Nov. 9, 1999
SEATTLE - Coach Rick Neuheisel returns to his coaching roots at the Rose Bowl as his 23rd-ranked Huskies battle UCLA in a key Pac-10 Conference battle.
Neuheisel was a quarterback for the Bruins, leading them to the 1983 Pac-10 title and a win in the 1984 Rose Bowl. He returned to Westwood two seasons later as a volunteer assistant coach and served as an assistant from 1988-93 before joining Colorado. This is Neuheisel's first season as coach of the Huskies after coaching the Buffaloes for four seasons from 1994-98.
"The Rose Bowl is an extremely special place for me. I had some of my greatest moments in that stadium, it is not going to be lost upon me where we are going to play," Neuheisel said. "But Rick Neuheisel going back to Pasadena is way, way down on what is important for this particular week. There is too much at stake for the University of Washington and our focus should remain there."
Washington (6-3, 5-1 Pac-10), which is tied with the Stanford for the conference lead but holds the tiebreaker by virtue of a 35-30 win over the Cardinal, posted a 33-25 victory over Arizona last Saturday. Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo overcame a bruised hip to complete 16-of-28 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, who have scored 28 or more points in seven of their nine games.
With Tuiasosopo hurt, Maurice Shaw handled most of the workload in Washington's option attack, getting a career-high 29 carries and finishing with 75 yards. Shaw is third on the team in rushing with 316 yards, trailing Willie Hurst (522) and Tuiasosopo (431). Tuiasosopo has completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,756 yards and 12 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
UCLA (3-6, 1-5) is tied for last in the Pac-10 with USC and Washington State. The Bruins had a bye week, but enter this game on a three-game losing streak after a 33-7 pounding administered by Arizona. UCLA's defense surrendered 588 total yards to Arizona and has allowed 88 points in the last two games.
Cory Paus completed 13-of-27 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, but the Bruins' porous offensive line surrendered seven sacks. Wideout Danny Farmer needs four receptions to pass J.J. Stokes for second place on the all-time receptions list. Farmer has 151 catches and already holds the school record for receiving yards with 2,922.
The Bruins have won the last two games in the series and hold a 29-27-2 lead. Washington won three straight from 1994-96.