BYU hands UCLA its worst loss in near...

BYU hands UCLA its worst loss in nearly 80 years

There are 94 comments on the LA Daily News story from Sep 14, 2008, titled BYU hands UCLA its worst loss in nearly 80 years. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Coach Rick Neuheisel's "relentlessly positive" theme was sucked out of a lifeless UCLA bunch, floating somewhere among dropped heads, confused faces and disbelieving bodies.

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barrya

AOL

#1 Sep 14, 2008
Brian, I do NOT think the loss is the same as last year's collapse at Utah (or at Washington State). Last year, after Everett's fumble which took away a drive that would have brought the Bruins back within one score of the Utes, the team collapsed completely - they lost heart (in my opinion). In THIS game, as you wrote, <Reggie Carter said. "They outplayed us. They outschemed us. They did what they said they were going to do, they picked us apart."> This was a matter of BYU playing a perfect game, exposing every flaw in personnel and what that personnel allows the coaches to scheme. We knew those flaws were there - and of course it only gets worse as more key players go down. For anyone who payed close attention Sept 1st, they were obvious: huge OLine problems, big problems with speed on edges, major problems caused by lack of experience.

But the focus on this one should not be on Bruin failures but BYU successes. This was their game of the year, their chance to get fully onto the national radar in their quest for a BCS bowl berth, the game they had to have. Their coaches know us well after last year and to their credit they did a magnificent job of game-planning to isolate our weaknesses and take advantage of them. And their players executed almost perfectly. It's not a "collapse" when you get beaten by a superior opponent on his home field playing his absolute best game. The new Tennessee quarterback playing for the new offensive coordinator threw the ball into the ground or over the sideline so many times, it gave us a chance to stay in the game - get it into the fourth quarter. BYU did no such thing. Those of us who believed we'd likely win four games this year - Tennessee gives us a shot at winning at least one more than that while the weakness of the conference holds out hope as well - shouldn't be surprised about what we do NOT have this season: starting with an offensive line and going on to inexperience all over the place - some pretty good talents not nearly ready for prime time. BYU just played brilliantly and kept us from being able to cover up ANY of our problems (which now include a very talented FG kicker who, for the second BYU game in a row, couldn't kick the ball high enough to get over the helmets of the lines in front of him).

We got killed - position by position, play by play. But give the credit to BYU for what it was able to do on that field yesterday.
Harold Jim Winthorpe III

Chino Hills, CA

#2 Sep 14, 2008
These are Karl Dorrell's players and it is going to take a whole season to take his garbage loser mentality out of their system, they were obviously over confident after defeating Tennessee, and they had their lunch handed to hem by a very good team that was ready while the Bruins are just learning what it takes to be an upper level team.
Bitter UCLA Fans

Anaheim, CA

#3 Sep 14, 2008
You UCLA fans hate Dorrell. His players are good enough to hold USC to 9 points but now not good enough to hold of BYU. You guys don't know football and your new coach is going to leave your program in shambles like he did Washington and Colorado.

“America & LEGAL Americans 1st”

Since: Aug 08

Chatsworth

#4 Sep 14, 2008
UCLA fans are great. "These are Karl Dorrell's players". "The sun was in my eyes". "The ball went through my legs".

After the Tennessee game UCLA fans were ready for the national championship game. Well, welcome to reality. Coaching, as good as it may be, is not going to help a lack of talent.

I'm sorry to say its going to be a long time before you can root for your team in a championship game. Like maybe... NEVER?
BYU fan

Sandy, UT

#5 Sep 14, 2008
UCLA fans: Being a BYU fan for decades, I have watched UCLA pound BYU far more than BYU beat UCLA. I think UCLA leads the series 7-3. Yesterday was BYU's day. Everything went right for BYU. Nothing seemed to work for UCLA. However, you can see that UCLA's players have talent, speed and ability. It was one of those days when the wheels fell off the wagon. I think the score exaggerated the win/loss. It was not as good/bad as it may seem. Norm Chow was a great coach at BYU for decades. Every college offense he has coached has gotten better over time. (BYU, NC State, and USC) He has coached at least 3 Heisman winners, and many NFL quarterbacks and coaches. I expect in time UCLA will be a major force handing out the poundings in the future. Hang in there.
KCS

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2008
BYU fan wrote:
UCLA fans: Being a BYU fan for decades, I have watched UCLA pound BYU far more than BYU beat UCLA. I think UCLA leads the series 7-3. Yesterday was BYU's day. Everything went right for BYU. Nothing seemed to work for UCLA. However, you can see that UCLA's players have talent, speed and ability. It was one of those days when the wheels fell off the wagon. I think the score exaggerated the win/loss. It was not as good/bad as it may seem. Norm Chow was a great coach at BYU for decades. Every college offense he has coached has gotten better over time.(BYU, NC State, and USC) He has coached at least 3 Heisman winners, and many NFL quarterbacks and coaches. I expect in time UCLA will be a major force handing out the poundings in the future. Hang in there.
That's a incredible statement, Utah must be very nice place.
Another BYU Fan

United States

#7 Sep 14, 2008
I agree with the other BYU fan. Sometimes the wheels come off. I'm a BYU fan. It's happened to us WAY more often than I'd like to admit.
BYU played the best game it had in years, and I think we legitimate contendors this year. However, I watched the UCLA-Tennessee game, and you guys have a real team there. Plus, Norm Chow has a way at calling brilliant games and pulling off games that otherwise shouldn't be won.
Hopefully all those who made the trip up to Provo were treated well, and at least enjoyed a nice College FB atmosphere.
Good luck the rest of the way........
UCLA ROB

El Monte, CA

#8 Sep 14, 2008
Last week I posted comments of how we were going to spank BYU. I apologyze for those asinine comments. BYU is the real deal, they destroyed UCLA's defense that was considered in the top 10-15 in the nation. Was it UCLA's bad game or was it BYU's dominant offense and superior defense? I believe BYU has the type of team that should be considered contenders the rest of the way. Good luck to BYU and may God help us at UCLA, we will need a divine intervention the rest of the year.
manhattan beach dued

West Covina, CA

#9 Sep 14, 2008
I was so depressed last night after the game:
I thought about suicide,
called a sucide hot line
(it had been out sourced to Pakistan)
I told them about the UCLA game and
told them I was thinking of suicide,
They asked me if I knew how to drive a truck.
baa dum!!!!
My props to BYU.
Shinjo

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#10 Sep 14, 2008
UCLA has great coaching but the talent is just not there yet. I am glad to see Rick get humbled after he has been running his mouth so much. Like I said at the start of the season, if UCLA wins more than three to four games this year, I think everyone should consider that a success. The schedule is brutal and Craft just isn't that good.
UCLA ROB

El Monte, CA

#11 Sep 14, 2008
True that on all accounts, however the Pac-10 is weak, and we should do okay the rest of the way 6 wins is still very doable. I believe.
Shinjo wrote:
UCLA has great coaching but the talent is just not there yet. I am glad to see Rick get humbled after he has been running his mouth so much. Like I said at the start of the season, if UCLA wins more than three to four games this year, I think everyone should consider that a success. The schedule is brutal and Craft just isn't that good.
SLC BYU Fan

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Sep 14, 2008
As I watched the BYU - UCLA game, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. For BYU, the stars, planets, comets, even meteors lined up and resulted in a game that was as close to perfection as I think I've ever seen. It has got to be hard for any team to be on the other side of something like that. UCLA was (for them) in the wrong place at the wrong time. The hard part about watching a game like that (as a BYU fan) is: How on earth can they top that? Wow!
manhattan beach dued

West Covina, CA

#13 Sep 14, 2008
Shinjo wrote:
UCLA has great coaching but the talent is just not there yet. I am glad to see Rick get humbled after he has been running his mouth so much. Like I said at the start of the season, if UCLA wins more than three to four games this year, I think everyone should consider that a success. The schedule is brutal and Craft just isn't that good.
Just when was Rick running his mouth??
bruin4life

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#14 Sep 14, 2008
Like everything in life, we have good days, bad days and very bad days. Yesterday was one of the very bad days (very very bad day).

The most important thing is for the team to not lose the focus and confidence now and keep working hard and everything will be OK.
BRUIN RIDA 1

Plano, TX

#15 Sep 14, 2008
It's not going to be easy to turn the program around,I think we all know that for a fact now.But I trust the coaching staff we have & I hope the ucla players learn from this VERY BAD experiance & could play harder but specially smarter.Oh & please bruin fans don't jump onto the trojan bandwagon just like everybody else in LA or all of so cal for that matter, because in two to three years we will once again be a national powerhouse & u will regret leaving us for suc
Rawtorque

San Jose, CA

#16 Sep 14, 2008
Ah, the pains of being a new coach. This series had UCLA beating BYU 63-14 back in '93, so it has gone the other way. Norm Chow IS the real deal, but it will take time to get everyone on the same page. UCLA has had injury problems lately as well.

This was a lot like when Texas came to Provo in '88. Eric Metcalf was suspended for that game, and the Longhorns lost 47-6.
Darryl

Pleasant Grove, UT

#17 Sep 14, 2008
As a cougar fan I was at the game and loved every moment. I was shocked at how the game went, thinking it would be a nail biter. It was great to see the 2nd and 3rd teams hold their own.
Lucy Blue

Bellevue, WA

#18 Sep 14, 2008
UCLA folks did not complain when Karl Dorrell recuits beat TN. They never said "we won with Dorrell's recruits". Now that they lost, folks here are blaming it on Dorrell's recruits? Not all of that loss should be blamed on Dorrell. Some goes to the horrible coaching.

Why do I care. USC won and that is all that matters. Period
John Smith

Littleton, CO

#19 Sep 14, 2008
Neuheisel is a jerk. He came to Colorado and ruined a great team. The more his recruits took over from McCartney's, the worse the team did. After it was all Neuheisel's boys, the record was the worst. He left on the midnight express for big bucks to Washington, then let the school pay the penalties for his recruiting violations. Imagine, he got worse recruits than his predecessor, even while cheating. Imagine how bad he would have done if he followed the rules.
At Washington, the same thing happened, the team got worse the longer he was there. Then he was fired for betting on NCAA games, saying he didn't think it was a violation. How stupid is this guy. His stupidity is exceeded only by the UCLA athletic department, who hired him expecting lopsided games. Well, they got one!
joe blue

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Sep 14, 2008
Shinjo wrote:
UCLA has great coaching but the talent is just not there yet. I am glad to see Rick get humbled after he has been running his mouth so much. Like I said at the start of the season, if UCLA wins more than three to four games this year, I think everyone should consider that a success. The schedule is brutal and Craft just isn't that good.
I respect you your honest ucla talent is just not there yet I hate saying it ucla was just exposed they have good coaches but players are the ones that win games.

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