Interesting grafts in Peter Yoon's blogpost at ESPNLA:
For Prince, it was all about getting his confidence fixed. He was booed off the field last time he played a game after throwing three first-quarter interceptions against Texas. He threw another interception at the end of the first half Saturday but rebounded by completing four of four passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
"I don't want anything like that Texas game to ever happen again, so it's nice to be able to bounce back and put that aside and get a win," Prince said. "I was kind of down after the Texas game and coach [Rick] Neuheisel sat me down after that game and told me he'd been through the same thing, thrown four interceptions and got benched. He's been there and he told me not to get too down because I'd get another shot."
I remember the story about Neuheisel throwing 4 picks and getting benched. Perhaps the Bruins who were around during that time can correct me. I remember that happening during Neuheisel's last season when the Bruins made that late season run.
Given how terrible our defense is and the numerous problems all over this team, I am not sure if this team can make that kind of run. This is sad because of the talent in this program and how down rest of the conference is - especially in the Pac-12 South.
Still it would be cool to see Prince making run with the manageable part of UCLA's schedule ahead of us with bruised and battered Arizona on the road. It would be awesome if Prince can use yesterday's game as a spring board find the form from his last few games in his first year as the Bruin starter (2009).
Oh and another note. Shame on those UCLA fans at the Rose Bowl who booed Kevin Prince yesterday. It is one to thing to offer criticisms of Prince's game performance, but it's entirely another to boo a college student when he is coming into the game. Not cool.
UPDATE (N): Here is Neuheisel's post game presser during which he shared his thoughts on Prince's return (along with other topics). Yeah, I don't care much for coach speak about "fixing things" either. But I did appreciate his comments on Prince. They were on the money.