UCLA seniors: Mission accomplished

SAN DIEGO — UCLA's seniors sat down during the offseason to discuss team goals for their last go-around.

Reaching 10 wins – the Bruins have totaled double-digit wins just once in the last 14 years – will have to wait until next year. But they delivered on their primary objective.

"We said we wanted to leave this place better than we found it," senior safety Dalton Hilliard said. "I feel like we can be proud of the way we left this team and this program."

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After the Bruins' 49-26 loss to Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Thursday, Coach Jim Mora couldn't heap enough praise on his first senior class for helping him turn the tide in Westwood. Those 18 Bruins helped record the program's best record since 2005. They're hoping they've started a trend.

"I can't wait to see what they do in the future," Hilliard said. "We have one heck of a recruiting class coming in. I'm going to support these guys til the end."

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All Pac-12 first team offensive lineman Xavier Su'a Filo – a sophomore – hopes to continue what his senior teammates started both on and off the field.

"We appreciate everything that they did and the foundation they laid," Su'a Filo said. "They taught us how to come together as a team. They'll always be remembered."

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