LOS ANGELES - UCLA's longest pass play this season is 32 yards, and early in the week coach Rick Neuheisel said the Bruins need to throw the ball down the field with more regularity.
However, it is not that simple, according to quarterback Kevin Craft and offensive coordinator Norm Chow, and both said it is not a prerequisite of the game plan heading into Saturday's game against big underdog Washington State at the Rose Bowl.
"The Tennessee game, in the first half, that's what happens when you try to force it," said Craft, who threw four first-half interceptions. "It's OK to go underneath, as long as we keep moving the chains. That's what they've been telling me. I like it when you call that stuff, and when it's not there, you just check it down."
In fact, Chow said he called plenty of plays to throw the ball down the field this season, but opponents' coverage is geared toward stopping the deep pass.
"People don't understand that," Chow said. "They think you don't go down field. But you don't go down field because the coverage doesn't allow you to. I like to call at least one (deep play) a quarter, and we call it.
But the coverage doesn't allow us to (throw) that."
Injured UCLA senior quarterback Ben Olson said his broken foot is not yet healed, and there was no timetable for a possible return.
However, Olson said there is another issue with his foot, which he also broke in the spring.
"(Doctors) are a little concerned that if I break it again, they may not be able to get it to heal," Olson said. "So that's an obvious concern."
OLSON'S STATUS ON THE ROAD
UCLA will use today as one of its six NCAA-allowed days on the road to recruit, with several assistants going to local high school games.
Also, the Bruins are hosting Columbus (Ga.) Carver High offensive lineman Chris Hubbard on an official visit.