we're a better offense. In the first half, we had a couple of three and outs but really, there was no rhythm to us. We would try to get in a rhythm and think up and think down, then we just get the ball snapped and get in our offense.

On how big Hundley's play to avoid the sack was:
I expect that play from Brett all the time. I don't really remember the play.

On the field goal being taken off:
Maybe they should do that to us every week. The first one, even if its good, just take it off the board.

On the 55-yard attempt at end of half starting things:
It seemed like our kids started. Coach Mora walked in the last drive and came in smiling, ok guys, everybody smile, everybody stop and just breathe. That's how it felt, like we were holding our breath for a quarter and a half. All of our kids. They were kind of lighting things up.

On his relationship with Nick Pasquale:
I was his coach. An awesome kid. He was a pretty special kid. A special young man. He was very, just an impressive young man and important to this group of coaches and players.


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