UCLA players struggle with eye black

UCLA players sported some unique eye black for Saturday's game vs. USC.
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UCLA players sported some unique eye black for Saturday's game vs. USC.

Punter Matt Mengel was among the highlights, rocking vertical stripes to add some much-need intimidation factor to the punter's game.

UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes also donned some unique eye black, albeit with a less orchestrated pattern.

According to ESPN's Pac-12 Blog, the war paint is a product of none other than head coach Jim Mora.

The bizarre William Wallace look is part of an off-and-on Bruins tradition that Jim Mora began during his first year as the team's head coach in 2012. Before a pivotal matchup with No. 24 Arizona, Mora ostensibly asked his assistants to apply the eyeblack as war paint. The Bruins then dismantled the Wildcats 66-10.

UCLA faces Stanford on Friday in the regular-season finale. 

- Mike Fiammetta