Our UCLA blog, Bruins Nation, weighs in or Tuesday's EagleBank Bowl. They admit that is was far from pretty, but it's a still win -- a bowl win -- and it gave the Bruins a winning record in 2009.
It certainly wasn't a pretty first half. The Bruins flat out didn't show up to play in the first 30 minutes and even in the second 30 minutes, it wasn't a perfectly played half for UCLA, but they did what they needed to do to win the game, 30-21. That's a bowl game win, a great way to send the seniors off and an 7-6 record for the year, which is the first over-.500 season under CRN. [...]
In the end, it was the Bruins' athleticism that won out. Austin's TD was in large part due to the speed Austin had, being able to gallop down the sideline. Ayers' magnificent pick was just a pure athletic play and the UCLA defense turned when they were able to get into space and run.