There were a lot of positives and negatives to takeaway from the Cougs 27-21 win, but here are three at stood out most to me:
1. Cougar D makes UCLA earn every yard
Other than a couple late drives that allowed the Bruins to get back into the game, it was rare to see UCLA find any success during their 26-minutes of possession Saturday night. Every ball that was caught, every run that was attempted - there were Coug defenders right there to stop the play short. The front seven continued to wreak havoc in the backfield as they have for the past three games. Dylan Hanser was a huge piece to puzzle to shut down the Bruin's offense as he forced two huge turnovers. Not only that, the secondary had their best game of the season so far picking off Mike Faufal twice and recovering two fumbles.
2. Cracraft came up big in the clutch
River Cracraft and Luke Falk have something very special going on right now. Their chemistry and timing has reached a new level over the past two games - something that seems to have been missing ever since the Connor Halliday era. From one-handed grabs to fourth down conversions, Cracraft came up big when the Cougs needed a spark to keep the offense and a drive alive. This duo is becoming one of the team's most dangerous weapons on offense, which is something the Cougs have a whole lot of right now.
3. Marks getting star treatment
There is something to be said about the lack of overall production from Gabe Marks this year, and I don’t think that it has anything to do with his capability on the field. From what I have seen throughout the season, every defender that lines up across from Marks plays with a chip on their shoulder. They’ve all heard the hype, and now they want a piece of one of what many consider one of the best receivers in the nation. Not only is Marks constantly facing each teams best DB, double teams and various zone coverage combinations have directly affected his targets, which then reflect in the stat sheets.