Tennessee-UCLA Provides Most Excitement of First Week

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2008

Phil Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers versus Rick Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins was the game of the week, and far as most media outlets were concerned. Boy, did it live up to the billing.

The Bruins overcame four first-half interceptions from third-stringer Kevin Craft to win a thriller 27-24 in overtime.

Craft, who looked lucky to even be a third-stringer for the Bruins in the first half, came out with a vengeance in the latter periods, erasing the Volunteers' seven point halftime lead.

After Craft marched his ball club down the field in the closing minutes, putting the Bruins ahead by three with 27 seconds remaining, Fulmer's offense had one last opportunity to extend the game.

Jonathon Crompton looked dynamite on the last series' for the Vols, setting up a 47-yard field goal for kicker Daniel Lincoln. Lincoln delivered the ball straight through the uprights as time expired to send the game into extra time.

After the Vols stood strong on defense, allowing a 42-yard field goal, Lincoln's attempt was left the whole way, allowing the Bruins and Neuheisel to celebrate.

Whether you are a fan of the Bruins or not, you have to appreciate the fact that Neuheisel came into his alma mater with former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, and got the job done against a formidable SEC opponent.

When many thought all was lost after Ben Olson broke a bone in his foot in preseason, but Craft stepped up in the second half to atone for his many errors in the opening stage.