For a while it seemed more of UCLA quarterback Drew Olson’s passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage than made it near the receivers last week against Washington. Bruins offensive line coach Tom Cable and center Mike McCloskey said the fault lies with those blocking for Olson. Too often, Washington’s defensive linemen were quick to get their hands up to clog passing lanes, and the 20th-ranked Bruins worked to remedy that as they prepared for today’s meeting with No. 10 California at the Rose Bowl. “You have to stay firm on the line of scrimmage,” McCloskey said. “On the three-step drops, you can’t give (the defense) any penetration. You have to really focus on getting your hands on them, pushing them out. If you do that, they’re not going to want to put their hands up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McCloskey said blocking the Bears lower would keep the defenders from getting their hands high when Olson passed. Washington batted down at least six passes at the line of scrimmage. Cable added he may have given too much information to the youngsters – sophomore guards Shannon Tevaga and Chris Joseph and sophomore tackle Brian Abraham – to digest. “We’re not getting (the defenders’) hands down … that’s the guys up front,” said Cable, who is also UCLA’s offensive coordinator. “I think I’ve spent a lot of time with those three young guys and I think I’ve probably overcooked some things … but that’s all right.” Big crowd coming: A UCLA official said late Friday all general admission tickets were sold and fewer than 2,000 reserved tickets remained for what figures to be the biggest non-USC crowd in years. For those not wishing to park at the Rose Bowl, free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6 charge to park at the lot. The shuttles begin running four hours before kickoff, and stop one hour after the game. Olson’s allegiance: Olson, who grew up minutes from Cal’s campus in Piedmont, makes no secret he is a big Bears fan. In fact, during UCLA’s bye last season, he attended the Cal-Stanford game. “I’m still a Cal fan,” Olson said. “Just not this week.” Olson said he still enjoys going to games in Berkeley, and was asked if he wore a Cal hat when in attendance. “No, I wouldn’t go that far,” he said with a huge grin. Forbath selected: UCLA commit Kai Forbath, a kicker from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game Jan. 7 in San Antonio. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!