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November 15, 2008 at 6:09 PM

UCLA game thread

BRUINS IN CONTROL — Unless something really bizarre happens, this will be another loss for the Huskies. UW will finish 0-7 at home, the first winless season in the 88-year history of Husky Stadium.
This will be it for the blog until after the game.
UCLA NOW UP 27-7 — And the attendance has been announced at 59,738, though maybe only 40,000 or so have been here most of the night.
UCLA NOW UP 24-7 — A 1-yard run by Bell has UCLA ahead 24-7 after the first play of the fourth quarter.
A QUICK QUARTER — The third quarter is over with UCLA at the UW 1-yard line and leading 17-7. Huskies not really putting up much of a fight in this one.
HUSKIES FAIL TO CONVERT — UW went backwards five yards and then punted, giving the ball back to UCLA with 8:08 left. UCLA has the ball at the 8-yard-line.
UW GETS THIRD INTERCEPTION — Forrester has just made a diving interception of a horrible pass by Craft to give the Huskies the ball at their own 46. UW now has three interceptions, tying the number the Huskies had for the season coming into the game.
DAILEY FUMBLES — Not sure why Terrance Dailey didn’t play in the first half. But he may not play much more now as he fumbled on his first carry of the game in the third quarter and UCLA recovered. The Bruins have a 17-7 lead and the ball at their own 36.
UW GETS SECOND SACK — UW has just gotten its second sack of the game, this one by Everrette Thompson. UW now has nine for the season.
FIRST DRIVE STALLS — UW was forced to punt after its first drive of the second half without getting a first down. Matt Mosley has been taken to the locker room with what apppears to be a leg injury of some kind suffered on the opening kickoff of the second half.
LINE SHUFFLE — Actually, they moved Cody Habben to LT and Fancher is playing RT.
INJURY REPORT — Michael Gottlieb has a hyperextended knee and is questionable to return and LT Ben Ossai apparently has a concussion. Sklyer Fancher is starting the second half at LT. Tolar, however, is back.
UW TO GET BALL FIRST TO START SECOND HALF — Huskies will get the ball first to start the second half in what looms as a critical drive to this game. UW has been outscored 83-27 in the third quarter this year.
SOME FIRST HALF STATS — UCLA has outgained UW 167-96, including 94-65 on the ground. In a matchup of two of the more struggling QBs in the conference, UCLA’s Kevin Craft has the upper hand, going 7-10 for 73 yards compared to Fouch’s 5-14 for 31 yards. Craft has two interceptions but both were tipped.
Neither team has a play of longer than 21 yards.
Worth noting that there was some rather shoddy time management by the Huskies at the end of the first half, resulting in the punt that was returned 41 yards by Terrance Austin as time ran out. It resulted in nothing as Austin was tackled before scoring — he got to the 27.
FIRST HALF ENDS — With UCLA ahead 17-7. In potentially bad news, tight end Michael Gottlieb was helped off the field as the half ended, injured on the final play when the Huskies were forced to punt.
FOUCH PICKED OFF — UW drove into UCLA territory but Fouch was picked off on third down, his sixth interception in the last three games.
UCLA TAKES 17-7 LEAD — UW failed on a fourth down when Rosborough was beaten badly by Brian Price, resulting in a 12-yard sack, and used the field position to drive for a 49-yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead with 4:53 left in the first half.
TOLAR OUT — Ryan Tolar is out of the game with an undisclosed injury — he’s on the sidelines holding his helmet — with Morgan Rosborough taking his place. It’s the first time another player other than the usual starting five has seen significant time since Casey Bulyca was lost for the season prior to the Oregon State game.
UCLA TAKES 14-7 LEAD — The Bruins moved easily down the field to take a 14-7 lead following the Fouch fumble. UCLA has 138 yards to UW’s 36.
JOHNSON STARTS AT TB — Brandon Johnson has gone all the way at TB so far for UW. Willie Griffin appears to be injured and not in pads while it’s unknown if there is anything wrong with Terrance Dailey, who was the listed starter.
TEAMS TRADE TURNOVERS — UW blew a chance to really grab momentum after getting an interception by Tripper Johnson on a pass tipped by Tuiasosopo. Three plays later, Ronnie Fouch fumbled when blitzed and UCLA now has the ball at the UW 31. UW has two picks tonight after coming into the game with just three.
HUSKIES TIE IT UP — Brandon Johnson runs it in on an option — a play the Huskies are using a lot more today than they have at any point since Jake Locker was hurt — and UW has tied the game at 7-7
UW GETS FOURTH PICK OF SEASON — The Huskies have a golden opportunity to get back in the game as Trenton Tuiasosopo picks off a pass that was deflected by Mesphin Forrest and returns it to the 13-yard line.
THOMPSON STARTS AT DE — Everrette Thompson got the start at one DE spot, but Darrion Jones is now in as UCLA starts its second drive. UW moved the ball into UCLA territory on its first drive, gaining 33 yards, but was then forced to punt.
MORE ON BARNETT — Here’s the page on Marlion Barnett reporting that he also had an offer from Minnesota.
UCLA MAKES IT LOOK EASY — The Bruins went 80 yards in 12 plays to start the game to take a 7-0 lead and it looked pretty darn easy. If there’s a team that looks fired up to be here, it’s not the Huskies.
UW’S CAPTAINS — Are all seniors — Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Juan Garcia and Michael Gottlieb.
NUEHEISEL TAKES FIELD — Neuheisel received some fairly mild boos — though noticable — as he walked onto the field prior to the game. He was accompanied by two cops and one of his sons. He has three.
NO SURPRISES IN SENIOR LIST — The seniors have all been introduced and there were no surprises. Most interesting is that Johnie Kirton was wearing a shirt that read “Dawg 4 Life” over his uniform as he was introduced.
DAVENPORT INTRODUCED AS SENIOR — Cornerback Byron Davenport has said he wants to return for a sixth season., But he was just introduced as a senior, maybe just in case he doesn’t get it, though people I’ve talked with say they think it’s a long shot he’ll get his sixth year.
NEUHEISEL REACTION, CONT. — Just talked with someone who was down on the field the last hour or so and said the reaction to Neuheisel was pretty positive. He at one point apparently walked over to the stands to talk to some familiar faces. The Bruins just left the field and the booing was pretty minimal. Of course, the fact that something like 20,000 people may be here at the moment certainly has something to do with it.
NEUHEISEL ON THE FIELD — As I write this, at about 35 minutes to kickoff, Neuheisel is at the 35-yard line overseeing warmups, a place he often stood during UW warmups and practices during his time here. Next to him is one of his sons, wearing Neuheisel 10 jersey, Rick Neuheisel’s number during his collegiate days. As he walked on the field for the first time about 90 minutes prior to kickoff, he seemed to take a circuitious route around the field, a little less direct than most coaches, almost as if he was reacquainting himself with the place.
HUSKIES GET COMMIT — Interesting news tonight that UW has gotten a commitment from tight end Marlion Barnett of Corona, Calif. according to There had been a question whether UW would accept any commits during this period without a coach and the fact that Barnett has committed — apparently giving the word to UW athletic director Scott Woodward — is leading to some speculation whether Barnett has been told something about the direction of the program.
In either case, it’s good news for UW in getting a commitment for a class that figures to be a challenge.
NOBODY HERE — It’s about 70 minutes to gametime and it’s looking like a pretty empty stadium, and parking lot. Walked around the parking lot a little and it was pretty sparse. So the thought that there might be a charged atmosphere tonight with the return of Rick Neuheisel appears to continue to dissipate.



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