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Bruins' defense FOSTERs win over dawgs
by Malamute, 14 October 2001

UCLA overpowered Washington, 35-13, winning the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball. On a hot blistering day in Pasadena, with 23 seniors in its arsenal, the Bruins snapped Washington’s 12-game winning streak, using a bye week to its advantage. DeShaun Foster, the best running back the Pac-10 has seen since the days of Cory Dillon, ran for 301 yards and four touchdowns.

UCLA bolted from the gate, with three quick touchdowns, to take a 21-0 lead in the first quarter; they were never headed after that. In that quarter, the Bruins forced Taylor Barton to fumble while being sacked and the offense turned it into a quick touchdown, taking 6 plays to go 32 yards; later in the quarter, the Bruins drove 85 yards in six plays to take a 14-0 lead with 5:52 to go. DeShaun Foster capped the drive with his 21-yard run. Then UCLA's Marcus Reese blocked a Derek McLaughlin punt and Jybril Raymo recovered the ball on the six yard line and ran it in for a touchdown at 2:08.

Later in the second quarter, using a pump fake that froze UCLA's defenders, Taylor Barton connected with Todd Elstrom for 39 yards and a touchdown with 20 seconds left on the clock. John Anderson missed the try for point.

On the Bruins' first possession of the third quarter, Foster ran 64 yards before being stopped on the Washington one. Foster capped his effort by scoring the touchdown, which made it 28-6. Later in the fourth quarter, Foster ran for 92 yards to make it 35-6. Willie Hurst ended the scoring from one yard out, and John Anderson made the try for point, making it 35-13.

It was a courageous game for Taylor Barton who was too woozy to talk to reporters after the game; he was suffering from a sprained ankle and a headache. As a precautionary measure he was taken to the UCLA Medical Center. 

In the second quarter, the Bruins were flagged for 15 yards after Dave Ball gave Barton a double whammy across the top of his helmet. Barton had just thrown an interception and was getting to his feet when Ball cannonaded him from behind. They were forty yards away from the play, the ball downed in the end zone. Ball should have been sent to the locker room. 

Barton was 22-44-1 for 316 yards and one touchdown. Without a running game to help him out, Barton was scrambling for his life throughout most of the game; he was sacked four times and credited with 11 rushes for -10 yards. He was hit 40 times or so by UCLA defenders. The Huskies rushed for 16 yards on 29 attempts.

Washington obviously misses TE Jerramy Stevens, who is out with a broken left foot. In its last three games, Washington has completed only three passes to its tight ends, one to Kevin Ware in the Cal game and one each to Joe Collier in the USC and UCLA games. This means that teams can double up on freshman sensation, Reggie Williams, with relative impunity. And UCLA did just that; however, Williams caught 4 passes for 61 yards. Todd Elstrom caught 6 passes for 112 yards.

A number of Husky fans attended the game, including the ubiquitous Raymond Puckett, who is seen doffing his cap. Puckett can be seen at almost every Husky road game. He travels well, as do almost all of the dawg fans. It's fans like him that make the Washington Huskies so very special. The Husky warm ups are the very best part of the game in my opinion.

It was 96 degrees in Pasadena and warmer down on the field.

Statistics:

Washington 0 6 0 7 13
UCLA 21 0 7 7 35

 

Statistics Washington UCLA
First Downs 18 19
Rushing yards 29-(-8) 45-325
Passing yards 340 128
Sacked-yards  4-33 3-21
Return yards 6 70
Passes 23-45-1 9-19-0
Punts 10-37.5 6-47.2
Fumbles lost 2-2 5-3
Penalties-yards 7-60 5-42
Time of Possession 30:44 29:16
                     
Individual Statistics 

RUSHING: Washington-Hurst 10-20, Barton 11 (-10),
Alexis 7 (-18).
UCLA-Foster 31-301, White 4-36, Norton 1-5, 
Ieremia-stans 3-4, C Bragg 1-4, Paus 4(-23)

PASSING: Washington-Barton 23-44-1-340, Hurst 0-1-0-0.
UCLA-Paus 9-19-0-128.

RECEIVING: Washington-Elstrom 6-112, Arnold 6-74, 
R Williams 4-61, Hooks 2-34, Alexis 2-10, Lowe 1-24,
Hurst 1-13, Collier 1-12.
UCLA-Polidixon 4-69, Perry 2-29, Ieremia-stans 2-20, Bragg
1-10.
 

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