It shows you how easily folks can be duped by coaches who talk as if their team has just returned from war and taken casualties.
It was so obvious Hundley was under wraps that when he had the opportunity to run, he stopped and threw the ball.
"OK, just between you and me," I said to Mora at Friday night's news conference after UCLA's 27-24 loss, "did you hold back on Hundley last week?"
"No," Mora said, and we already know from experience he doesn't always tell the truth.
"You didn't set him free this week?" I asked.
"No," Mora said, although Hundley ran 16 times for 83 yards, thereby making the Bruins' offense so much more formidable.
"Any explanation why he didn't run last week and did this week?" I asked, proud of myself that I posed it in the form of question rather than offering a statement.
"He did a nice job this week of taking what was there," Mora said. "They played a little bit more man-to-man, and when defenses have their backs to you, you take off and run. I thought Brett did a good job of that tonight.
"That's obviously an element of his game we like to accentuate," Mora said. Just not last week in a game that didn't matter.
As a result Stanford was looking at a different UCLA team Friday night, one now really playing all-out.
It made for an entertaining game, Stanford breaking a fourth-quarter tie with a field goal and Mora electing to go for a 52-yard field goal on wet turf rather than go for it on fourth and five with 34 seconds left.
A poor snap led to a poor field-goal attempt. Someone wins, someone loses.
"Right now it's probably not a great word to use, but we need to mourn a little bit; get over this one," Mora said. Please, it was just a football game.
I can already hear the collective gasp from Bruins' fans who will be outraged because their gladiators aren't getting their sappy due.
But there are folks dealing with far worse than a football loss, all this hand-wringing and talk about young men sacrificing so much just more sports nonsense.
Enough already with the end-of-the-world thing when a team loses.
We're all glad that everyone played their hearts out to win a game, but how about a little perspective — as hopeless as that might be to locate anymore in sports today.
No one's life changed Friday night because UCLA lost, or they don't have one.
Shoot, Bond lost M, and picked right up with the next one.
In a few weeks the Bruins will play another football game and they will try to win a bowl game.
I worry the Bruins didn't hold anything back for it, and while Bruins fans look for just the right swear word to express their disgust, I'm looking forward to a great Saturday.