In person, it was clear that the primary difference between the UCLA Bruins and Rice Owls Thursday night was not skill-position talent. Of course, UCLA is loaded in that area, but Rice's skill players aren't bad either.
But Thursday night's dominating 49-24 UCLA win illuminated the importance of quality depth and physical domination by the offensive and defensive lines.
UCLA, aided by Datone Jones on the defensive line and Jeff Baca on the offensive line, reminded football observers that great play in the trenches is ultimately the key to victory in football, no matter the level.
Of course, the Bruins were aided by outstanding efforts from senior running back Johnathan Franklin and tight end Joseph Fauria as well.