Like so many of you this the new season sprung eternal hope. A new QB new Offensive Cord. and we were all ready to roll. To bad that rolling had to start on the west coast for the 2nd straight year and that 3000 mile flight home is going to be a long flight for the second straight year.
First let me congratulate the Bruins for a hard fought game.
ANYTIME you get 4 interceptions in the first half you should have a 3 TD lead at the minimum. Our Defense played lights out the first half as well posting a shutout (Only TD was a blocked punt) The second half was a bit of a change. Instead of "manning" up and playing in your face they backed off the WR about 10 yards and let Kraft get in a rythm.
I dont really feel like dwelling on this so the good I saw in this game is Crompton showed poise in leading TN down the field on 2 different occasions and showed determination diving for the first down head first inbetween 2 UCLA defenders getting the crap knocked out of him then getting right back up to run another play. Our run defense looked a lot better as well as tackling (we didnt miss many tackles this game) and our secondary looked great as well and I only think there were a couple of deep balls completed all game and the only pass that I felt was unconvered was UCLA's TD pass to take the lead in the 4th.
Arian Foster still fumbles in oppurtune moments (remember Penn St 2 years ago?) and Hardesty showed his burst and ability to gain yards after initial contact. If we expect to win against UF we have to play tighter and we cant let their WR catch those 5-8 yard slants because they will take some the distance.
Oh yea, Lincoln... Keep your head up you are a great kicker I just think you left your leg in Knoxville. You will get the chance to redeem yourself at some point throughout the season.