Key to rematch is not focusing on opponent, Jim Mora says

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday November 29, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on November 29, 2012

Rematches are nothing new for Jim Mora. They were commonplace, after all, during his time as an NFL head coach.

However, Friday night's Pac-12 championship game will be the first time Mora has faced the same team in back-to-back weeks. One week after falling 35-17 to Stanford, the Bruins face the Cardinal with a Rose Bowl bid on the line.

"Any advantage we have, they have, and any disadvantage we have, they have," Mora said after practice this week. "I think that there is sometimes too much made of it. It's just about going out and playing with intensity and focus and executing. I think the best way to approach it usually is your opponent is kind of a faceless, nameless object over there, and you are trying to do your best every play to beat that person. If you can take the emotion of the opponent out of it and just focus on the execution, that's better."

The Bruins held nothing back last week but will tweak their game plan some, Mora said.

"We were trying to win that game to the very last play," he said.

The Bruins finished the regular season 9-3 in Mora's first season.

"Regardless of what happens Friday night, our objective here is not to be one-year wonders," he said. "We want to build something that is special and lasting. We've just gotten started. I haven't even been on this campus a year. This is the start of what I believe is a long journey and a successful one."

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com