Washington Football resumes this week as the Huskies travel to the Rose Bowl for a PAC-12 game against UCLA. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know.
It’s a University of Washington football Saturday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Washington Huskies at UCLA. Whether you are going to see the game in person, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: Washington Huskies (4-1, 2-0) at UCLA Bruins (0-4, 0-1)
Where: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California
When: 4:30 p.m. PDT
Line: Washington Huskies -21, Over/Under 53.5 (Odds Shark)
Interesting Trend: The Huskies have gone under in five straight games and eight of their last 10 road games.
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It was more of the same for the winless UCLA Bruins last week. They were crushed by Colorado 38-16 in Boulder by the now 21st ranked Buffalos. Believe it or not, UCLA had a 14-13 lead at the half. The second half went just like coach Chip Kelly‘s season, and the Bruins were outscored 24-3 in the final 30 minutes.
The Bruins once again showed their swiss cheese defense by giving up 477 yards to Colorado. Buffalos quarterback Steven Montez threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn’t much better on the ground, Travon McMillian ruan for 102 yards on 21 carries, and Montez added 81 yards on 11 attempts.
Out of 289 yards of total offense, UCLA running back Joshua Kelly accounted for 134 of them. The Junior ran for 124 yards on a dozen rushes, and added one catch for 10 yards. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had another dismal performance. He was 17 of 25 yards for 138 yards and a touchdown, he was sacked three times and had four passes knocked down by the Buffs.
Washington put a beat down on, then 20th ranked, Brigham Young, with a 35-7 home win. BYU didn’t score until there were 41 seconds remaining in the game. It was a statement win for the Huskies.
Quarterback Jake Browning had an almost perfect day, completing 23 of 25 passes (92 percent) for 277 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Fuller was his favorite target, gaining 107 yards on eight receptions. The Huskies ground game was once again excellent. Salvon Ahmed had two rushing touchdowns as part of his 86 yards on 10 carries. Senior Myles Gaskin carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards a score.
The UW defense had another dominating game. They forced three Cougars fumbles and held their visitors to 194 yards of total offense. Additionally, BYU only converted on five of 13 third down opportunities. Last week Ben Burr-Kirven was not the standout defensive player, Myles Bryant was. The defensive back made seven tackles, including two for loss, and sack.
UCLA is having a completely miserable 2018 season. Of their four losses, only one was by less than 22 points, the season opener against Cincinnati, a 26-17 loss. It was also the least amount of points, UCLA gave up in a game thus far. A focused Washington offense should destroy their hosts.
“Focus” is the keyword. Today is the definition of a trap game for the Huskies. Last week they destroyed ranked BYU, and next week they head to Eugene and a battle with #18 Oregon. This is the PAC-12 and no conference team can be taken for granted.
This is where head coach Chris Petersen shows how good of a coach he is. Petersen will keep his team on track in this road game. It wouldn’t be a surprise, however, if the Huskies start resting key players by the halfway point of the third quarter, ahead of next Saturday’s big game. Washington wins handily, but I’m not sure they cover.
Consider this game as the preliminary to next week’s main event.