PASADENA, Calif. — Washington’s quarterback of the future couldn’t help the Huskies overcome their persistent problems of the past.
Redshirt freshman Cyler Miles replaced injured senior quarterback Keith Price at halftime and led a valiant comeback effort Friday night, but UW’s road struggles continued in a 41-31 defeat against No. 13 UCLA before 68,106 at the Rose Bowl.
The Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) couldn’t overcome two lost fumbles on their first two possessions — giving UCLA (8-2, 5-2) a quick 14-0 lead — and UW lost for the ninth time in their past 12 conference road games. The Huskies are 0-3 in the road in Pac-12 play this season, and they have lost eight in a row to UCLA in the Rose Bowl dating back to 1995.
“It’s probably good that we have an extra day to regroup,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said, “because that locker room is hurting right now.”
Price was in obvious pain after getting hit hard on consecutive plays late in the second quarter. The Compton, Calif., product, playing in this historic venue for the first time, was slow to rise after a failed third-down throw, then walked to the sideline favoring his right throwing shoulder.
An X-ray taken at halftime on the shoulder was negative, Sarkisian said. An MRI is planned for Saturday.
“I don’t know, man. I don’t know,” Price said, when asked about the severity of the shoulder injury. “I’m just praying.”
The Huskies travel to Oregon State next Saturday, where they haven’t won since 2003.
Miles, in his first meaningful action for UW, offered hope with his second-half relief appearance.
“I was excited when I got the word,” he said. “My teammates just kept telling me, ‘We trust you.’ I was excited and I put my trust in them and I was comfortable and I felt ready.”
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