Hey guys. In case you didn't know, UCLA upset Arizona State University 29-28. And, in case you didn't know, it was one of the wildest, most frustratingly exciting wins you'll ever see UCLA play in.
(At least, that's what it felt like at the Rose Bowl; I was ticked half of the second half.)
The first thing people will jump to, and it's the first thing the Daily Bruin here at UCLA decided to jump to, is the UCLA defense which so valiantly stopped the ASU offense, right?
Wrong. While the UCLA defense wound up doing its job, it was bend-don't-break as hell. Brock Osweiler torched us on the underneath throws and medium-distance tosses. Those normally came on third down and normally ripped the defense's heart out. And consider that the defense gave up a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter when we led 23-21. They got their hands on a pair of field goals (one of which was one that would've won ASU the game), so let's give them a "B" and be done with them for now.
Maybe it's because Rick Neuheisel's losing his job, or maybe it's because the coaching staff realized what we all couldn't, but Kevin Prince was let loose.
Last week against Cal Berkeley, Prince was allowed to run freely and ran for nearly twice as much as he threw. The Golden Bears never stopped him, and that allowed for the option to work impeccably well.
This week? ASU planned for Prince to run. The result? Price didn't run nearly as well. An even more elaborate result? Prince didn't run as well and called ASU out on their lack of belief that Prince can throw.
Kevin Prince didn't throw all too often -- he only let it fly 17 times and a good handful were underneath or dump-off throws. However, the dude aired it out on numerous occasions and it payed off big. (Hey there, 3rd-and-32.)
And ASU never adjusted. The Bruins' offense was damn near unstoppable when it got on a roll and that's thanks to (dare I say it) Neuheisel's fine utilization of Derrick Coleman and Prince's arm. (Still, let's fire Neuheisel, yeah?)
So, Kevin Prince? I'm sorry. I felt bad that I boo'd a fellow Bruin in the first place, but now I feel stupid to go along with it.
Carlos Sandoval is a junior at UCLA and blogs for BallHyped blogs, where all his dreams come true. He also puts silly footers at the bottom of all his posts reminding everyone he goes to the greatest school on earth. Follow him on Twitter: @ThePigeonToeNFL