Posted 09/02/2008 at 04:56 PM
The best game of the opening college football weekend may have been the last one to kick off as Tennessee and UCLA both showed up with great defensive efforts. Bruins QB Kevin Craft looked terrible in the first half with four interceptions as the quick and powerful Tennessee secondary looked very tough. The Bruins also looked like the gave the game away with an interception returned for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half after hanging in there despite the mistakes.
It takes great resolve to rebound from such a miserable start to the season but Craft pulled it all together for a successful second half and the Bruins had a brilliant drive to take the lead late in the game. Tennessee would not give up either however and the Vols marched into field goal range aided by a facemask penalty and kicker Daniel Lincoln redeemed earlier misses with the tying attempt to force overtime.
Neither offense could make much of a move in the overtime series and it looked like a second OT might be in the works but Lincoln's tough night continued with a miss to give the Bruins the upset. It was a huge win for new Coach Rick Neuheisel and the UCLA program. The Bruins had more injuries in the game and could be in for a long year but for one night they were on top with a great effort. We wish UCLA had a game next week as it would be an ultimate flat letdown spot but with two weeks before heading to BYU the go-against opportunity may not be as strong.
Most people tune out baseball with football now back in action but it was a great weekend with C.C. Sabathia throwing a almost no-hitter on Sunday and both Stephen Drew and Adrian Beltre hitting for the Cycle on Monday, just a few days after Cristian Guzman accomplished the feat. Cleveland has not done much this season but Cliff Lee pitched a shutout on Monday to move to 20-2, an incredible feat for a pitcher that has had an unremarkable up-and-down career until now.