PASADENA, Calif. -- You can call it a letdown or a wake-up call or maybe even an inevitable slip up by a still-growing team.
But if the UCLA Bruins are to rebound from their 27-20 upset loss to the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-12 opener Saturday at the Rose Bowl, it had better become a learning experience.
The Bruins had been flying high this week, creating national buzz with their 3-0 start. Talk of the Heisman Trophy and being the best team in L.A. had been swirling around Westwood as the Bruins reached No. 19 in the Associated Press poll.
The loss Saturday puts a halt to all of that, takes the luster off the Bruins and most certainly will draw some UCLA naysayers out of the woodwork.
The way the Bruins respond next week at Colorado will tell us more about the team than any of its first four games.
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