Congratulations. It was a bloody, hard fought & ugly game but you pulled it out.
I honestly thought just an average performance from Crompton and a modicum of consistency running the ball (sort of like the 4th qtr) would let us earn a 10 pt victory. But, since we failed to make a TD from 3 yards out with 3 tries at it with the game on the line, you deserved to win.
Mea culpa - I did not count on the return of Crap-ton. Pardon the language but that's our old name for him from last year. I have to borrow for today's performance. There's a lot of blame to go around - and the line deserves it's share for being completely unable to handle UCLA's front 7. But, just 93 yards passing and 3 INT's (really 4, except for the offsides call at the end of the game) just doesn't even come close to average. I'd love to give credit to UCLA's secondary (and it's not that they were bad, so no offense) but Crap-ton was so bad we just can't tell. He repeatedly overthrew receivers, tried to beat double coverage late, stared down receivers and looked completely lost in the last series after the safety. And, he couldn't handle the basics of a center exchange. Yikes!
He got away with the bad decisions last week which results in 2 INT's and batted balls against WKU. That had us concerned, but the otherwise excellent execution of last week was no where to be found this week. We all repeatedly said UCLA isn't WKU, and you guys proved it this week.
Price was tough and just barely good enough to get it done (11-23 1TD, 0INT's). The two best plays - no INT's and hitting the rolling TE or FB on the blitz for a 13 yd TD. He survived a bloody lip, and I think he's going to be one sore kid on Sunday morning. Quite frankly - your offense was almost as unproductive as ours (182 total yards and only 19 points, despite the gift of 4 TO's and great field position). But, he was better than our QB and that's all you needed today.
I really wish TN had picked up one more of the 4 fumbles or so that our defense caused but I am not sure the offense could have done anything with it. If only the review on the final UCLA series (before the kneel downs had been fumble and a UT recovery, maybe...) Hope springs eternal.
Take your defensive line and LB's out to dinner, place the kicker at the head of the table and enjoy the win.