UT-UCLA First Half Play-by-Play

The play-by-play of the UT-UCLA game is contained in a nice tabular format after the break.  If you decide to read through it, realize first that I did double-check each play for accuracy, but I didn't bother with proofing the spelling or grammar.  Also, I didn't have a formal process for writing down the play information at the start, so it's a pretty rough read.  Lastly, importing the tables caused some odd little breaks to appear on occasion.  I don't know why they're there, but none of the information is missing.  Ignore the breaks.

 

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UT-UCLA 2008 : THE DEBACLE

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Down and Distance Description

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OPENING KICKOFF Run out of endzone to 28. good blocking - clear path at least to 20

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 Single wingish. pass. dumpoff near 1st down. pressure up the middle

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2nd and 1 overthrow. UCLA put 9 in the box and deep wide was open. Overthrown

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3rd and 1 everybody in the box. power run formation. fumbled snap. decent push by the line.

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4th and 1 punt. high, 35 yardsish. small return but many defenders waiting.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 Power run stuffed. Basic 4-man front. LBs not needed.

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2nd and 12 7 in box. Sellout blitz. dumpoff pass to RB open but overthrown

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3rd and 12 3 man plus late blitzer. rollout right w/ completion for 1st. CB lost track of receiver.

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1st and 10 Rollout right. Zone coverage. TE sat in hole in zone

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1st and 10 4-man rush. pass left. deep, deep coverage. no chance for coverage. completion

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1st and 10 4-man rush. RB screen. dropped incomplete

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2nd and 10 run off-center left. 4-man rush. runner caught by LB. ~3-yard gain

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3rd and 9 4-man rush. great pressure. INT. Miscommunication.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 quick slant to slot. lotsa YAC. 1st. down. (Jones) good push by UCLA line

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1st and 10 Run off-center left. good push by O-line. good pickup of run blitzers. 7 yards

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2nd and 3 Essentially same play. 1 yard gain.

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3rd and 2 Run fake, throw to FB. (LBs suckered in) 1st down.

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1st and 10 Long pass to left sight. caught, but toe out of bounds. good line protection. 6-man blitz

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2nd and 10 Run, bounced outside to left. 5 yards. good line pickup, crashing LBs forced run out.

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3rd and 5 Pass left. y ards for a first. good line protection.

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1st and 10 Quick out pattern for 7. good pressure by weakside DE on an inward rush. all else contained

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2nd and 3 Run up middle. great penetration by DTs 3 yard loss. (strongside Tackle slow out of stance)

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3rd and 6 5-man blitz, with an additional fake blitzer, overloaded on weak side. delfected(?) ball, well incomplete. no hot read. flag against UT ignored

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4th and 6 FG attempt. 51 yards. center. pushed wide right.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 4-man rush, run read by LBs and 1 safety. good push by OL for 3 yards

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2nd and 7 4-man rush. good push up middle by DTs. Craft attempted to hit receiver at speed. UT in zone. Morley picked up receiver well for INT.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 45 4-man rush. C under center. receiver open but pass missed

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2nd and 10 UT 45 handoff to Foster. 2 yard gain - should have run to right rather than left. good push by UCLA.

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3rd and 8 UT 47 Shotgun, 4 man rush. good initial pickup, but weakside DE shed off block and came inside to hit C as throwing. Errant pass to nowhere.

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4th and 8 UT 47 Clean Punt for 43 yards. returned for about 4. good height.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 14 4-man rush. Pitch off-tackle right. Missed tackle by 2 at 10. 4 yard gain.

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2nd and 6 UCLA 18 5-man run D. 2 MLBs crashing. good O-line push. 3-yard gain.

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3rd and 3 UCLA 21 4-man front. Quick pass at 1st-down line to slot. Covered by OLB. Craft threw too late, and got hit as a result. INC.

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4th and 3 UCLA 21 Punt. 46 yards fair catch.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 33 4-man front, 1 blitzer. pitch left for 4 yards.

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2nd and 6 UT 37 4-man fron, LB faking blitz. C overthrows WR left. INC.

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3rd and 6 UT 37 4-man front + 1 blitzer. great pickup by lines. throw to slot on slant too high.

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4th and 6 UT 37 THE PUNT. Stoopid ESPN doesn't bother showing the formations before the snap, instead focusing on Cunningham's earhole. About 6 guys make it to the second level (3 blockers). 3 wait for Cunningham to kick so they can block it. Oy. TD UCLA. XP GOOD.

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TD UCLA XP GOOD

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UT POSSESSION

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Kickoff short kick to 15. great blocking on return up to ~40 but holding penalty. oopsie.

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1st and 10 UT 20 G-Gun (modified Wing) rollout strongside for 11.

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1st and 10 UT 31 handoff inside right tackle. Hardesty 6 yards for a 1st. good blocking, nice hole.

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2nd and 4 UT 36 FLAG false start. Reaction to moving LBs

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2nd and 9 UT 31 Run inside left side for 10. great push by O-line.

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END of 1ST

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1st and 10 UT 41 draw. great pocket setup and blocking by O-line. 5 yards to UT 46 for a 1st.

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2nd and 5 UT 45 5-man rush/blitz. LBs drawn in against run. C hit as passing. Ball to nowhere.

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3rd and 5 UT 45 4-man rush. no blitzer. Pass 10 yards straight up the middle for a 1st. Ball at right height - not high.

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1st and 10 UCLA 45 Formations ???? (How about showing the game, ESPN?) Run up the middle for 3.

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2nd and 7 UCLA 42 6 D-men on line. False start.

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2nd and 12 UCLA 47 5-man front. LBS come up close to snap. False start. Snap count getting predictable. Yargh.

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2nd and 17 UT 48 4-man rush. Easily picked up. Pass deep right for 42 yards (32 + 10 YAC). 1st and 10. Very nice throw.

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1st and 10 UCLA 11 off-tackle left (strongside) for TD Hardesty. strongside guard pulled and DESTROYED OLB on strongside. Yowza. TD UT XP GOOD

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TD UT XP GOOD

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UCLA POSSESSION kickoff to 5, return to 24. average play by both sides

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1st and 10 UCLA 24 FORMATION ???? (ESPN, SHOW THE PLAY, DANGIT!!!!!111) Run up middle for 2.

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2nd and 8 UCLA 26 3 down D-linemen. 3 others shifting in and out of line. 5-man blitz, including a safety from the slot. complete in middle, but lots of duress.

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3rd and 1 UCLA 33 4 down D-linemen. 3 LBs showing blitz. 5 rushers. pocket collapsing, but stacked WR not covered by anybody. Flare out for 4. Great open-field tackle by #7.

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1st and 10 UCLA 37 FLAG UT pre-snap.

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1st and 5 UCLA 42 4-mand front. LBs at traditional positions. run up middle. broken up by DT, great read by LBs. loss of 4

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2nd and 9 UCLA 38 5-man rush. dumpoff pass actually covered for a change. incomplete. great pressure

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3rd and 9 UCLA 38 4-mand front, fake blitz. good work by O-line, but pass short of 1st. typical 3rd down coverage - prevent the 1st. worked. holding penalty ACCEPTED

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3rd and 16 UCLA 31 3-man front, 4 rush. rollout left. pass incomplete. Craft threw off the wrong foot on the run and sailed it.

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4th and 16 UCLA 31 PUNT 42 yards.return for 3.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 32 classic road grading. straight-up push. run up middle for 2 by Foster

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2nd and 8 UT 34 Big blitz of 6. complete but loss of 2.

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3rd and 10 UT 32 4-man rush. picked up well. throw too far inside and a little short. INT by safety. (Contrary to ESPN myth, C actually read through his progressions. he didn't stare down the receiver. just a poor throw into double coverage. that happens on 3rd and longs.)

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 41 4-man rush. Craft flushed out by good rush. INC out of bounds.

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2nd and 10 UT 41 8-in-box. Timeout UCLA.

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2nd and 10 UT 41 ESPN late coming back from commercial. But you do get to see Craft scramble and get tackled after a gain of 3.

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3rd and 7 UT 38 4-man rush. defense lined up at 1st down marker. decent protection. INC OOB

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4th and 7 UT 38 Punt downed by UCLA at 7.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 7 I-formation. UCLA 5 on line. shift to 4 + 4. rush up middle gain of 1.

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2nd and 9 UT 8 LOOONG pass to #12. Too deep. INC.

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3rd and 9 UT 8 dumput pass to RB. tipped by rusher, errant behind RB. no gain.

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4th and 9 UT 8 TIMEOUT UT

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4th and 9 UT 8 PUNT

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 45 pitch right for gain of 1. 4 man rush with good penetration. play designed to avoid big uglies

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2nd and 9 UT 44 4-mand rush. delayed handoff. gain of 3.

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3rd and 6 UT 41 4-man rush. good pickup by line. deep pass INT by Berry. ball in air too long.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 24 I-formation. quick pass right to WR gain of 9.

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2nd and 1 UT 33 Foster Run off-tackle left. Great blocking by line. Brutal stiffarm.

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1st and 10 UCLA 45 dropback pass. 4 man rush but terrific protection. 6 yards complete + 5 YAC

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1st and 10 UCLA 34 Crompton sorta rollout right. rushers coming in. pass thrown away.

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2nd and 10 UCLA 34 dropback into RB. busted play. dangit.

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3rd and 14 UCLA 38 UCLA 3-man front. UT spread, 1 RB, shotgun. 5 rushers. LT slow to pick up edge rusher outside (LB-DE stunt rush). INC, but near sack.

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4th and 14 UCLA 38 55-yd Fg attempt wide left. (Overcompensation from last miss?)

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 38 4-3 D. QB under center. RB, WB, 2 WR. Roll right pass to RB. 9 yard for a first. (No defender tailing RB)

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2nd and 1 UCLA 47 4-3 D. Quick snap, quick pass to WR (coverage brushed by slot, but giving about a 7 yard cushion) ~ 4 yards. INC.

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3rd and 1 UCLA 47 Rush left of center. 1st down. (4-3 D)

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1st and 10 50 yd line 4-3 D. 5-yard cushion on strong side, close coverage on weak side. (Actually, that's been pretty common.) Either the WR ran the wrong route, or Craft threw to the wrong spot. INT McKenzie. TD TENNESSEE.

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TD UT XP GOOD

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UCLA POSSESSION kickoff received at 8, returned to 25.

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1st and 10 UCLA 25 kneeldown.

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*****HALFTIME*****

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