Playing under the lights invokes emotion from even the most hardened, grizzled, testosterone-filled football players.
Memories of playing Friday night high school games come flooding back, the early days when the foundation of the game was laid. It was in those early days that players dreamt of playing in front of big, roaring crowds in big, meaningful games.
Which is what makes night games at the Rose Bowl special.
"By the time you're getting back into the locker room (during warm-ups) it's already dark outside and you don't know it," said offensive lineman Xavier Su-a-Filo. "Having the lights on in the Rose Bowl, that just feels like football.'
It's a scene that head coach Jim Mora, who has coached in the biggest venues and stages in football, is still taken aback by.
"A 7:07 kickoff at the Rose Bowl is pretty spectacular," Mora said. "The sky is beautiful, the atmosphere is amazing, it's electric in there."
Saturday, when the No. 21-ranked Bruins take the field to face Nev...