Well, another stupendous game by the defense, a solid running attack featuring constantly improving offensive-line play and Johnathan Franklin’s first 100-yard game, and the consistent kicking of Kai Forbath all combined to pull the Bruins through to a victory without Kevin Prince. I do have to give Kevin Craft credit for playing a decent game for three quarters. He was efficient through the first half, and played a solid forth quarter. The fact hat he did his best to give the game away in the third quarter can, for tonight, be overlooked, especially with the prospect that he may have to play only one more game until Prince’s return.
What was most upsetting, though, was the fact that the team committed EIGHT penalties, seemingly all eight at critical times, and, as you would expect, almost all eight were committed by the offense. Coach Neuheisel, in his post-game comments, said that with the bye week, the next two weeks would be a “training camp” for the team, and this is one of the major areas that needs to be addressed.
The Pac-10 is shaping up to be very interesting this season, with California now the team to beat, a much improved Husky Dawg team at U-Dub, and new life, new enthusiasm, and talent on both sides of the ball, at UCLA.
On his broadcast tonight, in describing the Bruin game and Kansas States’ extra-point flub, our boy Mario called it a failed two-point attempt.