First look: UCLA at Washington

Washington quarterback Jake Browning gives direction to receiver Dante Pettis (Thomas Boyd/AP)

UCLA (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) at. No. 12 Washington (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 12:30 p.m. PT | Husky Stadium
Radio: AM 1150/AM 570

Scouting report

The defending Pac-12 champions had a whole bye week to stew after a 13-7 loss to Arizona State in Tempe on Oct. 14. The Huskies were shutout for 3 1/2 quarters and missed two field goals shorter than 30 yards in their first loss of the season.

Besides losing the game, the Huskies also lost starting left tackle Trey Adams (knee) and cornerback Jordan Miller (ankle), who will both miss the rest of the season. Miller is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. UW had already lost receiver Chico McClatcher, who was the team’s second-leading receiver before sustaining an ankle injury.

Despite sending three defensive backs to the NFL, the Huskies haven’t allowed a passing touchdown in their four Pac-12 games, which creates an interesting matchup with Josh Rosen and UCLA’s vaunted passing offense.

The Huskies are second in the country in yards allowed per game (236.9) and third in points allowed (10.6).

After sending receiver John Ross to the NFL, UW is missing a deep-threat to complement Dante Pettis in the passing game, but quarterback Jake Browning still leads the conference in passing efficiency. Browning has only 16 passing touchdowns through seven games this year after he set a school record with 43 last season.

Series history

Jim Mora has history with the Huskies. UCLA’s head coach was once a walk-on defensive back for at UW, but when he returned to Husky Stadium wearing blue and gold in 2014, he brushed off any idea that his homecoming made UCLA’s 44-30 any sweeter.

“It was a game,” he said at the time. “I’m happy my family was here, but other than that I couldn’t care less.”

Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes in the win to become UCLA’s career leader and ran for two more.

UCLA leads the all-time series with UW, 40-30-2.

Players to watch

QB Jake Browning (139-203, 1,605 yards, 14 touchdowns, 3 interceptions)

Like Rosen, Browning was the first ever true freshman to start a season opener in his school’s history.

— RB Myles Gaskin (104 carries, 626 yards, 8 touchdowns)

An All-Pac-12 first teamer in 2016, Gaskin is gunning for his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. However, the Huskies have not been as successful on the ground this year, having been held to fewer than 100 rushing yards in three games.

— LB Ben Burr-Kirven (42 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack)

The junior has supplanted All-Pac-12 first teamer Azeem Victor as the starting inside linebacker and leads the Huskies in tackles.