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. BruinBlitz.com had a few moments with the newly minted Bruin hero after practice.
BruinBlitz.com: 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.
BruinBlitz.com: 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."
For the rest of the interview check out BruinBlitz.com...
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