Bruins, Hokies Go Down
Posted by Jimmy Atkinson
UCLA's luck finally ran out on Saturday as they showed up in Tucson unprepared and unmotivated and got absolutely blown out by Arizona, 52-14. It was one of the most lopsided games I've ever witnessed, and that's saying something considering it was the 2-6 team beating up on the 8-0 team. UCLA had overachieved all season; Arizona had underachieved. And finally on Saturday afternoon in Tucson, the tables turned. I made the 500-mile roadtrip from Los Angeles to witness it.
Here comes the prey.
As you can see, it was a beautiful afternoon for football. It may be November, but in Arizona, it was mostly sunny and a high of 84 degrees. And since it was homecoming and there was an undefeated team in town, the stadium was nearly filled to capacity, which isn't bad when your team is 2-6.
It wasn't even halftime when this thing started to get really ugly. The Bruins couldn't move the ball. The Wildcats couldn't be stopped.
The guy carrying this flag probably started cramping up by the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, about 3,000 miles to the east, Miami completely shut down previously unbeaten Virginia Tech, the opposite of what I had predicted. It was not the Hokie defense, but rather the 'Cane D that made the big impact on this game as Miami rolled to a 27-7 win. The Hurricanes pressured Marcus Vick all night and made him look absolutely mediocre, as he finished 8-of-22 for 90 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs.
We started with five. Now we're down to three: USC, Texas, Alabama.