Want to know why people consider UCLA soft? It’s not the shade of blue on the uniforms, or the style of play. It’s the fans. True, Oklahoma is not the powerhouse it historically has been, but when only 56,000 people show up for what turned out to be the biggest win in three years, it shows an apathetic attitude.
At least 10,000 of that 56,000 were Oklahoma fans, and when the small number of Bruin fans who showed up started leaving halfway through the fourth quarter, all of a sudden it was as if a Dodger game had broken out.
As a longtime Bruin fan I loved the victory over Oklahoma. But let’s not anoint Karl Dorrell the next Knute Rockne just yet. UCLA has beaten two badly outmanned teams in San Diego State and Rice, and allowed an Oklahoma offense that racked up 10 points against Texas Christian and barely beat Tulsa to gain 400 yards, despite countless penalties, fumbles, and pitch plays that looked more like Pop Warner than Division I football.
No, Dan Guerrero, this one game was not a “validation” of Dorrell’s system. Quick starts and pathetic finishes have been the rule lately. Talk to us in December, and we’ll see who and what have been validated.
While a letter last week noted that the U.S. Open tennis announcers seemed to be paid by the syllable, it is my contention that last Saturday’s UCLA and USC TV football announcers might have been paid by the platitude.