Monday, September 14, 2009

Nice victory, but what a price!

It was gratifying and a lot of fun to watch UCLA grab a lead and hold onto it against Tennessee in a hostile environment, with the goal-line stand by the defense indicating that what was expected to be a strength of the team may have come of age, Unfortunately part of the price was the quarterback Kevin Prince came away with a broken jaw that had to be wired shut -- can you imagine a quarterback unable to talk? -- and he will be out 3-4 weeks. Guess that means Kevin Craft, who was sometimes quite good but consistently inconsistent as the starter last year, will start. Maybe with an improved offensive line he will be less prone to throwing interceptions.

It would be nice if UCLA could rent USC third-stringer Mitch Mustain, who started as a freshman in Arkansas but is unlikely to play more than a few meaningless series, for a few weeks. I suspect he's better than any of UCLA's options. Ah well, Kansas State is next and UCLA is favored. Hope we live up to it. Could be that the setback will serve to unify the team.

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