Saturday, September 17, 2005

Surprise? UCLA 41 Oklahoma 24

UCLA defeated OU in surprising fashion today at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was the first football game I've been to since the last season of the Toledo era.

One of the key plays was a penalty against OU that nullified an interception. UCLA was leading 27-17 when Olsen's pass was deflected and intercepted. However, a penalty occurred prior to the change of possession.

If the play had stood, OU could have scored to make it 27-24. Instead, UCLA's drive was sustained resulting in a touchdown and a 34-17 lead.

Me and my three friends sat in the general admission section where the ratio was close to 50-50. In our group, there were two UCLA partisans, one Oklahoma supporter and one "neutral."

One of the OU fans behind us acknowledged that this year's team had very few from last year's BCS championship participant.

As for this year's UCLA team, what surprised me was the run defense. Oklahoma's Peterson was limited to 61 yards.

Oklahoma's defense sought to stop the UCLA run and they were successful limiting UCLA's Drew to 70 yards.

Thus, it was up to Olsen, reputed to be just a B, B+ QB, to win the game which was something he couldn't do often in the past two seasons.

Olsen torched OU's pass defense with 3TDs and 313 yards hitting 10 different receivers.

UPDATE: Yahoo! Sports experts and fans had Oklahoma winning. What did Las Vegas say? They had the Bruins favored by 6 1/2. I had my doubts about the Las Vegas odds-makers. But what can you say? They know their stuff?

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