Thursday, November 18, 2010
Final: Washington 24, UCLA 7
By Ted Miller
Well, who saw this one going like it did?
The MVP of Washington's 24-7 win over UCLA goes to the much-maligned Huskies defense, which held the Bruins to just 163 yards -- 92 of which came on the Bruins only touchdown drive on their second possession of the game.
But after we give credit to the Huskies D, wow, that was a bad offensive night for the Bruins.
Bruins quarterback Richard Brehaut got knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion. But it didn't really affect the outcome. Brehaut, who became the starter only when Kevin Prince went down with a knee injury, was 5-of-17 for 42 yards with an interception at the time.
First, the Bruins went with No. 3 quarterback Darius Bell. He went 0-for-3 with an interception.
Then Clayton Tunney was put in. He went 1-of-8 and his interception set up the Huskies final touchdown.
The offensive star for Washington was its running game, which ground out 253 yards. Chris Polk rushed 138 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Jesse Callier had 107 yards on 10 carries.
Washington quarterback Jake Locker, playing his final game in Husky Stadium, completed 10-of-21 for 68 yards with an interception. He also ran for a touchdown.
With just 123 combined passing yards, it was not your typical Pac-10 offensive evening. UCLA had 99 penalty yards, which is more than it gained in the second half against what entered the game as one of the nation's worst defenses.
The Huskies improve to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10. They need to win their final two games on the road -- California and Washington State -- to become bowl eligible.
UCLA falls to 4-6 and 2-5. It also needs to win its final two games -- at Arizona State and USC -- to become bowl eligible.