A day or so after watching my Cougs squeak out a win in the Vegas Bowl, I'm feeling more positive. UCLA played extremely well, especially on the defensive end, and looked better than their 6-7 record indicates.
They did a great job stopping the BYU's run and denying the pass to tight ends and running backs, the Cougars' bread and butter this year. I wish Hall had gone deep to Reed or Collie a bit more; UCLA was leaving their corners in one-on-one situations on the outside and were burned a few times.
And really, the blocked field goal was a great play. Sure, it was lucky, but the effort of Manumaleuna and Denney was herculean. A great cap to a hard-fought game.
BYU is 22-4 over the last two seasons, and returns a ton of starters for next year. I'm excited to see how Hall progresses over this offseason... he was almost great this year, and with more experience, he'll get there.
The future looks bright.
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