September 5, 2008

Kevin Craft gets it done

In the timeframe of one halftime, UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft changed from goat to hero. The young Bruin signal caller showed a lot of intestinal fortitude by rebounding from a first half performance that was closer to Hannah Montana, when he returned for the third quarter, he started to play more like Joe Montana.

Craft expertly ran the two-minute drill and that was the difference maker between winning and losing. had a few moments with the newly minted Bruin hero after practice. Kevin can you walk us through the first half?

Craft: "Tennessee was going to the two high stuff and we took a couple of shots expecting them to be in some other stuff and I was trying to force the ball up the field a little bit instead of just coming down to the check down or run it or do something like that and move onto the next play. I was just trying to force stuff in there and I didn't have to do that. I should have just managed the game and I think after I threw those four picks I was pretty riled up.

"I came into halftime and I settled down a little bit. The team talked to me patted me on the butt a little and Coach Chow and Coach Neuheisel talked about what they're doing. They kind of gave a chance to settle down and think about was going on and move on from there. Kevin, did you ever in the first half start to doubt yourself and that you could get it done?

Craft: "No, I mean that never really crossed my mind because I knew exactly what I was thinking on every single throw. Part of that is like I said just being smart as a quarterback. I made those mistakes and you try to learn from them and move on and not make the same mistakes again.

"I came out the second half and I think some of those same plays that we were running. We were just coming underneath the stuff and just moving on."

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