It’s still sinking in; today’s heartbreaking loss. Football is said to be a game of inches and for the most part it’s true. Sheldon Price came up inches short of defending a TD pass that ultimately won the game for Stanford. Big Joe Fauria came up inches short of making a critical sideline catch on a late drive. Fuller came up inches sort of getting out of bounds to stop the clock when we had no TO’s left. The Mayor had a spectacular game, but took his eyes off the ball on a critical 3rd down play on the final that lead to a 4th and 5 and a failed 52 yard field goal try. A bad snap that was inches too low. Those inches magnified enough to cause a long enough and high enough kick to go just wide left. In the rain.
Stanford earned their No. 8 ranking. Nobody ran on Stanford. Not Tailback U. Not the Mighty Ducks. Nobody, except for #23 Johnathan Franklin. The Mayor of LA running behind his 3 freshman, 1 sophomore and one senior O-linemen tore up the Cardinal for 201 yards rushing and 2 TDs.
Stanford, however, won the game of turnovers. In the pouring rain or in between, with treacherous footing, there was all of one pick and no fumbles. The pick was turned to 7 points on a drive that should have led to a Bruin 10 pt lead at least.
That was the game, in a nutshell. Both teams played every second of every play of every quarter from kickoff to final whistle. I have to think back a long ways to recall a Bruin team that I could say that about.
This loss hurts. Badly. 24 hours to mourn. We’ll know where and who we play on Monday or Tuesday. I expect Mora and Company to send the seniors out with a significant bowl victory, setting the tone for next season.
I just can’t wait for Signing Day and Spring ball!