LOS ANGELES - The numbers drift up there like ominous clouds, "59" and "0," raining over UCLA's post-Tennessee parade.
Rick Neuheisel wishes he could just forget them.
But he cannot.
BYU's score from a year ago, 59, taunts him.
UCLA's zero taunts him more.
But in Week 2 of last season, when BYU doled out that 59-0 rout in Provo, Utah, the nightmares began to form.
"I don't know that I'll ever forget 59-0, if you're asking me personally," Neuheisel said.
"Young people have shorter memories and maybe that's a blessing. But it was part of what we said to the team yesterday. If you don't play with great emotion and great energy every time out, you put yourself at risk."
It was the classic "letdown" game.
UCLA traveled to Provo having just upset Tennessee in overtime 27-24 at the Rose Bowl, knowing the No. 18 Cougars would be a stout test, but surely thinking it would be close.
But BYU scored 35 points in the second quarter and quarterback Max Hall threw seven touchdowns in handing the Bruins their worst loss since 1929.
This year, UCLA again defeated Tennessee 19-15 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
This year, the Bruins say, there will be no letdown.
"We wanted to make sure guys were having fun, but Sunday, I let them know, `We won, it's time to get ready for Kansas State,"' said redshirt senior middle linebacker Reggie Carter, who led the team with 20 tackles against BYU last season.
"Last year, we beat Tennessee and we went to BYU and got embarrassed. We're happy we're 2-0, but we're not satisfied. Our goal is to get to 3-0, not 2-1."
UCLA will have to do it without its starting quarterback, though.
Neuheisel said redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince had surgery Monday to get his jaw wired shut after it was fractured in two places in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win. Neuheisel boarded the plane after the game Saturday with no idea his quarterback would miss the following month.
"Maybe it's just a testament to his toughness, but no, I didn't," Neuheisel said. "He was over there grinning even after they were stitching his cheek. There was a lot of blood, and it was kind of a locker-room scene if you will. He was complaining of a tooth, not a jaw fracture."
Neuheisel said the decision for starting quarterback would be made at Tuesday's practice. ... UCLA is hopeful wide receiver Gavin Ketchum and running back Christian Ramirez will be healthy enough to play, and Neuheisel said offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani should resume running tomorrow.