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September 22, 2007 at 6:56 PM

UCLA game thread

IT’S A FINAL — And UCLA has won it 44-31. I have to go do interviews and all that but I’ll be back later with some post-game coverage.
SLIPPING AWAY NOW — Give the Huskies credit that they keep coming back here. But it’s disturbing that they’ve allowed 504 yards as I write this, 299 on the ground, considering all of UCLA’s injuries. But this fourth-quarter surge will definitely help Locker’s confidence.
BACK OUT OF IT AGAIN? — Wow, too much to keep track of, especially with trying to do stuff for the paper, as well. That kickoff return happened too quickly for UW. Considering UCLA’s injury situation and how the Bruins have played at times in this game, this feels like a wasted opportunity for UW.
OR MAYBE NOT — I had just typed the item below when Locker hooked up with Russo again. Maybe Locker is finally finding his passing rhythm,
BACK OUT OF IT? — That was nice while it lasted. The Chris Markey TD run may be the fatal blow for the Huskies here tonight.
BACK IN IT — This is really interesting again as the Huskies strike quickly after getting that turnover and now Cowan may be hurt. The Huskies seem to have all the momentum again.
OUCH — That long pass to Paul Homer might have been the play UW needed to get back in this one a little bit. But like UCLA did much of the first half, the Huskies killed themselves on this one with the penalty on Marcel Reece. This game isn’t over, but it feels as if UW doesn’t do something here it will be soon.
UCLA has a 380-164 yardage edge for the game and outgained UW 97-32 for the third quarter.
IS THAT THE BACK BREAKER? — UCLA has frankly dominated this game from the start, and the Bruins might finally have delivered the telling blow with that 60-yard interception return by Dennis Keyes. Locker is obviously struggling with his passing and the Bruins have done a good job of turning him into a pocket passer this half, taking away his running.
BAD DECISION? — Huskies might have caught another break there with UCLA’s decison to go for it on fourth down. Seems going up 10 there and going ahead by more than one possession would have been the logical thing to do. UW is still just a play away from tying this up despite being pretty dominated all day.
UH OH — Starting to get the sense this is slipping away from the Huskies. UCLA has the ball at the 42-yard-line now and if the Huskies don’t stop the Bruins here it could start to get really hard.
UCLA TAKES 17-10 LEAD — And it also feels as if UCLA is taking command, as well. The Bruins now have a 354-132 edge in yards and Joe Cowan is playing just fine at QB beginning to make you think UCLA will have a contgroversy there if/when Ben Olson gets healthy.
This is a big drive for UW now.
MORE FIRST HALF COMMENTS — Mosley has played the entire first half at CB in place of McDowell, something no one outside of the coaches seemed to know. Coaches had indicated during the week that McDowell would be right back out there this week, and he doesn’t appear to be injured.
And for all the talk during the week of giving some of the other RBs a shot it hasn’t happened yet as Louis Rankin is the only tailback with any carries, going 10-35. There hasn’t really been anywhere for him to go most of the time, however.
Here’s one halftime stat that says a lot about how UW has stayed in it despite the mammoth yardage deficit — UCLA’s average drive start is its own 17, while UW’s is its own 34.
UW is gaining 3.5 yards on first down, 3.0 on second and 5.5 on third; UCLA is at 8.0, 7.3 and 5.1.
10-10 TIE AT HALFTIME — UCLA has 283 yards to 132 for the Huskies, indicating that the Bruins have dominated play. Especially considering 63 of UW’s yards are on two Locker runs. But UW has hung tough.
Tyrone Willingham just said in his halftime comments that “I feel pretty good to be tied 10-10. We could have easily given up a lot of points here the way we’ve been playing.”
Willingham also said that “too many players are trying to do too much” that he will tell his players to simply handle their responsibilities and execute their assignments and they will be all right.
Locker leads UW with 74 yards on seven carries and is 5-13 for 33 yards passing.
UCLA has 140 yards rushing on 21 attempts and is 10-20 passing for 143 yards.
UCLA also had 12 first downs to seven for UW.
Most critically, UCLA has eight penalties for 63 yards to just one for 15 for UW.
UCLA SELF-DESTRUCTING — UCLA seems to be playing with a lot of energy, but not very disciplined as the Bruins now have eight penalties compared to just one for UW.
HUSKIES TIE IT — Good rebound for the Huskies, though it may be a little alarming that half of UW’s 126 yards are on two Locker scrambles of 30 and 33 yards. Good news is that Greyson Gunheim has returned.
UCLA TAKES 10-7 LEAD — Ouch. That was a little too fast to give up the lead after getting the momentum. UCLA appears to be playing with a lot of fire after all that soul-searching this week.
UW TAKES 7-3 LEAD — The Huskies won a little chess match there, coming out in their third different formation after each team called a time out on that third down play. The Bruins seemed confused on that roll out by Locker, with no one covering Marcel Reece.
HUGE BREAK FOR HUSKIES — Maybe UW’s luck in this venue is beginning to turn. UW gets the ball there on a fluky play, though you have to give Chris Stevens a lot of credit there for hustling.
FOSTER SEES ACTION — True freshman Mason Foster was on the field at linebacker for that third-down play, the first time he’s played in non-special teams since the Syracuse game, I think.
UCLA HAS 109 RUSHING YARDS — And that’s not a good sign for the Huskies. I figured UW had to stop the run and force Patrick Cowan to pass to win this game, but it isn’t happening so far.
UCLA LEADS 3-0 — You’ll have noticed that Byron Davenport broke up that thrid-down pass, something that surely pleased the UCLA transfer. Also, you saw a quick hook there for Trenton Tuiasosopo at MLB after that 66-yard run by Chris Markey as Donald Butler came rushing in after that play. UCLA has 10 rushes for 98 yards.
PLAYING FIELD POSITION — The Huskies are at least winning the field position battle. They also got a break with that UCLA miss of a field goal. UCLA had been 5-7 this year on kicks. But this is now the second straight game a UW opponent has missed an FG on its opening drive.
MOSLEY STARTS — Matt Mosley started at cornerback in place of Vonzell McDowell Jr.
GAME CAPTAINS — The game captains for tonight are Jordan Reffett, Dan Howell, Louis Rankin and Anthony Russo.
Also, a programming note that I may not be able to post as much during the game as usual since our deadlines for my normal duties are so tight due to the late start. But I’ll do what I can.
PRE-GAME — We’re about a half hour to kickoff as I write this and it is beginning to rain just a bit — light but definitely noticeable.
This will be as different a game here as I’ve ever covered, with the weather and what looks to be a pretty light crowd — half-full at best.
That’s a good point several of you raised about the thread having to move once I post something new, so we’ll just leave this as the running game thread and keep this as the open thread fromm now until I post stuff after the game.
By the way, Byron Davenport is running with the second team during warmups and definitely seems like he should be able to play.



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