Or-e-Gone in 260 Seconds: 4-minute meltdown by Crespi Prince and Bruins turns Crispy Duck (without Masoli) into Duck Chow Pain, 24-10
Will Bruins fans even Give a Flying Duck any more? Will anybody even care? Will everyone give up?
UCLA hosted Oregon on Saturday, and after grinding out a 3-0 lead at halftime, they came out for the 3rd Quarter and completely fell apart. What did Neuheisel say in the locker room duing intermission — That he was taking another job?
In the first four minutes of the 3rd, the Ducks scored 21 points: They returned the kickoff 102 yards for a TD, they got a Pick 6 on one of the day’s many poor Kevin Prince passes, and then after the Special Teams and Defense had each gotten a TD, the Oregon Offense added another one, right after Prince fumbled while carrying the ball carelessly on a scramble.
While Prince did have a good streak of completions, and kept the Bruin Offense on the field in the very fast-moving 1st half, he was still very rusty-looking, missing several easy targets,. The Interception was bad, too, and there were another two that should have been picked, that were each thrown right at an apparently invisible defender.
Prince’s offense was so bad — the running Game didn’t give him any help — that Neuheisel actually went to his #2 QB –The new #2 — Richard Brehaut. Brehaut looked like he has some talent, but he wasn’t able to get the Bruins into the end zone. UCLA’s only points came from a 52-yard Field Goal from clinch All-American Kai Forbath, and an Interception in the End Zone by Akeem Ayers.
The Offense looked weak regardless of QB. Kevin Craft would nor have fared any better than the Freshmen, considering that Oregon stopped the Run, and forced the Bruins into passing situations. The Freshmen stretched the D with attempted deep passes — something Craft did not do — but these bombs were never completed.
Brehaut threw an INT, but it wasn’t completely his fault — It was off the mark high and behind Taylor Embree, but Embree got his hands on it, and deflected it to the defender. And that wasn’t the only disappointing play made by a Bruin Receiver. The Bruins suffered repeated dropped balls all afternoon, too many to be explained by being out of rhythm with Prince having been gone so long.
Damien Thigpen showed some nice moves and speed, which is becoming more and more important, with Milton Knox having been unavailable, and Jonathan Franklin spaining his ankle. But Thigpen is still looking for his first big, game-changing play. The other supposedly game-breaking Freshman speedster Randall Carroll caught a pass and was targeted on another, on a bomb, but he dropped it (a defender might have tipped it or blocked his vision).
The UCLA Offensive Line allowed too much penetration, and did not open up enough holes for the Running Backs. Considering this fact, and the poor performance by the Receivers, I STILL prefer Kevin Prince to Kevin Craft. He made two huge mistakes on Saturday, and missed a lot of easy targets, but he — and Brehaut — showed more arm strength and more rhythm-building than Craft. It may not be fair, but when Prince screws up, it’s a Freshman mistake (which will happen less frequently with playing time), but when Craft does it, it’s just the best Craft can do. I believe that after Saturday’s effort, Brehaut deserves to remain at #2 on the depth chart.
Knowing that Cal got killed by Oregon and sc, it is possible to think that UCLA may actually be able to compete with them this coming Saturday in the Rose Bowl, although Cal’s Running Back might just set a record. And after the Bruin Offense looked so impotent against Oregon, it’s hard to see them putting up a lot of points any time soon… no matter who is running it at QB, and no matter who is defending it.
Fans are really starting to wonder about the Genius title that Norm Chow has been carrying for years. Is it like a Driver’s Test? Does he need to renew his Genius License? Is calling back-to-back QB Sneaks at the Goal Line on the test? It’s hard to believe that the Bruins keep getting outcoached, considering the pedigrees on their own staff. The natives are definitely getting restless.
And speaking of getting restless, YES, we have photos of the THREE Oregon Cheerleaders that the Ducks could spare from Eugene, and of the Bruin Spirit Squad, preceded by some actual game photos of some scary moments, just a little early for Halloween.