UCLA Pulls Past Washington at the Half to Win. Sportscenter Doesn't Care.
The Bruins were lucky enough to get coverage on FSN this time while breaking away from a 10-10 tie at the half to outlast Washington 44-31 last night.
Washington's Jake Locker threw three deadly touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. It was a difficult game for the Bruins, until the Huskies' defense started to give during the second half. Each touchdown pass that Locker completed, the Bruins were able to respond to until finally opening up the lead by 14 in the fourth quarter.
Backup Patrick Cowan QB'ed for the Bruins in place of an injured Ben Olson -- Olson led the Bruins through their now legendary 44-6 loss to the Utes last week. Cowan sprained his right knee early in the fourth quarter...we'll all pray that he can bounce back soon enough. Karl Dorrell denied that there is a "quarterback situation" in the post-game interview.
UCLA had some bad-ass plays. Matthew Slater pulled off an 80-yard kickoff return (shown left) and Dennis Keyes had a third quarter interception leading to a 60-yard touchdown.
The 31 points scored by Washington should still be a concern for the immaculate defense that Karl Dorrel keeps touting. It seems the only reason we are even winning games this season is because our offense is outrunning that of the opposing team. How long can we run this way before injury impedes our offense? We got a taste of that last week...
I think a lot of credit needs to be given to Jay Norvell, our new offensive coordinator. Despite last week's embarrassing loss, I for one am definitely seeing new life in the running game.
Now is the time to get our shit together. We travel next week to play Oregon, and then host Notre Dame the following week. It would be embarrassing to lose to Notre Dame right now since they are 0-4...their worst record in the college's history.
AP Photo by Gus Ruelas