A beautiful Sunday morning. How every Sunday morning should feel like. ESPN Sunday morning bobbleheads - Bob Ryan, Mike Lupica, John Saunders et al. are slobbering all over the Longhorns and the Ballroom dancer. Whatever. Our mind is somewhere else. Bruins together probably their first complete game of the season (although the defense still needs to tighten up way more) on the backs of two Drews - Maurice Drew and Drew Olson. Couple of days ago, I wrote how Olson has some ways to go before he takes his place next to no. 18. Saturday night was another giant step. Olson is now a definite Heisman candidate:
Olson put himself ahead in a record book filled with some of college football's greatest quarterbacks - Bob Waterfield, Billy Kilmer, Gary Beban, Troy Aikman, Cade McNown.
Not one ever threw six touchdowns in a single game.
Photo credit: Gina Ferrazi, LA Times
Olson was taking advantage of matchups throughout the night:
On the first of the six touchdown passes, Olson rolled to his right and turned back to find Maurice Drew matched up against a linebacker, Andy Darkins. It was a mismatch. Soon enough, a 43-yard touchdown that tied the score in the first quarter.
On the second touchdown the Beavers again had a linebacker trying to cover Drew, this time Trent Bray. He had no chance. Olson lofted the ball over Bray, right to Drew.
Sitting upstairs, UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable could only smile at the matchups they were creating, the reads Olson was making, the plays that were available to them. A linebacker on Drew?[...]
It was like that throughout. Olson hit freshman tight end Ryan Moya with a 48-yard touchdown pass in which he ran right by an Oregon State safety in man-to-man coverage. He lofted a 2-yard scoring pass to the 6-foot-6 tight end Lewis, who was lined up wide on a cornerback. He hit Lewis again, this time from 3 yards out. And on the sixth scoring pass Olson hit Brandon Breazell on a 46-yard post.
Nearly as compelling is the comparison between the Trojans' likely Heisman winner and the Bruins' running back who will be fortunate to attend the ceremony.
Reggie Bush has 1,422 total yards and 13 touchdowns.
Drew has 1,299 total yards and 16 touchdowns.
Not just the two Drews. UCLA is not getting any respect not just nationally, but also locally (attendance wise), and getting dissed by opponents even after beating up on them:
Said Beaver safety Sabby Piscitelli: "They played well, but I don't know about them being a top-10 team."
In improving to 7-0 for the first time since 1998, UCLA remains one of six undefeated Division I-A teams, and that's the most important statistic.