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Bruin Bites: Hundley Steps Up, #13 Hunting for #12, and Carl Crawford the Bruin?

It's Monday morning, so once again, it's time for us to take a look at the various bits and pieces of news floating around the UCLA-iverse, as well as recap all of the non-revenue sports action from the past week.

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Baller 17.
Baller 17.

It's Monday morning, and Bruins fans are smiling. Yes, Saturday's win should have been more comfortable (read: stop dropping punts in our own red zone, learn to play defense, etc.) but the Bruins went on the road to Tempe, faced a hostile Arizona State crowd, and beat a resurgent Arizona State team for the first real big road win for UCLA in a long time. For Mora, this win was huge, and for the first time in a long time, the Bruins are bowl eligible in October. It's a feel-good win, not just because our much-maligned freshman kicker, Ka'imi Fairbairn, buried the game winner as the clock expired, but because Hundley keeps improving, the offense can score and be exciting, and a lot of the young pieces we'll need for sustained success in the next few years are really coming around nicely.

But, with a new week comes a new challenge and the Bruins will take on a very tough Arizona squad that just finished dropping the "vaunted" Trojans in the desert. Whether Rich Rod plays his concussed QB, Matt Scott, remains to be seen, but next week's game will go a long way in deciding whether UCLA will return to the Pac-12 title game (and once again face the high-powered Oregon Ducks, who are the hands down favorite to win not just the Pac-12 North, but to make it all the way back to the BCS title game).

So, with that said, let's get to the bits and pieces of news floating around the UCLA-iverse at the beginning of this work week. Here's the Bruin Bites for this Monday morning:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to start the work week with. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and additions in the comments thread.