UCLA middle linebacker Reggie Carter can still hear the thud of the football being driven into the arm of BYU's Eathyn Manumaleuna on the last play of last season, when the Cougars blocked Kai Forbath's game-winning field goal attempt in the Las Vegas Bowl.
So, even though the Bruins opened the season by defeating Tennessee, Carter always gazed toward Saturday's matchup at No. 18 BYU in a special way.
"I've been waiting for this game since that field goal was blocked," Carter said. "Tennessee, SEC, great game, but this game touches my soul. I was crying after we lost that game. That hurt bad. That is probably up there on my top two or three most painful moments of football."
BYU's last loss came Sept.15, 2007, at Tulsa. The Cougars escaped Seattle with a one-point win Saturday against Washington to extend their nation's best winning streak to 12 games, and Carter said he was glad.
"I'm looking forward to this game. I want to dominate," Carter said. "I don't want to just win. I want to dominate. I want them to feel like I did after that bowl game, and the only way to do that is to beat them."
The Cougars (2-0) are led by Arizona State transfer Max Hall at quarterback, tight end Dennis Pitta (21 catches) and capable receivers Austin Collie (12 catches) and Michael Reed (11 catches).
Bruins defensive tackle Brigham Harwell said BYU is physical because many of the players are older, having gone on two-year church missions before returning to the football team.
"This is a BYU team that is better than Tennessee," Harwell said. "It's a different (type of) game. This team is a different age. We're playing a bunch of grown men."
Shifting OL: The tinkering continued with UCLA's offensive line as left guard Darius Savage practiced with the first team and Scott Glicksberg, who started against Tennessee, was with the second unit.
Overall, it was not a stellar practice for the offensive line.
"They weren't terrific (Monday), but I just believe in them," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. "They just have to understand that they are not at a place with the luxury of taking a day off. They have to continue to fight, scratch, claw to get better."
Injury update: Neuheisel said it was too early to tell whether running back Kahlil Bell (ankle sprain) would be available Saturday.
"I don't think we're ready to rule him out of the game," Neuheisel said. "I think Wednesday probably will be the last day we hold out hope."
Also, receiver Gavin Ketchum (mononucleosis) and offensive tackle Mike Harris, both of whom sat out of the opener, would be available against the Cougars, but receiver Nelson Rosario (knee) was questionable, Neuheisel said.
"The question is conditioning for Gavin," Neuheisel said, "but I think he can go up there and give us 10 to 15 snaps."
Familiar face: Neuheisel and USC coach Pete Carroll were both at the Inglewood-Long Beach Wilson high school game Friday, and actually chatted for a bit.
"I knew right then we were on the right guy," Neuheisel said with a grin.
Also: Neuheisel said an MRI showed freshman quarterback Nick Crissman did not have a torn labrum, and likely will not need surgery. He will rest his shoulder and could return to scout team duties this season. ... Receiver Marcus Everett (dislocated toe) could return Sept. 20 against Arizona. ... Tight end Logan Paulsen had a screw inserted into his broken right foot Friday. It remains uncertain whether he will return this season.