UCLA Football: 5 Talking Points from Bruins Win over Washington State

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UCLA Football: 5 Talking Points from Bruins Win over Washington State
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UCLA 28, Washington State 25.

UCLA got just what they needed Saturday night: a win over a quality opponent. Down eight with 12:25 to play, the Bruins rallied with big plays in big situations to eek out the three-point win.

There were many heroes in blue and gold last night. 

Take wide receiver Shaq Evans, who snagged the go-ahead touchdown grab (his only reception of the game) before collapsing hurt in the end zone. 

Consider unheralded Tyler Gonzalez, who had only been practicing with the team for three weeks since leaving his job as UCLA Soccer's team manager. He buried two extra points like a seasoned veteran. 

Or look to the injury-plagued secondary, where corner Andrew Abbot plies his trade. It was the junior who picked off Marshall Lobbestael to seal the win. 

But of all the stars that emerged for UCLA Saturday, none shone brighter than the redeemed Kevin Prince.

After throwing three picks in the first quarter of his last start against Texas, the embattled QB stepped in magnificently when Richard Brehaut went down. He efficiently commanded the offense to their second-highest point total in 2011.

There is plenty to comment on after an exciting night in Pasadena, so let's get to it. Here are five talking points from the win over WSU.

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