NO INJURIES — Sarkisian said no new injuries and that Locker made it through the game fine and should be able to go against Cal.
He said afterward that it was a closer call to play Locker than might have been portrayed and that ultimately he had to make the call to let Locker play.
STAT OF THE GAME — UW had 253 yards rushing to 108 for UCLA.
BREHAUT HAD A CONCUSSION — UCLA in a world of hurt now with games remaining at Arizona State (I think the Devils are better) and against USC.
BIG WIN FOR THE DAWGS — In the big picture, UW remains 4-6 with a lot of work to do still to salvage the season.
But for tonight, a fun game for the Huskies.
A poignant scene afterward as Jake Locker walked off the field for the last time following a game here, hugging family members and high-fiving fans along the way.
HUSKIES GET ANOTHER TD AND WRAP IT UP — Sorry, have to write some of the deadline stories now. UW has put the game away with another interception that led to a TD drive and a 24-7 lead.
UW will improve to 4-6 and keep its bowl hopes alive for another week.
More after the game.
HUSKIES MAKE THE PLAY OF THE GAME — Huskies get the big play, a 28-yard interception return by Richardson to take a 17-7 lead with 6:22 left. UW should be able to hold on now.
The national TV audience probably isn’t all that enthralled but this is kind of old-time UW football with the defense leading a big win.
UW has a chance to sweep the LA schools for the first time since 1996.
UW D WILL NEED TO COME UP BIG ONE MORE TIME — UW another penalty-aided three and out and UCLA has one more chance with 7:50 left and the ball at its own 22, down 10-7.
ANOTHER THREE AND OUT FOR UCLA — What a bizarre series UCLA. A team that can’t throw calls three straight passes. Predictably they lost two yards and are punting. UW has the ball at its own 42 with 10:34 left.
UW CAN’T PUT IT AWAY — Another three-and-out for UW gives UCLA the ball back at its own 18. Huskies doing a nice job keeping UCLA pinned back, but the Bruins are just a drive away from stealing this one.
UW HOLDS AGAIN — Another three-and-out for UCLA, which right now may have the worst passing game in the country. Another drop by Harkey stalled the last drive and UW now has the ball at its own 36 with 13:51 left. A touchdown might just about seal it the way UCLA is playing offense.
ATTENDANCE TONIGHT — Is 62,347.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — UW is up 10-7 and has had its way most of the last two quarters. But UCLA has the ball and the lead is obviously tenuous.
Bell will bring a new dimension to UCLA’s offense as he is more apt to run it.
PENALTIES KILL UW DRIVE — Huskies appeared to have two third-downs converted, but penalties brought back both — holding on Goodwin and an illegal formation call with Habben off the line. So UCLA has the ball back at its own 9 as the third quarter nears its end.
NEUHEISEL SHOWN ON BIG SCREEN, CROWD BOOS — Hefty boos as Neuheisel shown on the big screen after a UCLA penalty on the punt. UW already at midfield.
MORE UCLA QB — Actually, looks like Brehaut getting looked at on the sideline. He took that big hit last drive from Williams.
NEW QB FOR UCLA —- UCLA changes QBs, going with Darius Bell, a better runner than Brehaut. Maybe just giving up on the pass.
UW THREE AND OUT — But Huskies winning the field position battle much of the night and UCLA is stuck back at its own 18. Coverage teams a lot better for the Huskies tonight.
HUSKIES GET ANOTHER STOP — UW got some help as Harkey dropped a third-down pass that would have gotten the first down. But the Huskies are playing well on defense right now and give the ball back to the offense at UW’s 19 with 8:50 to play in the third.
Quinton Richardson, it should be noted, is playing one of the better games of his season. And Dennison also seems to be everywhere, along with the usual of Foster.
THAT’S UW’S FIRST LEAD SINCE THE ARIZONA GAME — Specifically, since the 11:33 mark of the first quarter of that game on Oct. 23 when the Huskies scored first to lead 7-0.
HUSKIES TAKE THE LEAD — UW uses a 9-play, 68-yard drive to take a 10-7 lead on a 27-yard FG by Folk with 11:06 left. A nice start to the quarter though disappointing not to get it in the end zone there. On third-and-five at the 10 Locker threw high to Goodwin.
UW used eight straight runs to get the ball from its own 22 to the UCLA 10.
PORTER IN FOR CHRISTINE AT RG — And he seems to be making a difference as UW is running well early in the third quarter. He was in for some of the second quarter as well.
A FEW HALFTIME NUMBERS — UW has a 165-117 edge in yards, thanks in part to the 31 by Polk on that last play. That also has UW with 107 yards rushing on 16 attempts to just 86 on 22 for UCLA. 70 of UCLA’s rushing yards came on its one long drive.
Brehaut is 4-12 for 31 yards and the passing game is simply not a factor for UCLA right now.
Locker is 8-17 for 58 yards and UW isn’t much better in that area on what is a cold, somewhat windy night.
Foster has 11 tackles to lead all defenders.
Polk has 73 yards on 10 carries to lead all rushers. Franklin has 57 on 14 for UCLA.
UW will get the ball first to start the second half, which could be pivotal. We may find out quickly which coach wins the battle of the halftime adjustments.
SARK’S HALFTIME COMMENTS — In his halftime radio comments, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said of the defense that “after the first drive we were fine. We just had to settle down and stay in our gaps.”
Asked about the offense he said: “They are getting after us up front so we’ve got to find a way to settle down, create some run game and protect the quarterback.”
And asked if Locker is 100 percent he said: “No, he’s not. But he’s playing.”
HALF ENDS AT 7-7 — Crazy ending to half as a long Polk run got UW within distance to try a 56-yard field goal by Folk. He missed it short and UCLA’s Josh Smith tried to return it, getting past midfield, though with the benefit of an illegal block that would have called it back.
UW has a 165-117 edge in yards at the half.
UW GETS A STOP AND THE BALL BACK — UW has the ball at its own 14 with 51 seconds left, stopping the Bruins again. UW has controlled the second quarter.
HUSKIES GET ON THE BOARD — 8-play, 61-yard drive is capped by a Locker 3-yd run to get the Huskies on the board and tie it at 7 with 5:57 left in the half. UW has steadied the ship here after UCLA appeared to be taking control.
BIG PICK BY DENNISON — Brehaut another bad pass is picked off by Dennison and UW has the ball at its own 39 with 9:20 in half.
GOOD DECISION TO KICK A FIELD GOAL? That may be a debated call as UW was stopped at the UCLA 35 and decided to try a 53-yard field goal into a little bit of a wind. It came up short, so instead of maybe pinning UCLA deep, the Huskies will let the Bruins take over at the 35 with 10:45 to play.
UW got two first downs on that drive but then three straight passes fell incomplete. UW with just 55 yards and hasn’t scored a regulation TD at home in seven quarters.
UW GETS A THREE-AND-OUT — Brehaut not sharp and another bad pass allows UW to get out of a drive. UW will have the ball at its own 43.
UW DECIDES TO PUNT — Huskies left the offense on the field to the last minute then punted. So that’s three drives with not much to show for it. But UCLA is again pinned deep at its own 13.
FIRST QUARTER OVER — UCLA is ahead 7-0 and has a 97-33 edge in yards. Locker just had a nice run on third and 12, breaking three tackles to pick up 11, leaving UW with a decision whether to go for it on fourth and one at its own 45. Looks like they are going.
UW ESCAPES — Sloppy play by UCLA allows Huskies to escape. Brehaut missed an open receiver on third down and Forbath missed a 43-yard field goal, so it remains 7-0. UCLA has a 97-14 edge in yards, however.
LOCKER PICKED OFF — Game not going the way Locker would have liked. He could have been picked off twice and finally was by Hester, giving UCLA the ball at the UW 31 with 3:53 to play. Early gutcheck time for Huskies.
BRUINS STRIKE FIRST — Exactly the kind of drive UW didn’t want to give up as the Bruins went 92 yards in 13 plays in 6:42 to draw first blood on a 31-yard run by Franklin. Cort Dennison missed a tackle at the line and Franklin broke away for the TD.
UW had 70 rushing yards on that drive, a third of the way to the magical 200 that has always meant victory for the Bruins this season.
UW DBS PLAYING PRESS EARLY — Looks like man press coverage early for the Huskies maybe tempting the Bruins to throw.
NO SURPRISES ON OFFENSE — UW goes with the expected lineup on offense. Izbicki the start at TE.
UW also held to three-and-out on first possession but winning the battle of field position with UCLA pinned back at its own eight to start its second possession.
TOKOLAHI STARTS IN MIDDLE — For Potoa’e as UW goes bigger to stop the Pistol up the middle.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS —- Pretty much what Sark always does. UCLA to receiver.
SENIORS SALUTED — As might be expected, the loudest ovation reserved for Jake Locker, with Mason Foster just behind. Those were the last two of the 17 who were honored. Locker hugged his mom and dad after running to the field, as well as girlfriend Lauren Greer and what I think was his sister. Crowd starting to fill in a bit but far from a full house.
SPARSE CROWD RIGHT NOW — About eight minutes to kickoff, with the senior salute about to start, and it’s pretty sparse in the far end zone. But could just be a late-arriving crowd. We’ll see.
EVOSHIELD STORY — Here’s a story on what Evoshield made for Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. This is apparently similar to what it did this week for Locker.
LOCKER TO WEAR PROTECTIVE SHIELD TONIGHT — Am told that Jake Locker has been fitted with a special shield from the Evoshield company tonight to protect the lower left side of his ribs, where he has one broken rib. Word is the company contacted UW this week and made a special mold that fits inside Locker’s jersey to allow better flexibility.
PRE-GAME — Sorry I don’t have a better camera to take a good picture from up here of the new uniforms. But that’s the team working out in the end zone prior to the game and that’s what it looks like to us from way up here.
And so far, the weather is cooperating — no rain, and a little wind. I think it’s pretty cold in the stands and if it does rain could get miserable fast. But right now, maybe there’s a chance we’ll escape that.