Wet Dream — Bruins drown trojans 38-28 in the rain, starting off with a 24-0 deluge, then icing it with a ballsy, aggressive TD drive (instead of just trying “not to lose” by grinding down the clock)
The sun will come out, to Mora… And if you bet your bottom dollar on sc, you would have lost it, Daddy Warbucks.
What a difference a year makes. And a Coach makes. Jim Mora outcoached Lane Kiffin on Saturday, taking a less talented but more motivated group of players, and upsetting u$c in the Rose Bowl to win the Pac-12 South. UCLA ended a 5-game drought to their Rivals, as the fired-up Bruins intercepted overrated Matt Barkley on the game’s very first play from scrimmage, and rolled out to a 24-0 lead in the 1st half. Led by the super-poised Brett Hundley (234 yards passing, 1 TD, plus 2 TD’s rushing) and Jonathan Franklin (171 yards rushing and 2 TD’s), the Bruin offense continuously converted big third downs, and put up 406 yards of Total Offense for the game.
But sc came back strong, scoring 20 straight points, cutting the lead to 24-20. The Bruins scored again, but sc countered with another TD and a 2-point conversion to cut the lead to three. There were about 7 minutes left in the game. Terry Donahue and Rick Neuheisel would have kept the ball on the ground to use up clock, and would have been stuffed. But Mora’s staff dialed up a pass on 1st down, and kept it creative to march all the way down the field. Even though time was a factor, UCLA did NOT abandon the no-huddle Offense, because sc was struggling with the tempo. And the decision worked, as a Jonathan Franlin 13-yard scamper made it 38-28 with 4 minutes left.
Sc still had a chance, but the Defense held on. A brutal sack by Anthony Barr knocked Barkley out of the game with 2:20 left, which led to a troy Field Goal try with 94 seconds left, to cut it to a one-possession game. But Sheldon Price came flying in from an end, and blocked the kick. That pretty much clinched the game. Sc got the ball back and drove, but couldn’t get in the end zone, and time expired. Eric Kendricks might have been the Defensive MVP, getting a pick, a blocked punt, and leading the team with 10 tackles.
Here are 8 pics from the rainy game, with more coming in a couple of days.