Losing to Arizona State hurt. Losing any chance at the Pac-12 South title hurt worse. But the worst hurt of all for UCLA might be that Saturday's loss also handed the Bruins' banged-up offensive line another major injury headache -- just before UCLA's annual grudge match with USC.
Jim Mora and the Bruins announced Sunday that starting tackle Simon Goines broke a bone in his right leg against the Sun Devils, and underwent season-ending surgery Sunday. Goines left the game in the second quarter with what was later diagnosed as a broken fibula.
Goines tweeted that the injury was "just a minor setback for a major comeback," along with this photo:
Thanks to the loss of fellow tackle Torian White and other issues, Goines' departure could leave Mora's team with as many as three freshman starters on the offensive line when they face the new BCS No. 3 Trojans Saturday.
If there's any silver lining, it's that the Bruins have already had to deal with Goines' absence in 2013, with the sophomore missing the four games ahead of the Arizona State showdown with a right knee injury. Goines had started 19 of the first 20 games of his UCLA career.
That bright start indicates that very good things are still down the line for 6-foot-6 Texas product. But that won't make Mora or Bruin supporters feel confident about their team's ability to match up with the Trojans' powerful defense line, particularly after the Sun Devils racked up nine sacks of Brett Hundley last Saturday.
Bruin senior receiver Grayson Mazzone, the son of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, is also out for the season. He finishes 2013 with 12 receptions for 173 yards.