UCLA’s Defense snatches SIX (as in “666”) Sun Devil Turnovers and scores Touchdowns on two of them, as the Bruins become Bowl-eligible with their 3rd straight win, 23-13
From Dancing with the Devils this Saturday, right onto the Highway to Hell next Saturday night.
The Bruins just reached Rick Neuheisel’s preseason goal: To not only improve on last year’s 4-win total, but also to win 6 games, thereby becoming Bowl-eligible. And despite losing their first five Pac-10 games, the Bruins were able to capture their 6th W on Saturday, by overwhelming Arizona State, 23-13.
UCLA’s Defense made big play after big play, carrying the team on a day when the Offense struggled to complete drives. It all started when Alterraun Verner got a GIFT Pick 6 from ASU’s first-time starter QB. The Bruins were up 7-0, but early in the game, the Bruins’ Defense still had holes, and Running Back Dimitri Nance was exploiting them with powerful runs (he had 110 yards rushing for the game). But before the Devils could reach the end zone again on all but one subsequent drive, they would fumble, get sacked, or throw an errant pass, thanks to stellar pressure, especially from Brian Price.
Brian Price had an All-American kind of game, as did Akeem Ayres. On one play in the 2nd quarter, both Ayres, a Linebacker, and Price, an Interior Lineman, lined up on the ends of the Defensive line, and both got in. Ayres forced the QB into Price, who forced a fumble, which Ayres recovered and returned for a dramatic, diving, review-surviving TD.
The Bosworths, Datone Jones, Damien Holmes, Jerzy S., and Verner all had shining moments, and Reggie Carter really rang some Devil bells out there, including one brutal hit on their young QB. And the D picked a good day to show up, because the Offense wasn’t as sharp as they could be.
The pocket was still much stronger than it was earlier in the year, but Kevin Prince still had to work hard to avoid ASU’s pressure. And the pass blocking is still better than the run blocking, as there weren’t a lot of holes for the Running Backs to exploit. But that doesn’t concern Chane Moline. Chane the Train just carried Devil tacklers, for 84 yards rushing, and several big gainers. Adding to the Bruins’ rushing totals were several more big gainers, by Kevin Prince! Prince scrambled or bootlegged for 42 yards, including two 17-yarders for 1st Downs. Prince hit only 15 of 31 passes for 161 yards, but what he did with his legs MORE than compensated for a few bad tosses… Especially because he did not turn the ball over at all, via fumble or Interception. And obviously, Turnovers were the story of the game.
By beating the Devils by 10, the Bruins have once again out-performed sc against a common opponent. I don’t want to spread any false hope, but the Bruins did better than the trojans did against not only ASU, but also WSU, Washington, Stanford, and Oregon too. The Bruins have won three straight, and are flying high emotionally, after coming back from the brink of disaster, while sc has already conceded that this season is a complete and total failure, no matter what transpires from here on out. So UCLA COULD actually have some sort of edge. Okay, go ahead… ask me if I think the Bruins are going to win. My answer would be that all the confidence that you’ll see exuded by Bruin fans this week will not be coming from me.
Below are 28 photos from the game on Saturday. 18 are from the game itself, and 10 are Cheerleader photos. And about that… As hard as I have tried over the last few years to NOT post any shots that the girls don’t like — while still trying to show you just how amazing, fit, and gorgeous they are, apparently I have failed. Not to get overly-dramatic, but it was requested on Saturday that I please be more conservative with my cropping, and with my shot-selection. This is very sad to me, as I have been approaching every pictorial with the absolute knowledge that some of the girls’ Dads are checking it out. I honestly thought that I was doing an admirable job, drawing the line in JUST the right place. And they were the ones who told ME that “sidekicks” were okay. I thought I had found the perfect happy medium, with no complaints coming in, from girls, Dads, or readers. Oh well. I hope Mollie knows that I wasn’t trying to slip anything past her, and I still believe that my shots have been MORE conservative than Mollie’s official shots on their own website. HOWEVER — None of that matters. All that DOES matter is that the girls don’t hate me. Therefore, the requested adjustment is a done deal. That being said, the policy is still in effect, that any time any squadmember dislikes any shot, all they have to do is let me know, and I’ll take it down.
Getting the request was really depressing, just because I felt like I let them down. The only reason I was able to go into the game after that without being upset is that a couple of members of the squad were personally really nice to me, and that cheered me up. I was glad that I got to share a “moment,” with one of the girls who was enjoying her final home game on the squad (she’s always been the nicest one to me, and I appreciate it more than she will ever know).
Speaking of nice, I saw former Cheerleader “Crystal” at the game, and I want to remind you about her awesome project:
…a very special kind of Internet destination, that encourages conscious living, and the empowerment of Women. It’s a great concept, and worth a minute of your time, to check it out, and to support a loyal Bruin. By the way, Crystal, if you see this: I LOVED your hair on Saturday. It was like a perfect, sweeping, Kim Possible wave of silkiness, going across, so smooth. I hope you take this as the polite compliment that it is meant to be, and I wish you the best of luck with your difficult but quite worthy endeavor.
Now, here are the Football pics, and the Cheer pics, which I’m confident that you will still enjoy, as it is not difficult to capture beauty and grace when it is THIS profound (and I’m not talking about the Offensive Line). All the pics enlarge when clicked, and all the pics have hidden, mouse-over captions. Enjoy your completely safe pictorial. Love you Mollie!! KW and friends, too!