Desmond Trufant picked a slow wobbler to end another slow, wobbly Bruins drive.
I feel no joy watching Rick Neuheisel's face contort into an angry grimace. Sometimes schadenfreude is trumped by disgust. Without ever hating Neuheisel, I can't shake the contempt I feel when I see him angrily stalking the sidelines. Go figure. It certainly makes me appreciate Pete Carroll a little more. I hope the era of red-faced shouters that think they can yell young men into playing better is ending.
1. 1st and 10 at UCLA 17 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
RDT, 1-tech. Blows through unblocked on a screen pass, but before providing false pressure Brian Price falls flat on his face.
3. 3rd and 8 at UCLA 15 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
RDT, 1-tech. Commits an uncalled neutral zone infraction right before the snap, attempts to recover, gets caught in between retreating and attacking and stops. Seen standing a foot apart from his blocker as Locker throws incomplete.
(Daniel Te'o-Nesheim strip-sacks replacement quarterback Richard Brehaut on an excellent rip-and-go through a double team. Neuheisel glowers.)
RDT, 3-tech. Price is passed over and Locker throws a swing pass before he's pressured.
2. 2nd and 6 at WASH 27 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
RDT, 3-tech. Price penetrates into the backfield and chases play action as Locker rolls right. Price attempts to redirect towards Locker but finds a blocker between him and the quarterback and cannot factor.
RDT, 1-tech. Price flies through the backfield, not unblocked but finally, simply unblockable, and puts a hand in Locker's face before Jake delivers a strike to Kearse for the first. Easily one of the best plays by Price so far.
6. 2nd and 3 at UCLA 46 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
LDT, shifts from 1-tech to 3-tech -snap! Price is caught between positions and not able to fire off the line. He generates no push at all and looks lost without his initial bull rush. A safety blitz fires off the right edge and crushes Locker as he's throwing. Locker attempts a hop-pass. He needs to cut that out. Now. Locker slowly pull himself upright.
7. 3rd and 3 at UCLA 46 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
NT, shaded left. Bullies Tolar into the backfield but doesn't separate.
End drive. A futile UCLA three and out, a punt and a victory formation kneel down later, end half.