Desert Sin — Sheldon Price returns but fails to help the horrendous UCLA Defense, who deserts Neuheisel in the Desert by giving up 42 First Half points in 48-12 suckfest; The Offense isn’t much better, losing two fumbles and scoring only 1 TD against one of the Nation’s worst units, plus, the Bruins get into fistfights with the ‘Cats, and have a player ejected, all of which leads to calls for the Head Coach’s immediate dismissal
On Thursday night live on ESPN, a National Television audience got to see the total meltdown that will ultimately lead to Rick Neuheisel getting fired… maybe at the end of the season, or maybe today. Not only did the Bruins get destroyed 48-12 by the (formerly) 1-5 Wildcats, but they also completely lost their composure, and got involved in a wild, bench-clearing brawl right before halftime, which resulted in the ejection of Wide Receiver Taylor Embree.
The whole night was such an embarrassment to the University, that it would not surprise anyone if Head Coach Rick Neuheisel wakes up unemployed on Friday morning. The Bruin Defense was the main culprit. Cornerback Sheldon Price returned from injury to get picked apart mercilessly on the first Arizona drive, which ended in a Touchdown, just like the next 5 Arizona drives did — in the First Half.
Everyone knows that Arizona has a Top-Three-in-the-Nation Passing attack, but the Wildcats also RAN all over the Bruins. UCLA couldn’t tackle the Arizona ballcarriers, who shredded the D like it was a flag football game. And when QB Nick Foles did decide to pass, the D-Backs were either nowhere near the Receivers, too close to the Receivers (P.I.), or in good position but not looking for the ball, as the passes were hauled in for huge completions. Like I said: It was so bad, that it was downright embarrassing. The Defensive Coordinator should return his salary. The only player to make good plays was Andrew Abbott — the guy who gimpy Price was supposed to be replacing — who grabbed a nifty Interception and delivered a jarring hit. Just about the only other big hit by a Bruin came when Taylor Embree laid a vicious block on a would-be tackler. But that wasn’t Embree’s most memorable hit of the night — He also threw a punch that might define (the end of) his career.
The Offense was able to move the ball, but lost two fumbles, committed too many penalties, and dropped too many passes, including two in a row by Nelson Rosario. QB Kevin Prince threw for a lot of yards — 286 actually. He also missed a few open targets, but he was FAR from the goat of this game. There was never any reason to switch QB’s, because it would not have effected the outcome of the game in the least.
The only moment of this game worth watching was with 4 seconds left in the First Half, when a FAN DRESSED AS A REFEREE ran onto to field blowing a whistle, stopping play. He tried unsuccessfully to get another ref to give him the ball, then ran off the field as he shedded his costume. It was shocking and hilarious all at once. And while this surreal scenario was unfolding, the Bruins and Wildcats got into a melee, with punches thrown and chaos erupting all over the field. Taylor Embree had to be restrained by teammates, and he was ejected. So was Wildcat DB Shaquille Richardson, the scumbag who tried to attend UCLA before getting thrown off the team for allegedly stealing a laptop on campus. Embree might face further sanctions for his actions, and more importantly, Neuheisel may face further ramifications for LOSING his team… IF he doesn’t just RESIGN tomorrow morning before he can get fired. YES… IT WAS THAT BAD.