GAMEDAY: Dawgs Looking For Win At Rose Bowl
Following the first of two bye weeks this season, the Washington Huskies travel to Pasadena, Calif. today to face UCLA in a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at the Rose Bowl. The GoHuskies.com Dawg Blawg will have coverage throughout the game today so check back just before game time.
The game is being televised live by FSN Northwest (except in the state of Oregon), FSN Prime Ticket and Fox College Sports (FCS Central). 950 KJR AM in Seattle will begin its 11 hours of Husky football coverage at 8 a.m. For a list of live coverage options for today's game, check out this blawg entry. For a pre-game preview and a list of links to related coverage, check out this story posted last night on GoHuskies.com.
4th Quarter (12:09, 23-24): Headed down to the field for post-game responsibilities with the Dawgs driving downfield. Please check out Gametracker or @UWSportsNews for 4th quarter and postgame updates and complete coverage after the game!
4th Quarter (15:00, 23-21): Washington heads into the fourth quarter with a narrow 23-21 lead.
3rd Quarter (4:49, 23-21): Remember that blawg entry about turnovers earlier? Well, Jason Wells gave the Huskies a plus-five in turnover margin in the game with his third quarter interception. Playing deep in coverage, he stepped-up and grabbed a deep ball down the middle from UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft.
3rd Quarter (10:46, 23-21): Tough break for the Dawgs. A 29-yard UCLA pass into the end zone appeared to have been caught as the receiver was diving, came in contact with the ground as he landed, popped-up into the air then caught. Call could gone either way and officials granted the Bruins a TD that makes the score 23-21 in UW's favor.
3rd Quarter (11:52, 23-14 ): Jake Locker and Jermaine Kearse have been quite the QB-WR duo today! Locker threw a high, deep ball 34 yards into the back of the end zone. Kearse went up for the jump ball in the back of the end zone and came down for the TD grab. Very similar to his previous touchdown catch, although that one was on the near side rather than the back of the end zone. The Dawgs' 50 yard scoring drive consisted of four plays and took just 1:47.
3rd Quarter (13:39, 16-14): When Donald Butler caused a fumble of UCLA running back Johnathan Frankin in the third quarter, it gave the Huskies a plus-four in turnovers in the game. Officials reviewed the call and confirmed the fumble and recovery by Darrion Jones.
Halftime (16-14): The two teams go into the locker room with Washington leading 16-14. The Dawgs have led the scoring at halftime three times this season: Idaho, Notre Dame and Arizona. The two teams are virtually even in total offense with UW having 241 to UCLA's 245. Jake Locker went 13-of-23 for 142 yards and one TD in the first half. Chris Polk registered 102 total yards on seven carries. He has three 100-plus yard games among his last five outings.
2nd Quarter (3:25, 16-14): After a long UCLA drive that included a helmet-to-helmet penalty by Donald Butler on Bruin Kevin Prince that knocked the QB out of the game, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim forced a fumble on a QB pressure that was recovered by De'Shon Matthews at the 23-yard line.
2nd Quarter (9:27, 16-14): Erik Folk connected on his third field goal of the day with a 33-yard effort for the Huskies. The short four-play drive went two yards and took just 1:01. Folk has made a career-best three field goals in four separate games this season.
2nd Quarter (10:28, 13-14): Desmond Trufant grabbed his second career interception as a Husky and returned it 13 yards down to the UCLA 18-yard line. Bruin QB Kevin Prince threw a long ball over the middle. Trufant came from the near side across the field and snagged it out of the air.
2nd Quarter (11:26, 13-14): Erik Folk connected on his second field goal of the day, a 20-yard effort after Washington went 82 yards in 11 plays and used 5:16 on the clock. The Huskies drove down to the two yard line but were unable to punch it in. On 3rd down, center Ryan Tolar snapped the ball directly to Chris Polk for a one-yard run up the middle.
2nd Quarter (15:00, 10-14): Chris Polk rushed three times in the first quarter for 61 yards. Jake Locker went 5-of-9 for 65 yards and one TD. The Dawgs held the ball for 7:02, compared to 7:58 to UCLA. Jermaine Kears caught three passes for 58 yards and a TD.
1st Quarter (1:43, 10-14): After UCLA's Chane Moline scored on a one-yard run around the right end, the Bruins took a 14-10 lead. The 24 total points between the two teams is the most first quarter points in a Husky game this season.
1st Quarter (4:39, 10-7): Former Husky and current television and film star Joel McHale is on the sidelines hanging with the Dawgs today! You might remember his appearance on Late Night With David Letterman where he talked about his Husky football experience and his fondness for former Dawg Dave Hoffmann.
1st Quarter (6:14, 10-7): Gotta love takeaways! On the ensuing kickoff, Vonzell McDowell forced the UCLA returner to fumble the ball and freshman Nate Fellner recovered it to give possession back to the Dawgs. The drive culminated with a 30-yard field goal by Erik Folk to give the Dawgs a 10-7 lead! Washington went 18 yards on 6 plays in 2:06.
1st Quarter (8:26, 7-7): This looks like a track meet with the Dawgs going 66 yards in four plays in 1:44. It was culminated with a 17-yard TD pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse. Locker pump-faked, then threw a high ball into the end zone on the near side that Kearse rose over the UCLA defender grabbed and came down just in bounds. The key play was a 26-yard run by Chris Polk. He started left, then reversed his field. Locker threw a key block (no, there was no inadvertent thumb injury on this one) on the play. Polk has two carries for 60 yards so far!
1st Quarter (10:16, 0-7): UCLA went 88 yards in 9 plays and used 3:33 on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. QB Kevin Prince went 6-for-7 passing with a 56-yard pass to Logan Paulsen during the drive. He threw a one-yard TD on 4th down to Cory Harkey for the score.
1st Quarter (12:25): Jason Wells returned to the field for the first time since the USC game in 2007. He started at free safety today and made a bone-jarring hit of an intended receiver on a pass play on UCLA's first drive of the game.
1st Quarter (13:49): Starters on Defense: Andru Pulu, DE; Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DT; Alameda Ta'amu, DT; Talia Crichton, DE; Mason Foster, LB, Donald Butler, LB; Cort Dennison, LB; Adam Long, CB; Nate Williams, SS; Jason Wells, FS; Desmond Trufant, CB.
1st Quarter (15:00): Starters on offense: Jake Locker, QB; Chris Polk, TB; Paul Homer, FB; Devin Aguilar, WR; Jermaine Kearse, WR; Kavario Middleton, TE; Drew Schaefer, LT; Nick Wood, LG; Ryan Tolar, C; Cody Habben, RG; Morgan Rosborough, RT.
Pregame (12:34): Today's captains are Jake Locker, Ryan Tolar, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Donald Butler, Josh Gage and Tim Tucker. Washington called tails on the coin toss, but it was heads. UCLA won the toss and deferred its decision to the second half. Washington will receive the kickoff to start the game and will defend the North goal.
Pregame (12:30 pm.): One change to your UW Husky roster today. Junior linebacker Matt Houston is now wearing No. 45 due to the fact that redshirt freshman Anthony Boyles has moved from receiver to defensive back. Two players with the same number cannot obviously be on the field at the same time, thus the change.
Pregame (12:25 p.m.): The Bruins are wearing throw-back jerseys today, similar to those worn in 1967 when Gary Beban won the school's only Heisman Trophy. UCLA is also wearing gold helmets without the school logo on the side and black shoes.
Pregame (12:17 p.m.): The Huskies have finished their pregame warm-up, gathered in front of the Washington fans in the corner of the Rose Bowl and conducted a little pep-rally. A quick note from @CoachSark on Twitter, officials today are wearing blue arm bands, not in support of UCLA. Rather, they are in support of prostate cancer awareness.
Pregame (11:57 a.m.): The weather in Pasadena is delightful, 66 degrees and sunny. A beautiful day for football. The weather shouldn't be a surprise to the players since 26 of the Huskies on the travel squad are from the state of California. The team arrived at the Rose Bowl at approximately 10:50 a.m. and, upon arrival, rocked the team buses from side-to-side - a new tradition this season! It is quite a sight, that's for sure!
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