LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- UCLA will be in between coaches when it faces New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl on Christmas Day.
The Bruins ended the regular season with one-sided losses to Southern California and Washington State and fired coach Bob Toledo after the 48-27 loss to the Cougars. The Bruins have given up 100 points in their last two games, suffering a 52-21 setback to USC on November 23.
Former UCLA receiver and Denver Broncos assistant Karl Dorrell was hired as Toledo's replacement, but will not be on the sidelines for the Las Vegas Bowl.
Ed Kezirian, currently the director of academic services and an assistant coach from 1982 to 1992, was named interim coach, but the game plan will be devised by the coordinators and current staff members.
Toledo's job did get any easier when quarterback Cory Paus suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Stanford on October 26. That forced Toledo to go with a pair of freshmen down the stretch in Drew Olson and Matt Moore.
Olson started against Washington State, but was ineffective, completing 13-of-27 passes for 163 yards with two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Tyler Ebell, who rushed for a UCLA freshman-record 924 yards, also is looking to bounce back from a sub-par game. During the season, Ebell had a string of six straight 100-yard games, but managed just 10 yards on nine carries against the Cougars.
New Mexico coach Rocky Long led the Lobos (7-6) to just their third bowl appearance in 41 years and first since 1997. New Mexico finished second in the Mountain West Conference and became bowl eligible for routing Wyoming, 49-20, in its regular season finale.
Long was a member of UCLA's staff during Toledo's first two years as coach in 1996-97.
The Lobos also feature a freshman running back. Montrell Moore rushed for 1,117 yards and 13 touchdowns during the season. He had four games with more than 160 yards and averaged 178 yards in his last two contests.
The Bruins are 11-11-1 all-time in postseason play, suffering a 21-20 loss to Wisconsin in the 2000 Sun Bowl in their last bowl appearance. New Mexico has a bowl mark of 2-3-1.