SALT LAKE CITY — As UCLA coach Jim Mora’s gratitude for a victory wrestled with his annoyance with 13 penalties for 100 yards, Bruins associate athletic director Rip Scherer ended the match with a drop of wisdom. “Not every Rembrandt,” the former Memphis and James Madison head coach said, “is a masterpiece.”
In the wee hours of Friday morning, after what Mora called “the longest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Mora couldn’t help but agree. Yes, the Bruins had nearly given away the game. Yes, quarterback Brett Hundley threw a devastating pick-six. Yes, UCLA might have considered changing the alma mater to Yakety Sax after a few offensive plays. But guess what? UCLA beat Utah, 34-27. The Bruins won a Pac-12 game on the road on a Thursday night, when road favorites typically struggle. They played true freshmen at right guard and right tackle most of the night. They played nine true freshmen on defense. And they won a game young teams don’t usually win.
Source: Andy Staples, SI.com