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Monday, September 1, 2008
UCLA-Tennessee: Third-quarter reflections


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

PASADENA, Calif. -- From the Rose Bowl press box ...

Is the UCLA defense wearing down as Tennessee asserts itself?

UCLA went three-and-out, and the Vols promptly drove 73 yards to the Bruins' 6-yard line.

But then Tennessee's Arian Foster fumbled, and the Bruins recovered.

Boy, this Bruins defense. Coordinator DeWayne Walker has these guys schemed-up and ready to play.

Perhaps as a belated reward, the Bruins offense earned two first downs, moving out to their 40. That gave them seven for the game.

Then, after another good defensive series, what's this ... a UCLA drive!

Give Kevin Craft credit for being mentally tough. A lot of guys would have gone into the emotional tank after tossing four interceptions in the first half.

He goes 3-for-4 for 31 yards on a 10-play drive that's capped by a 41-yard field goal by Kai Forbath, closing the gap to 14-10.

The line surrendered its first sack, which means the maligned crew has done fairly well in pass protection through almost three quarters.

Is this really a game? Seems like it's going to take a Tennessee mistake for the Bruins to pull off an upset, but this is much closer than most folks expected, including yours truly.

The Bruins are pinned deep -- second and 14 on their 4-yard line to start the fourth -- not good.