UCLA Headed Off By The Pass In Washington

UCLA (4-6) needs wins in its final two games to become bowl eligible.

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UCLA Vs. Washington: Bruins Putrid Passing Leads To 24-7 Loss

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Chris Polk rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown as the Washington Huskies downed the UCLA Bruins, 24-7, in a Pac-10 game at Husky Stadium. Jesse Callier rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries for the Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10), who kept their bowl hopes alive with the win.

Jake Locker was just 10-of-21 through the air for Washington for just 68 yards. Jonathan Franklin rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries for UCLA (4-6, 2-5), and Franklin scored the Bruins' only touchdown. Three UCLA quarterbacks (Richard Brehaut, Clayton Tunney and Darius Bell) were just 6-of-25 combined for only 55 yards with three interceptions. All three Washington touchdowns were set up by interceptions.

The Bruins opened the scoring when Franklin dashed 31 yards for the game's first touchdown with 5:20 left in the opening quarter. The Huskies tied the game when Locker scored on a three-yard run with 5:57 left in the first half. Washington took the lead for good on Erik Folk's 27-yard field goal with 11:06 left in the third quarter, the first three of 17 straight points.

Darius Bell extended the Huskies' lead to 17-7 by intercepting Bell's pass and taking it 28 yards to the end zone with 6:22 left in the game. Polk added an insurance touchdown on a two-yard run with 4:24 left. Washington ran for 253 rushing yards, a season high. UCLA, which still has bowl aspirations as well, managed just 163 yards of total offense.

For more UCLA football news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. Washington: Game Preview

(Sports Network) - A couple of Pac-10 Conference teams sporting just a pair of league wins each clash on the gridiron in Seattle on Thursday night, as the Washington Huskies entertain the UCLA Bruins.

The Huskies have been a huge disappointment this season with a total of just three wins, although one of those did come against 18th-ranked USC on the road early last month. More recently Washington has dropped three in a row and four of the last five games, including an ugly 53-16 decision versus nationally- ranked Oregon on the road back on November 6th.

Meanwhile the Bruins, who are coached by former Washington head man Rick Neuheisel, have been hit hard by injuries this year and because of that have just four wins in nine tries. The squad did step up and take down Oregon State in a 17-14 final back on November 6 to snap a three-game slide and keep hope alive for a possible bowl bid if the winning continues, but it will be a stretch.

UCLA holds a 38-29-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Huskies, with the Bruins capturing 11 of the last 13 encounters. Last season UCLA held off Washington's comeback bid in Pasadena by capturing a slim 24-23 victory.

Taking on four nationally-ranked programs this season, the Bruins have not had an easy time of it and with losing starting quarterback Kevin Prince to injury the battle just became that much harder. Richard Brehaut has tried to step in and make the4 transition as painless as possible with an efficiency rating of 110.89, but the fact that he has more interceptions (four) than he does TD passes (two) in 107 attempts doesn't help matters. There's no single, stand- out receiver that Brehaut can lean on either because no one has more than 15 catches this season. In terms of ground coverage, Johnathan Franklin gives the Bruins their best option with an average of just 100 ypg, although Derrick Coleman has scored almost as many TDs (six-to-five) on a fraction of the carries and is averaging nearly 6.5 yards per attempt.

The loss of Patrick Larimore to a shoulder injury has really taken the punch out of the linebacking crew for the Bruins. In just seven games Larimore was responsible for five tackles for loss and, more importantly, three forced fumbles. Akeem Ayers has appeared and started in all nine games for the Bruins this season and has also been one of the players to watch on defense with his team-leading nine TFLs and four sacks, not to mention a pair of interceptions and two recovered fumbles. In terms of pass defense, at least in the secondary, there is still room for great improvement because at this stage UCLA has but four interceptions and that has greatly effected the squad's turnover margin which currently stands at minus-0.89 per game which is last in the conference and 113th in the nation entering the week.

So little has gone right for the Washington offense this season its almost sad to ponder. Quarterback Jake Locker, who many believed would have been the first QB taken in last year's draft had he decided to come out early, has been having some serious problems against the better defenses in the Pac-10. Granted, he's still averaging 209.8 ypg through the air, but he has just 14 TDs and has tossed six interceptions, not the sort of numbers that give pro scouts reason to tout you to their bosses. Locker has cut down greatly on his running in recent weeks as well, producing just 43 net yards on the ground over the last five games. Chris Polk continues to get the bulk of the carries, leading to 730 yards and four TDs, but the rushing attack is now ranked seventh in the conference and 75th nationally with only 143.3 ypg so it really doesn't scare anybody.

Twice this season the Huskies have allowed at least 53 points and in the last three setbacks the squad has been outscored by a combined 138-30 so even if Locker was able to string some scoring drives together for the Washington offense it wouldn't make much of a difference. At this stage the run defense is allowing a whopping 219.6 ypg and that has the Huskies ranked last in the league and 118th in the country. Because of all that action on the ground there are plenty of tackles to be made, which is why someone like Mason Foster is ranked first in the Pac-10 and second in the entire nation with an average of 12.67 tackles per contest. Certainly, if Washington put up more of a fight at the line of scrimmage Foster wouldn't be required to be involved as much as he is right now.

For more UCLA football news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. Washington: Bruins Have Won Three Straight Over Huskies

The UCLA Bruins need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible, making Thursday night's contest at Husky Stadium against Washington vital. The Bruins have done very well in the recent past against the Huskies, winning their last three matchups, and eight of their last nine encounters. Here is a look at the last 10 meetings between UCLA and Washington:

  • 2009: at UCLA 24, Washington 23
  • 2008: UCLA 27, at Washington 7
  • 2007: at UCLA 44, Washington 31
  • 2006: at Washington 29, UCLA 19
  • 2005: at No. 20 UCLA 21, Washington 17
  • 2004: UCLA 37, at Washington 31
  • 2003: at UCLA 46, No. 18 Washington 16
  • 2002: UCLA 34, at Washington 24
  • 2001: at No. 7 UCLA 35, No. 10 Washington 13
  • 2000: at No. 7 Washington 35, UCLA 28

UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington 38-29-2. In Seattle, the Bruins are 14-19-1. Head coach Rick Neuheisel is 3-0 against Washington, including 2-0 while at UCLA.

For more UCLA football news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA Heads To Washington For Thursday Night Affair On ESPN

The UCLA Bruins begin their march toward bowl eligibility as they travel to Husky Stadium in Seattle to face the Washington Huskies. The Thursday night contest is the second Thursday night nationally televised game this season for the Bruins. The 5 p.m. kickoff will be televised on ESPN, with Rece Davis, Craig James, and Jesse Palmer on the call, and Jenn Brown on the sidelines.

UCLA is 4-5 on the season, including 2-4 in the Pac-10, needs two wins in their final three games to be bowl-eligible. After Washington, the Bruins also travel to Arizona State and host USC. The Bruins beat Temple in the EagleBank Bowl last season, and have played in a bowl game in seven of their previous eight seasons.

The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Huskies, 38-29-2, and have won the last three meetings between the two teams. The last win by Washington was in 2006, a 29-19 home win. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel is 3-0 against Washington in his career, including 2-0 while at UCLA.

Washington, also at 2-4 in conference, faces an even more difficult path to bowl eligibility. At 3-6, they must win their final three games to achieve the requisite six wins on the season. After hosting UCLA, they travel to California and Washington State.

For more UCLA football news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.

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