Weekly Q&A: Washington answers

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Based on what you have seen from Washington this season, how might UCLA keep this game close?

Washington has lost three games in the past two years: USC at home last year, Alabama in the College Football Playoff and Arizona State two weeks ago. Jake Browning was sacked 13 times in those games (4.33 sacks per loss). In the team’s 18 wins during that span the Huskies have given up only 24 sacks (1.33 per win). It seems like an effective pass rush that creates chaos in backfield is a key to stopping the Huskies. UCLA has struggled with getting sacks this year and are dealing with defensive line injuries, but is coming off a four-sack game last weekend. So it does have a little bit of confidence.

Of note: The Huskies are without starting left tackle Trey Adams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Arizona. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 player last year and a second-team All-American. That’s a big loss. Continue reading “Weekly Q&A: Washington answers” »

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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
TV: ABC
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. Continue reading “First look: UCLA at Washington” »

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UCLA football 2017 schedule preview: Washington

Chris Petersen led Washington to the College Football Playoff in his third year as the program’s head coach. (Ted S. Warren AP)

UCLA at Washington
Saturday, Oct. 28 | Husky Stadium

Jim Mora once said the head coaching job at Washington was his “dream job.” In 2014, the UCLA head coach passed on the chance to return to his alma mater, which cleared the way for Chris Petersen to take the job. Three years later, Petersen’s Huskies are coming off a College Football Playoff berth and their first conference title in 16 years.

The Huskies (12-2, 8-1 Pac-12 last year) reached the Pac-12’s pinnacle and now are fighting to stay there. UW’s success cost the team four early entrants in the 2017 NFL Draft, including star wide receiver John Ross (ninth overall pick) and second-round defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones, and two assistant coaches, who were hired by NFL teams.

“To me, it is much harder to stay up near the top than get there,” Petersen told the Seattle Times. “These guys don’t know that, but I do. So that’ll be the next step.

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Washington 86, UCLA 84: Bryce Alford, Jonah Bolden

After UCLA’s 86-84 loss to Washington, point guard Bryce Alford was asked why he and his teammates looked so unprepared to play despite hosting the Pac-12’s first-place team.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “I’m not really sure. I thought we were ready to play. Then we came out, and they kind of punched us in the mouth, and we didn’t react the way we were supposed to react.”

The Bruins trailed by as much as 19 points in the first half, and had their comeback attempt snuffed out when Andrew Andrews hit two go-ahead free throws with 3.4 seconds left.

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