Hope all of you are enjoying a beautiful labor day weekend. These weekends are always enjoyable when they follow a satisfying Bruin victory on Saturday. However, before we all get a little to carried away once again it is extremely important to remind ourselves that win came against a pathetic Stanford team. And we can't really take much out of a victory against a team that will most likely finish last in the Pac-10 again.
Now that said I do believe it is worth noting the performance of the offensive line and our running game, given they didn't do much against the same Stanford team last season. From the Daily News:
And when UCLA got the ball with 3:37 to play, the Bruins ran it eight times for 65 yards, ending in Christian Ramirez's 24-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, UCLA held the ball for 10 minutes, 12 seconds and ran the ball 19times for 100yards.
"When you don't have to throw the ball down the field, it's real nice," UCLA center Chris Joseph said. "It was great, man. It was like everything was clicking."
UCLA ran for 338 yards, and its 624 yards of total offense was the 11th best in school history.
After watching the game tape, Dorrell said Sunday that the revamped offensive line, which featured Joseph (a former guard), guard Noah Sutherland (a former tackle) and first-time starter Micah Kia at left tackle, performed well.
"I was really encouraged," Dorrell said. "I thought the offensive line, as a group, played really well. We protected (quarterback) Ben (Olson) pretty well. I thought they did a nice job in protection, and we ran the ball pretty well, too."
As for Dorrell as always nothing interesting from him except for stating the obvious:
Dorrell was pleased with the defensive effort, despite the Bruins' giving up 331 yards passing.
"Defensively we played real well, except for a handful of plays," he said. "There were a couple miscues, a couple times we had trouble getting the guy tackled."
Looking ahead to next week, the traditional media is already at it looking for an easy, obvious, predictable story line of BYU v. Southpaw Jesus:
Olson was trying to head that off at the pass. When asked about his former school, he said, "I spent a little time there, but it has been such a long time ago, it's just another game."
Olson just flunked Bulletin Board Material 101.
Anyways, for their part the Cougars are being classy and reserved about this topic as well. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
"We are going to be ready for them, but I don't want to make it a Max Hall vs. Ben Olson deal," Hall said.
"That's not what I want to make it. Ben is a great guy. I've met him a couple of times, and he's just a class guy.
"But it is BYU vs. UCLA. We are going to go out there, we are going to prepare hard, and we are going to give them a good game, and hopefully we are going to come out with a win."
Anyways, we will have more on BYU late this week. For now once again enjoy your labor day weekend.