Saturday, November 7, 2009
UCLA is showing some backbone
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA was riding a five-game Pac-10 losing streak. Its starting quarterback, Kevin Prince, was out with an apparent concussion. It gave away five turnovers.
And yet the Bruins beat Washington 24-23, a win that substantially boosts the Bruins bowl hopes.
How about Kevin Craft? The much-maligned senior led the Bruins comeback from a 23-14 third-quarter deficit. He completed 10 of 14 for 159 yards with a 29-yard TD pass to Terrence Austin.
The game ended when safety Rahim Moore intercepted a Jake Locker pass on the Bruins 20-yard line. It was Moore's eighth interception this season, which leads the nation. That was the Huskies only turnover.
The Bruins outgained Washington 455 to 387 but kept killing themselves with mistakes.
Still, UCLA improved to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in conference play. The Bruins will be heavy favorites at Washington State on Saturday. If they prevail, they will need to beat either Arizona State at home on Nov. 21 or win at USC on Nov. 28 to qualify for a bowl game.
As for Washington, it needs to win its final three games -- at Oregon State, Washington State, California -- two qualify for a bowl game. The Huskies have lost five of six since beating USC on Sept. 19.