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Dawgs go possum; Bruins awesome
Ball and Leisle give Bruins half-life
By: Malamute, 4 October 2003

Scoring 39 unanswered points in the second half, UCLA thrashed the Washington Huskies 46-16, in a game played at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. Taking control in the second half, UCLA's dominating defense forced 4 Washington turnovers, which led to 25 of its points.

The Huskies' West Coast Offense played to a text book first half, taking a 16-7 lead at the break. Mixing a short passing game with just enough running to keep the Bruins honest, the UW posted 17 first downs to the Bruins' 5 and amassed 271 total yards to UCLA's 139.

With the ball on its own 19, with 1:10 to go in the first half, the UW worked the ball to the Bruins' 19 and then kicked a 37-yard field goal to climax a brilliant two-minute offense. It was quintessential WCO.

But the UW's WCO turned into a worst-coast offense in the second half, as turnovers marred its performance.

All of Washington's momentum so carefully gained in the first half abruptly crashed at the start of the second half when Roc Alexander returned the opening kickoff, instead of downing the ball in the end zone, and was stopped on his own 7.

Then DT Rodney Leisle, who sat out the first half for punching a San Diego State player in the stomach in the Bruins' last game, took the field.

Combing with DE Dave Ball, who hammered QB Cody Pickett as he went back to pass, Leslie fell on the loose ball for a touchdown, cutting Washington's lead to 16-14.

That brought the crowd back into the game and sparked a UCLA defense that came into the game ranked number one in the Pac-10. While the Bruins' defense put the collar on the Dawgs, its version of the WCO came to life for the first time this season, mirroring Washington's version of the same in the first half--only with a longer passing game and a better running game to make it more effective.

As in the game against the Blue last season, not being able to run the ball in the second half contributed to the Dawgs' apathetic play. The Huskies ended up with 78 yards rushing on the evening, running the ball 31 times, while averaging 2.5 yards per rush.

Because of its short, ball-control offense, the Huskies are in deep yogurt when they fall behind, and that was evident in the second half.

Imagery: Near the end of the game, Reggie Williams' and Tank Johnson's emotional outbursts on the sidelines made the other UW players look bad. The Dawgs never gave up, but were physically outmatched. Remember the Bruins have out-recruited the Huskies in 4 of the last 5 years, and it showed in the second half.

Clichés: Football is a game of emotion; defense wins ball games.

Gilby: Commenting on the second half, Coach Keith Gilbertson said, "I was shocked watching it...we never got it stopped...we never got going on offense. The wheels came off. The game was out of reach so fast--very frustrating."

Medical report: Offensive lineman Dan Dicks sprained his left knee again, damaging the medial collateral ligament.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot
UCLA 0 7 15 24 46
UW 10 6 0 0 16

Time Team How Player(s) Score
1st Q
9:14 UW FG Evan Knudson kicked a 44-yard field goal; 11 plays 38 yards UW 3-0
4:57 UW TD Cody Pickett 9-yard pass to Reggie Williams; 5 plays 56 yards; Knudson kick. UW 10-0
2nd Q        
11:36 UW FG Knudson 24-yard field goal; 13 plays 71 yards. UW 13-0
9:12 UCLA TD Tyler Ebell 7-yard run; Justin Medlock kick; 5 plays 72 yards UW 13-7
0:00 UW FG Knudson 37-yard kick; 10 plays 63 yards. UW 16-7
3rd Q        
14:47 UCLA TD Leisle recovered fumble in endzone; Medlock kick UW 16-14
4:19 UCLA TD Manuel White 1-yard run; 2-point pass from Olson; 14 plays, 91 yards. UCLA 22-16
3rd Q        
12:13 UCLA FG Medlock 39-yard field goal; 11 plays, 66 yards UCLA 25-16
12:05 UCLA TD Jarrad Page 24-yard interception return; Medlock kick UCLA 32-16
3:30 UCLA TD Drew Olson 2-yard run; Medlock kick; 7 plays; 70 yards UCLA 39-16
2:05 UCLA TD Maurice Drew 9-yard run; Medlock kick. 2 plays, 11 yards. UCLA 46-16

Statistic UW UCLA
Total First Downs 20 18
  Passing 16 10
  Rushing 4 8
  Penalty 0 0
Total Net Yards 339 371
Net Yards Rushing 78 137
Net Yards Passing 281 258
Completions-attempted-int 26-46-3 16-24-1
Punts Average 6-45.2 6-42.8
Sacks by 4-24 4-20
Return Yardage 6 24
  Punts Yards 2-4 3,-2
  Kickoff Yards 5-71 2-43
  Interceptions Yards 1-2 3-41
Penalties Yards 10-62 13-126
Fumbles, Lost 3-1 1-0
Time of Possession  30:54 29:06

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Drew Olson 16 24 258 1 2
Cody Pickett 26 42 281 1 2
Casey Paus 0 3 0 0 1
Rushing att yds tds long  
Manuel White, Jr. 19 83 1    
Tyler Ebell 10 50 1    
Maurice Drew 4 18 1    
Drew Olson 6 -14 1    
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Rich Alexis 18 78 0    
Isaiah Stanback 1 1 0    
Z. Tuiasosopo 2 2 0    
Kenny James 5 17 0    
Cody Pickett 5 -21 0    
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
Craig Braqq 8 142 0  
Marcedes Lewis 2 28 0  
Maurice Drew 2 22 9  
Manuel White, Jr. 2 18 0  
Junior Taylor 1 38 0    
Ryan Smith 1 10 0    
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Reggie Williams 10 105 1  
Charles Frederick 5 58 0  
Ben Bandel 4 37 0
Rich Alexis 2 30 0    
Justin Robbins 1 8 0    
Jon Lyon 2 31 9    
Isaiah Stanback 1 9 0    
Kenny James 1 3 0    
Punting punts yds long Avg
Chris Kluwe 6 258 52 43  
Garth Erickson 6 275 58 45.8  

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