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Stuck on 17
Bruins were 3/4 Drew(n) and quartered
Malamute, 3 October 2005

In all four of its losses this season, Washington (1-4) has scored 17 points in each game. In all of its games, the U-Dub has been outscored by its opponents in the fourth quarter by an aggregate score of 69-21. Scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, UCLA came from behind to beat the Dawgs, 21-17, in a night game played at Pasadena, California.

So why can't our Dawgs finish people off? The answer is simple: the lack of depth resulting from two disastrous recruiting years in 2004 and 2005 means the Huskies don't have the personnel to replace people who are either hurt or exhausted going into the fourth quarter. In this era of limited scholarships, it is important that a freshman class contribute immediately, lending firepower to buttress a flagging team as a game wears on -- and as a season progresses. For example, when Dashon Goldson went down in the fourth quarter, a depleted secondary had to contend with the pinpoint throwing of UCLA quarterback Drew Olson.

If the UW can land a solid recruiting class for 2006, look for a rebound as early as next season. If Maurice Drew or Marcedes Lewis had been playing for Washington Saturday night, the Dawgs would most likely have beaten UCLA.

One outstanding player -- or two -- can be the difference in a closely matched game.

The guy above? UCLA's tight end Marcedes Lewis. Leading all pass receivers, Lewis caught 8 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

The good:

-- Washington's resurrected running game, which accounted for 213 yards.

-- The defense against the run that held the Bruins to 65 net yards. Maurice Drew, who ran for 322 yards last year, was held to just 33 yards on the ground. This time around, the Bruins were Drew(n) and quartered -- well, for three quarters, anyway.

-- An outstanding cadre of pass receivers.

-- An outstanding coaching staff.

-- The road uniforms.

-- Evan Benjamin's enthusiasm and Dashon Goldson's gutsy performance.

-- A more physical team than but a year ago.

-- Isaiah Stanback's pass efficiency rating of 133.87.

-- Ted Miller of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who predicts the Dawgs will win two conference games this season.

The bad:

-- Isaiah Stanback needs to shorten his hair in back by at least 4 inches. Humor the coach, Isaiah, and shorten your dreadlocks a tad.

-- A lack of depth.

-- The LA Times writer who wrote, "The 20th-ranked UCLA Bruins played down to their competition Saturday night, and it almost cost them against Washington at the Rose Bowl."

-- No sacks on Drew Olson.

-- Washington media relations. The pre-publicity sent to the LA media that lauded the Huskies' penalty yards, which ranked them second in the conference (41.2 yards per game) last week. One LA writer commented, you knew the Huskies were in trouble when you read that.

 -- Anyone who says it was a moral victory. I'll take any kind of victory now, even an immoral one.

-- A red zone defense that remains at 100%.

-- The guy who attended a Bruin practice at Thousand Oaks and took Marcedes's photo. (Just kidding).

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 3 7 7 0 17
UCLA 0 0 7 14 21


Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
4:56 UW FG Evan Knudson 18-yard boot UW, 3-0
2nd qtr        
14:29 UW TD Kenny James 20-yard run; Knudson kick. UW, 10-0
3rd qtr
11:35 UCLA TD Drew Olson 4-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis; Justin Medlock kick. UW, 10-7
3:18 UW TD Isaiah Stanback 1-yard run; Knudson kick. UW, 17-7
4th qtr        
14:56 UCLA TD Olson 1-yard pass to Michael Pitre; Medlock kick. UW, 17-14
1:08 UCLA TD Maurice Drew 1-yard run; Medlock kick. UCLA, 21-17


Statistic UW UCLA
Total First Downs 17 20
  Rushing 9 6
  Passing 7 12
  Penalty 1 2
Total Net Yards 401 352
Net Yards Passing 188 287
Net Yards Rushing 213 65
Completions-att-int 14-28-0 29-44-2
Punts, yards, average 6-236; 39.3 8-299; 37.4
Times sacked (number, yards) 2 (-10) 0-0
Return Yardage 30 72
  Punts Yards 2-4 2-25
  Kickoff Yards 1-26 2-47
 Interceptions returns Yds 2-0 0-0
Penalties Yards 8-55 13-110
Fumble: number, lost 2-2 0-0
Time of Possession  31:56 28:04

Passing cmp att yds tds int
UCLA          
Drew Olson 29 44 287 2 2
           
Washington          
Isaiah Stanback 14 27 188 0 0
           
Rushing att yds tds long  
UCLA          
Maurice Drew 14 33 1 14  
Chris Markey 4 21 0 10  
Drew Olson 4 14 0 11  
Michael Pitre 1 1 0 1  
           
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Isaiah Stanback 13 50 1 14  
Louis Rankin 18 109 0 49  
Kenny James 9 52 20 1  
Mark Palaita 1 2 0 2  
           
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
UCLA        
Marcedes Lewis 6 77 1 22  
Maurice Drew 5 43 0 19  
Joe Cowan 4 49 0 24  
Michael Pitre 4 20 1 8  
Marcus Everett 2 41 0 39  
Brandon Breazell 2 26 0 15  
Chris Markey 2 19 0 12  
Gavin Ketchum 1 7 0 7  
A. Baumgartner 1 5 0 5  
           
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Johnie Kirton 2 4 0 5  
Robert Lewis 1 13 0 13  
Anthony Russo 4 41 0 37  
Louis Rankin 1 9 0 9  
Sonny Shackelford 3 36 0 21  
Craig Chambers 4 65 0 34  
James Sims 1 20 0 20  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
UCLA
Aaron Perez 8 299 50 37.4  
           
Washington          
Sean Douglas 6 236 59 39.3  
           
Attendance: 64,249          

Richard Linde (a.k.a., Malamute) can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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