Some fun with the archives today, this from the Huskies’ last victory over UCLA in the Rose Bowl, on Nov. 11, 1995:
Headline: Drive time in Pasadena: Defense stops Bruins, fuels push toward bowl
By Hugo Kugiya
Seattle Times Staff Reporter
PASADENA, Calif. – After the game, several Washington football players took their memories and dreams onto the field. They stared wistfully at the Rose Bowl, knowing it was probably their last look this season.
“Hopefully, next year,” said junior Bob Sapp, who shared his 3-year-old memories of Washington’s last Rose Bowl game with freshman Reggie Davis. “I wanted to take one more look.”
Having beaten UCLA 38-14 as thoroughly as they have beaten any team this season, the 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies yesterday gave themselves more food for thought. The season has provided them with enough to last a dozen winters.
They will remember the UCLA game as one of the most dominating performances of the season, the day quarterback Damon Huard looked like a lock for the All-Pac-10 team, the day the Husky defense – with a little bit of luck – seemed to move the ball as well as the offense.
The victory guaranteed the Huskies (5-1-1 Pac-10, 6-3-1 overall) a winning season and no worse than third place in the conference – and thus a bowl game in their first season off probation.
Strangely, UW’s best games have been on the road, on grass. It is 4-1 on the road, 3-1 on grass.
“There are a lot of side feelings winning in the Rose Bowl,” said UW Coach Jim Lambright. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team locking up a bowl game here after coming off sanctions.”
The Bruins (3-4, 6-4) may have lost the game after their first offensive play when tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar hobbled off the field with a sprained right ankle. Abdul-Jabbar, the Pac-10’s leader in scoring, rushing and all-purpose yards, did not return.
“If we each got one choice of a player we didn’t have to play against, he would be the most dominant player I could choose,” Lambright said.
Abdul-Jabbar’s absence let the Husky defense concentrate on the pass rush and true freshman quarterback Cade McNown, who became a liability forUCLA and a windfall for the Husky secondary.
“We turned it into a one-dimensional game,” said linebacker Jerry Jensen. “You could see in his eyes that he was getting confused.”
The defense goaded McNown into bad plays, by faking blitz and staying in zone coverage or blitzing when he expected to see zone. “We made him make some important decisions he didn’t handle all that well,” said safety Lawyer Milloy.
The Huskies intercepted McNown three times, converting each pick into a touchdown. The Huskies also recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown, making 28 points scored off turnovers.
Huard made the most of consistently good field position – Washington got the ball in UCLA territory three times – and completed 22 of 30 passes for 259 yards. Tailback Rashaan Shehee rushed for a modest 72 yards but ran for three touchdowns. Eight Huskies caught passes; seven had catches of 12 yards or more.
And the kicking game was nearly perfect. Everything kicker John Wales put his foot on turned into points, suggesting the team is peaking – though perhaps a bit late. Oregon, by beating Arizona, remained the favorite for a Cotton Bowl berth.
Symbolically and otherwise, the Rose Bowl has been Washington’s home in California. A section of Husky fans even brought a touch of Husky Stadium with them.
With the Bruins pinned at their 3-yard line by a well-placed punt by Geoff Prince, Husky fans gave the home team a little bit of noise, drowning out an audible by McNown. He then threw an interception, which the Huskies converted into a touchdown two plays later for a 21-7 lead.
The secondary nearly came up with two more interceptions, but Milloy and cornerback Scott Greenlaw dropped balls thrown by McNown. Ryan Fien relieved McNown in the third quarter, and on UCLA’s final series Rob Walker relieved Fien. Rover Tony Parrish intercepted Walker for the last of the Huskies’ four picks.
Because of tremendous pressure by the Husky defensive front, UCLA’s quarterbacks scarcely had time to throw. On all four interceptions, the quarterbacks were hit as they threw or just after.
“They got a lot of pressure on him and did things to confuse the quarterback,” said cornerback Reggie Reser, who had one of the interceptions. “He didn’t have enough time to throw the ball.”
Not that the defense did everything. Washington scored on its second possession, covering all but one of the drive’s 69 yards in the air. Huard completed all five pass attempts, including a 32-yarder to split end Dave Janoski on a post route that set up the touchdown.
The Huskies started their third drive on the UCLA 30, the result of the first big defensive play of the game. Linebacker Ink Aleaga got his third interception of the season by lunging to grab a deflected pass, which McNown appeared to have forced as the pass rush closed in.
Shehee ran untouched around left end for a 9-yard touchdown that gave the Huskies a 14-0 lead.
The Bruin offense opened the second quarter with a touchdown but then set up Washington’s next two scores.
Another questionable pass by McNown set up the Huskies’ third touchdown. Passing from the end zone, he audibled before floating a wide pass to Eric Scott, who tried to snare the ball with one hand. He was unable to tuck in the pass, as free safety Ikaika Malloe stole it away for his fourth interception of the season.
The Huskies took over on the UCLA 3 and scored two plays later for a 21-7 lead.
McNown’s third interception led to Washington’s fourth touchdown. While throwing deep for Kevin Jordan down the right sideline, McNown was hit from behind by defensive tackle Mike Ewaliko. The weakened throw was easy pickings for the UW secondary. Reser beat Milloy to the ball and returned it 10 yards to the UW 39.
The Huskies later scored when Shehee dove over the pile from the UCLA 1 for his second touchdown.
The Bruin offense continued to be the Huskies’ best friend. Backup tailback James Milliner fumbled on UCLA’s first drive of the second half. Defensive end Jason Chorak stripped Milliner on a sweep and Jensen jumped on the ball at the UCLA 15. The Huskies scored four plays later to make it 35-7.