UCLA’s O-Line wall is finally opening holes big enough to squirt through, and it’s not too late for a happy ending
When usc got pounded on Thursday by the Beavers, people around the Nation talked about how over-rated the trojans are, and about what a devastating blow the choke would be to their season. When UCLA went neck-and-neck with Fresno before succumbing on a late fumble, people are talking about how far the Bruins have come — in the right direction.
No one is “happy” with the loss to Fresno, but there is plenty to point to, to support the theory that Norm Chow’s expertise IS getting through to his players. The Bruin blockers are missing fewer and fewer assignments, and QB Kevin Craft is taking advantage of his legs, and starting to take what the Defense gives him. The Bruin Receivers made several great catches, and hung onto the ball after hard hits. And the Kick Returns of Terrence Austin single-handedly gave UCLA the field position edge throughout the game.
The Defense has some work to do to get back to the position of being the team’s STRENGTH, but DeWayne Walker has shown in the past that he can properly motivate a unit, so it is possible that the Bruins could be very competitive as they get back into their Pac-10 schedule next week. Saturday’s opponent is Washington State, at the Rose Bowl — an extremely good opportunity to leave the 3-game losing streak behind.
In the meantime, here are 24 more photos from the Fresno game and rally, to keep your spirits up.