Huskies can dig up only 7 points in bone-afide, 27-7 Road win for the Bruins
This season for UCLA, a W is a W, even if it’s against 0-10 UW.
The Bruins were in Seattle on Saturday to face the Nation’s only winless team, and despite being only a 7-point favorite, dominated play and handed the emotionally-charged Huskies a 20-point defeat.
The night game was Washington’s Senior Night, and the final Home game for lame duck Head Coach Ty Willimgham. It also marked the return of ex-Husky Head Coach Rick Neuheisel, whom many Husky fans BLAME for the current sorry state of UW Football… but all that emotion didn’t help the Huskies compete with the Bruins.
UCLA took the opening kickoff, and for the first time in the Rick Neuheisel Era, drove it all the way down the field for a Touchdown. Derrick Coleman — starting at Tailback because Kahlil Bell was late for a meeting earlier in the day — finished off the drive by scampering 11 yards for the score.
Washington answered with a TD, but then the Bruins pulled away, overcoming 3 Kevin Craft Interceptions in the process. The first two were picked off deflections, but the third one was a misread. Iit didn’t matter, because the Bruins were in control of this game all the way.
UCLA — for once — controlled the line of scrimmage on OFFENSE, and was able to open holes for the running backs. Bell ran for 97 yards and 2 TD’s, as the Bruins opened up a 17-7 lead at Halftime, and extended it to 24-7 on the first play of the 4th Quarter.
The Bruins finally found a team that made them look good on Offense. On Defense, the Bruins were SOLID, with Alterraun Verner delivering jarring hits, and even the much-maligned Michael Norris stepping up, to keep the Huskies chained up.
The UCLA victory keeps the Big Bowl Pipe Dream alive — If the Bruins “win out,” they would finish 6-6 and be Bowl Eligible. Unless half of usc’s roster is found ineligible, that news is basically meaningless.
Speaking of usc, they are still in position to lose the Pac-10 to Oregon State, after the Beavers beat Cal on Saturday. If the Beavers can win in Arizona and at Home against the Ducks — neither being an easy assignment — then they will block sc from the Rose Bowl. SC struggled with Stanford on Saturday, losing for much of the First Half, and being deadlocked at 17 at Halftime. But the trojans dominated the 2nd Half, so if voters just see the final score of 45-23, sc might creep up a little in the BCS computations. It would take about three surprising outcomes, but the unthinkable could still occur.
And since we don’t like surprises, here’s NO surprise: Another extended photographic foray into the land of UCLA Spirit.