Maybe that's why the 6-foot, 240-pound sophomore is not stressing about what happened the last time BYU faced UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Unga ran for just 16 yards on 17 carries in the 17-16 win, well below his averages after rushing for 1,211 yards in the regular season in his record-breaking freshman season.
Unga said Wednesday he expects the Bruins to pack the box with eight or nine guys near the line of scrimmage on Saturday in an effort to replicate the Vegas Bowl shutdown.
"We have our goals and we have our pillars as to where we stand as running backs and we are going to fight for every yard that we can get, whether it is 5 or 500, we are going to fight the best we can and contribute to the team the best we can," he said. "But if they take away the run, other guys will get a chance to step up, and that's fine with me."
Unga rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries last week against Washington, the eighth time in his short career that he has surpassed 100 rushing yards in a game.
BYU quarterback Max Hall said that receiver Austin Collie, his best friend on the team, "finally feels like he is 100 percent back and feeling great, and he's got his legs underneath him and he's back in shape, so [we are] looking good there."
Hall added Collie will be featured a lot Saturday. "We have a lot of stuff, and we are going to do a lot of stuff with Austin. He could have a big game."
The quarterback said that he is so familiar with UCLA after having played the Bruins twice last year that "I almost have all their games memorized now."
Honing in on Craft
UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft has played in LaVell Edwards Stadium before. He started for San Diego State in 2006 when the Aztecs lost 47-17 to the Cougars. Craft completed 20 of 32 passes for 216 yards and an interception in that game.
"It's a good experience playing there. It gets loud up there, and they rock that stadium," he told the Los Angeles Daily News. "I've talked to a few of my teammates about it. You make the bus ride to Provo, and it's a little bit different. It's not like going to Michigan where they rock the bus and scream [obscenities] at you."