UT Second Half Play-by-Play

Clarification:  When I refer to defensive alignments in the notes, I refer to the line and linebackers by position relative to the line of scrimmage, not by actual role.  For example, UCLA ran the 4-3 exclusively, but often had 2 linebackers parallel with the linemen at the line of scrimmage.  I refer to that as a 6-1 in the notes, partly to give a sense of the geometry of the defense, and partly because I couldn't read the jersey numbers.  Assume everything on both sides is run from a 4-3 defense, but that linebacker alignments affect my counting scheme.  Hat tip to The Power T.  --hooper

 

After the break, you'll find the play-by-play for the scond half and overtime of the UT-UCLA game.  By this time, I had settled on a relatively decent formula for writing the plays; each play has a basic description of the defensive and offensive setups.  I include player names on occasion, but not always.  The reason for this is primarily because I was focused on play calling and play alignments, and secondarily because ESPN didn't always let you know who was involved in the plays.

 

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UT-UCLA 2008 : THE DEBACLE

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Down and Distance Description

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***** 2ND HALF*****

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KICKOFF to UCLA received 5 yards deep, touchback

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 20 4-3 D. I-formation w/ WRs on left. Quick snap. Off-tackle right. 2 yards. #94 limping

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2nd and 8 UCLA 22 3-4 D w/ OLBS at line. 1 back, 3 WR. rightside CB close, leftside CB deep. slot uncovered. Easy pass dropped by WR. Incomplete

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3rd and 8 UCLA 22 D close to line (86ish) w/ one safety really deep. 3 WR, all covered close. Shotgun. 4-man rush very effective. QB flushed out, tackled after 2-yard gain.

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4th and 6 UCLA 24 Punt for 53 yards. Flubbed by Rogan, controlled at UT 21.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 21 5-2 D. I-formationish. Pitch to FOster. Run right. 7 yard gain. (Averaging 5.3 ypr so far)

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2nd and 3 UT 28 4-3 D. I formation. Sellout blitz. Incomplete to WR on hot read. Illegal formation UT (WR not on line of scrimmage).

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2nd and 8 UT 23 4-3 D. Offset I-formation. delayed blitz (5 man rush). delayed handoff - Foster run left. Monster stiffarm. 1st down. (5.7 ypr)

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1st and 10 UT 32 5-3 D. Offset I. 4 man rush. pass underneath to Brandon Warren. 5 yards.

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2nd and 5 UT 37 4-3 D overloaded on weak side. 3-wide, G-Gun in shotgun. 5-man rush (strong side LB). handoff right (strongside) counter to Foster, Jones fake left. 40-yard gain. 1st down.

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1st and 10 UCLA 22 I-formation. 5-man line (5-2). sellout blitz. handoff loss of 5 yards. More blitzers than blockers.

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2nd and 15 UCLA 27 single back, 1 WR, bunch right. 4-3 D. Zone blitz (left DT drops back, right LB rushes). screen pass to Foster INC. Foster washed out in traffic. (Actually, Foster was held by the LB as he jumped for the ball, but who's counting?)

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3rd and 15 UCLA 27 T-formation (1st time tonight?) 4-3 D. 4-man rush. Loads of time. Pass complete to Taylor at 6-yard line. Great blocking.

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1st and 10 UCLA 6 5-2 D. I-formation. 6-man rush. Fumble by Foster. Try securing the ball when running in the interior of a 6-man rush, buddy.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 5 4-3 D. 1 RB, 3 WR. Interior run 3 yard gain.

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2nd and 7 UCLA 8 UCLA bunch right @ TE. 4-3 D, LBs offset toward bunch. Dink pass complete 5 yards. Bounced off receiver, caught by another.

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3rd and 2 UCLA 13 4-3 D, sorta (5-3, but Slot receiver close to TE). adjust to 6-2 pre-snap. 6-man rush. Craft drops back fast and deep, then throws immediately to TE. 1st down.

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1st and 10 UCLA 18 4-3 D. lone back. fake handoff roll left 14 yd completion. Berry go boom.

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1st and 10 UCLA 32 4-3 D. I-formation. Rush up middle for 7.

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2nd and 3 UCLA 39 5-3 D (?) Probably a 4-3 w/ receiver coverage close. single back. Rush up middle for 1 yard. False start not called.

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3rd and 2 UCLA 40 4-3 D. single back. 4 WR. 4-man rush. Craft rollout left, pursued by 2 LBs. pass incomplete. FLAG Illegal formation. Declined

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4th and 2 UCLA 40 Punt received at 10, returned to 20.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 20 Single back. 2 WR. 5-2 D. Rush up middle, bounced out right by Hardesty. 4-yard gain.

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WHO CARES WHERE THE HECK BLACKLEDGE ATE?????!!!!!?????

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2nd and 6 UT 24 Single back. 2 WR left. 4-3 D. 5-man rush (blitz late). 4-yd Pass to WR dropped. (Throw was too high, but WR was open.) Bricoe ain't 7-ft tall.

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3rd and 6 UT 24 shotgun T-formation. 4-3 D. Soft zone. loooong pass to Rogers incomplete. But very, very close.

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4th and 6 UT 24 Punt 38 yards, returned 3 yards to 42. (Note: punts tend to be a little short, but really really high. Safe.)

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 42 shotgun, bunch left. 4-3 D. 3-man rush. NOTE:This is the danger of a soft zone vs. a bunch formation. 2 WR brushed out the zone. One receiver caught an easy, easy 2-yd dump in the middle w/YAC to UT 44. With a 3-man rush and all LBs holding position, there should be absolutely no room for a pass in that area.

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ESPN, YOU'RE GOING TO DRIVE ME TO SWEARING. WHO CARES WHAT BLACKLEDGE ATE?

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GRRRR!!!!!! WHY ARE YOU SHOWING BLACKLEDGE'S LEFTOVERS WHEN THE NEXT PLAY IS ALREADY IN PROGRESS???!!! WHY?

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1st and 10 UT 44 Defense ???, Offense ??? Thanks, ESPN. Appears to be a 4-3 (4-man rush). Near-sack. LB covering TE stopped following him and started watching QB (expecting sack?). pass to TE for 8 yards.

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2nd and 2 UT 36 4-3 D. I-formation. rush left of center. met in backfield but poor tackling. 6 yard gain.

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1st and 10 UT 30 4-3 D. single back, 3 WR. decent rush, but QB rollout left to evade. QB rush 6 yard gain.

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2nd and 4 UT 24 5-2 D. 6-man rush (run blitz). rush up middle loss of 1.

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NORM CHOW LOOKS LIKE WALTER MATTHAU. (Except for the dead part, of course.)

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3rd and 5 UT 25 4-3 D. Still a soft zone (it's been that way almost exclusively.) Single back, 2 WR left. 5 yard dump to WR. (Note to Chavis: that's completely wide open when the CB is playing a 10-yard zone and backpedaling on 3rd and 5. Wha...?) 1st.

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1st and 10 UT 16 6-1 D. (?) single back. big blitz SACK loss of 9.

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2nd and 19 UT 25 4-3 D. Single back. rush up middle for half a yard.

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3rd and 18 UT 24 Single back, 2 WR. 4-3 w/LBs close. 5-man rush (blitz). screen pass incomplete. nice pressure, and fortunate for incompletion.

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4th and 18 UT 24 FG attempt 41 yards good. Offsides declined.

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UT POSSESSION kickoff received at 5, returned to 47.

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1st and 10 UT 47 I-formation. 5-2 D. 5-man rush. Draw to left. 6 yard gain. Hardesty hesitated at LBs, maybe could have gained 2 more with a good charge.

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2nd and 4 UCLA 47 Single back, 2 WR. 5-2 D. 2 LBs come up to line and blitz, 2 from line drop back (5 man rush). picked up very nicely. Pass waaaay to high. Some lucky fan in Alameda has a souvenir.

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3rd and 4 UCLA 47 6-1 D (??!!) shotgun w/ 1 RB, 3 WR. 4 man rush. Ample time, open man. Overthrown.

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4th and 4 UCLA 47 Punt (lots of funky punt formation tonight) out-of-bounds at UCLA 8.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 8 4-3 D. 8-yard zone cushion. single RB, 3 WR. Handoff rush up middle. SMOKED by D-line. Loss of 4.

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***End of 3rd Quarter*** ESPN late to game. HOW CAN YOU BE LATE COMING BACK FROM BREAK BETWEEN QUARTERS???

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2nd and 14 UCLA 4 4-3 D. I-formation. My goodness, when the line sniffs out a run, they're absolute beasts. Shouldabeensafety. loss of 3 1/2.

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3rd and 17 UCLA 1 4-3 D. Offset I, 2 WR. Offside, no play.

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3rd and 12 UCLA 6 4-3 D. I-formation. CBs 5 yds deep. 4-man rush. Pitch to right met by DE. loss of 3.

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4th and 15 UCLA 3 Punt received at UT 41. Returned to UCLA 26.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 26 5-2 D. G-Gun Single Wing. Rush to strong side. No gain. Probably a bad decision to turn the run back inside. Follow your blockers, Jonesy boy.

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2nd and 10 UCLA 26 I-formation. 4-3 D. LB blitz. Play action pass to TE. TE open, but pass too far right (TE coming left to right, so pass too far ahead).

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3rd and 10 UCLA 26 Shotgun 1 RB 3 WR. 5-2 D. Coulda had an offsides. Crompton holds it too long, sacked. He was staring down his receiver, too.

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4th and 17 UCLA 33 FG attempt. 51 yards. Waived off. Delay of game.

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4th and 22 UCLA 38 Punt. funky formation. touchback, but close to being downed at 1.

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 20 4-3 D. 7 yard cushion. single RB, 2 WR, 1 wingback. 4 man rush. Bootleg screenish pass to wide open receiver. 8 yard run.

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2nd and 2 UCLA 28 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB. Pitch run right, gain of 1. Nice run D.

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3rd and 1 UCLA 29 4-3 D. 5 yard cushion (with 1 yard to go on 3rd? with all that's happened already? huh???) single RB, 3 WR. handoff to RB, 1 yard gain.

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1st and 10 UCLA 30 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB. deeep drop and throwback to WR (designed to lure in rushers and throw behind them. complete for 12 yards. LBs backpedaled as soon as ball was snapped. They were 15-20 yards deep when the ball was caught. No wonder the guy had room to run.

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1st and 10 UCLA 42 4-3 D. 1 RB, 3 WR. CB 5 yard cushion AND BACKPEDALING at time of snap. throw to that WR (pass for 3 yards, but the CB had already gone back about 15 yards from LOS) easy run

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1st and 10 UT 45 5-2 D. 1 RB, 3 WR. Holding on Willingham.

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1st and 10 UT 35 4-3 D. 1 RB, 3 WR. soft zone. Throw underneath for 7.

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2nd and 3 UT 28 4-3 D w/ LB on line. 1 RB, 3 WR, shotgun. Handoff to RB. LB untouched on outside blitz. open tackle (Myers-White) for loss of 6.

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3rd and 9 UT 34 5-1 D (nickel/dime). Wr coverage 3 yards deep. 2 safeties WAAAAAY deep (5-10 yds beyond 1st down marker?) 1 RB, 3 WR, shotgun. slant caught at 25, tackled at 23 for a 1st down. [By the time the ball was snapped, the coverage on the slot was back 5 yards, just past the 30. Coverage on slot was deep zone w/ LB on inside, but both were too far away during the entire play. BTW, the slot coverage was Berry.] Craft hit, limped as he got up.

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1st and 10 UT 22 4-3 d. 2 WR, I-formation. 4-man rush. Both ends cleared the tackles on the outside effectively. Pass to TE caught at 3-yard line for first. Coverage may have read an outside route; TE went inside. Both CB and safety too far away. [Yeah, CB got duped by a head fake. He spun around and turned backwards to the play and lost the TE.]

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1st and G UT 3 4 DL, but 9 in box. 1 WR, I-formation. Pitch run right. The infamous wrong-hand TD. Still, he cleared the end of the defense on the short side; probably shouldn't have happened. We knew that their O-line couldn't contain our D-line. No need to focus that much firepower in the middle.

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TD UCLA XP Good.

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UT POSSESSION Kickoff received at end zone, returned to 32. Just under 7 minutes left in the game.

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1st and 10 UT 32 4-3 D. Single Wingish w/ QB under center. 1 WR left. 1 Blitzer (5-man rush. great protection. pass incomplete to UCLA 45. Slightly underthrew Warren.

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2nd and 10 UT 32 5-2 D. 4 of 5 rush, along with LB blitzer. 3 WR left, 1 RB. rush deflected pass and got in Crompton's grill. INC.

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3rd and 10 UT 32 4-3 D. 3 WR, Shotgun T-formation. 4-man rush, but 5th showing blitz. Facemask sack. 1st down. (right side of line didn't handle stunt properly)

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1st and 10 UT 48 4-3 D. soft zone. 2 WR, offset I. 7-man blitz (!!!) Handoff to Foster, blitz overran him. Still a loss of 1 due to sheer numbers. (A pass play would have been a 5-yard loss)

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2nd and 11 UT 47 6 D on line, 2 LB. 1 RB, 2 WR. 7-man rush (!!!). Picked up well, but a 7-man rush won't give much time. Pass to triple coverage incomplete. Crompton slow to rise. Possible concussion moment; incidental helmet-to-helmet on tackle.

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Timeout UT

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3rd and 11 UT 47 5-2 D. shotgun T, 3 WR. 5-man rush. Crompton scramble 10 yards. (Yes, wvvol, Crompton did have his mouthpiece in his mouth while calling the play.) (5 minutes left)

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4th and 1 UCLA 43 EVERYBODY up tight on both sides. QB sneak. 1st.

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1st and 10 UCLA 41 4-3 D. I-formation, 2 WR. staggered 8-man rush. (yes, 8). naked screen to Taylor. 7 yards.

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2nd and 3 UCLA 34 5-2 D. I-formation, 1 WR, 1 close receiver. 5-man rush (1 lineman dropped back, one LB blitzed). dumpoff pass to Cooper

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1st and 10 UCLA 31 4-3 D. Offset I, 2 WR. 4-man rush, LBs reading play. handoff run left. 4-yard gain

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2nd and 4 UCLA 27 5-2 D. Single Wingish, 1 WR, QB under center. 4 man rush, great protection. pass complete for 5.

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3rd and 1 UCLA 22 I-formation, everybody in close. Hardesty rush up middle for 3. about 2 minutes left.

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1st and 10 UCLA 19 5-2 D. offset I, 2 WR. 5-man rush, 2 LBs reading play. Hardesty rush for TOUCHDOWN.

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TD UT XP Good. 1:54 left on the clock.

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UCLA POSSESSION Kickoff received by up-man at 20, returned to 30.

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1st and 10 UCLA 30 4-3 D, LB sneaks up. 4 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 5-yard cushion for everybody, but right side slot uncovered. pass straight ahead to right side slot caught for about 13, YAC for total gain of 21.

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1st and 10 UT 49 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 6 yard cushion. Pass complete 10 yards.

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1st and 10 UT 39 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 5 yard cushion. Odd how 1 LB is always playing at safety depth. Where are the safeties? THey're not on the camera, which shows 15 yards downfield. Nevermind, measure to double-check spot now that UCLA saw UT's defense.

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2nd and 1foot UT 39 4-3 D, identical to previous description. (!!) 3 WR, 1 RB, shotgun, same as previous. Quick slant incomplete. REceiver was open.

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3rd and 1foot UT 39 4-3 D. 5 yard cushion. 2 WR, 1 more by TE, 1 RB, QB under center. QB sneak for first. (Also the first QB-under-center play in a long, long time. Gee.)

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1st and 10 UT 38 4-3 D. 5 yard cushions. 3 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. (Again.) 1 minute to go. 3-man Rush flushes QB, but pass complete up middle for 9. (LBs had dropped back 5 yards beyond 1st down line.) [On replay, the TE stopped and sat at the 1st down marker. No LB covered him. Gah.]

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Timeout UCLA (1 left, UT has 2) 49 seconds left.

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2nd and 1 UT 29 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 5 man rush, picked up well by O-line. Pass complete near left sideline at 13 yard line. Receiver tackled OOB.

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Timeout UT. 44 seconds left. each team with 1 TO left.

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1st and 10 UT 11 4-3 D., CBs up close. 3 WR, 1 RB, QB under center. (WARNING!! QB NOT IN SHOTGUN!!! UT, DO YOU SEE THIS?) 4-man rush. Screen pass complete to TE beyond line of scrimmage. Illegal man downfield (center) not called.

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Timeout UCLA. 35 s left. UT 1 TO left.

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2nd and 2 UT 3 4-3 D, 9 in box. 3 WR, 1 RB, QB under center. (WARNING!!! QB NOT IN SHOTGUN!!!) pass up center to TE incomplete.

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3rd and 2 UT 3 4-3 D, 9 in box. power formation overload to left. QB in shotgun. RB splits wide right. 4-man rush. Pass complete to TE up middle for touchdown.

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TD UCLA XP GOOD

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UT POSSESSION kickoff received at 29 by up-man (Warren), returned to 43.

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23 seconds left

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1st and 10 UT 43 3-2-6 D. 4 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 5 man rush. Pass to Warren incomplete (underthrow). 18 seconds left

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2nd and 10 UT 43 Same prevent. 4 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 5 man rush. picked up better this time. Pass to Rogers complete.

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1st and 10 UCLA 41. Spike to stop clock. 12 seconds left, 1 Timoeout UT

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2nd and 10 UCLA 41 Prevent D. 3 WR, 1 RB. shotgun. 3-man rush. pass complete for 11 yards.

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Timeout UT. 5 seconds left.

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1st and 10 UCLA 30 FG attempt good. 24-24. Overtime.

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*****OVERTIME*****

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UCLA POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UT 25 5-2 D. CBs up close. I-formation, 2 WR. Play action. 5 man rush. Pass to covered RB incomplete. LBs well involved in play.

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2nd and 10 UT 25 4-3 D. 3 WR, 1 RB, QB under center. Pitch left to RB, no gain.

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3rd and 10 UT 25 4-3 D. 2 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 4 man rush. QB flushed and hurried. Pass incomplete; wouldn't have been a 1st anyhow.

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4th and 10 UT 25 FG attempt good. UCLA leads 27-24.

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UT POSSESSION

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1st and 10 UCLA 25 5-2 D. Offset I, 2 WR. Pitch left. No gain.

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2nd and 10 UCLA 25 5-2 D. 2 WR, 1 RB, shotgun. 4 man rush. outlet pass 4 yard gain.

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3rd and 6 UCLA 21 5-3 D. Single Wing, 1 WR. 4 man rush. lotsa time, but no pass. Crompton scramble for 4 yards.

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4th and 2 UCLA 17 FG attempt 34 yds failed.

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UCLA WIN 27-24.

 

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