UCLA Stuns Oregon? Don’t Count on it.
According to the Associated Press, the UCLA Bruins triumphed over the Oregon Ducks 21-20 behind three touchdown passes thrown by world-renowned college quarterback, Bob Jones.
The Bruins, down 20-14 with ten seconds left, managed to pull off one of the most miraculous upsets in college football history as Jones connected for a touchdown on the final play with UCLA securing the win by converting the subsequent extra point.
Yet, the way the game ended was not the only miraculous thing that happened between the Ducks and the Bruins on Thursday afternoon.
Unknown to the rest of the nation and the NCAA governing body, the Ducks and Bruins convened for a secret college football contest to jump start the season. They meandered their way around the press, found their way into a stadium, and competed in what is surely to be known as a classic.
The only problem? It never actually happened.
Much to the dismay of Bruins fans, UCLA’s football team did not prevail over the Ducks on Monday afternoon.
According to numerous sites such as the ever-mocking Deadspin.com, the AP composed what is suspected to have been a test plug for the upcoming college football season and accidentally ran it as an actual news release. Due to the popularity of the AP releases, numerous sites such as the New York Times and the Washington Post automatically run stories from the AP on their site.
The result from the Oregon-UCLA release? Hilarity and somebody’s boss probably becoming quite upset.
Not only does college football not start until Thursday, the Ducks don’t play their first game until Saturday and do not even have UCLA listed on their schedule for the 2012 season. Due to conference expansion, the Ducks will not face two teams from the Pac-12 during the regular season, with Utah and UCLA not facing the Ducks until 2013.
Though there is a new scheduling rotation in the Pac-12, the Bruins and the Ducks did meet during the 2011 season when they went head-to-head in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. The contest was held on December 2nd and resulted in a resounding Oregon victory that propelled them to their third straight BCS Bowl and second Rose Bowl in three years.
In that contest, Oregon would triumph over Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers to secure their first Rose Bowl victory since 1917.
While it is no surprise that many Bruins would like to enact some vengeance against an Oregon program that has had their way with them in recent years, they will have to wait at least another year (unless both they and the Ducks face off in the Pac-12 Championship game again) to do so.
If there is anything that we can take away from this story, it is that just about everybody is ready for football season to kick back into action. And with a kickoff set for Thursday, college football fans do not have to wait long at all.
Let’s just hope UCLA quarterback Bob Jones lives up to the hype he has been given by the AP and not cave under the pressure of a highly anticipated season.