UW Huskies Insider

Final: UCLA 27, UW 7

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm with No Comments »
November 15, 2008 4:56 pm

The Huskies finish their first winless home season in school history, 0-7.

I’ll be back later with notes and quotes.

Heading down: I’m heading down to the field a little earlier than usual due to the tight deadlines tonight. Feel free to fill in with any comments, and I’ll be back later with notes and quotes.

Start of the fourth quarter: The Bruins opened the fourth quarter with a Kahlil Bell touchdown capping a 92-yard touchdown drive, and pulling ahead 24-7.

2nd/4:53 UW went for it on a fourth down from the UCLA 39. Fouch was sacked for a 12-yard loss. UCLA moved down enough to hit a 50-yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead.

2nd/11:17 Fouch was hit and fumbled while trying to pass. UCLA took over at the UW 31 and marched in, mostly behind Kahlil Bell’s running.

End of 1st quarter: UCLA has 100 yards of total offense, UW 44. All of UW’s are on the ground. However, UW has the lone takeaway.

1st/0:44 A deflected Craft pass was intercepted by Trenton Tuiasosopo and returned to the Bruins 10. One play later, Brandon Johnson ran it in from the seven. (7-7)

1st/8:40: Brandon Johnson got the start at tailback for the first time this season.


UCLA opened with a trick play. Quarterback Kevin Craft flipped the ball to receiver Dominique Johnson on an apparent end around pass. However, Johnson somehow didn’t see Marcus Everett running free far behind the UW secondary and instead carried for short yardage.

However, this only delayed things as the Bruins continued on their way to a 12-play 80-yard touchdown drive.

Kickoff: Much louder boos for Neuheisel and the Bruins when they took the field this time.

UW captains are Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Juan Garcia and Michael Gottlieb.

Washington won the toss and chose to defer. UCLA will get the ball first.

7:20 The seniors are being introduced. Perhaps the best hand for Trenton Tuiasosopo and Juan Garcia. But also very nice for Ryan Perkins. And Johnie Kirton came out in a hand-lettered “Dawg 4 Life” shirt.

7:05 The Bruins just left the field. There was some booing as Neuheisel headed up the tunnel. But the stadium is still largely empty and from what I could tell from the press box, nobody’s heart really seemed into it.

6:35: Both teams are on the field warming up. However, there has been no introduction of UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel yet … and frankly not enough fans in the stands to mount much of a cheer or boo either way.

6:30: Marlion Barnett, a 6-2, 220-pound tight end/linebacker from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., commited Saturday to join the Huskies freshman class of 2009, according to Dawgman.com and Realdawg.com.

4:55 p.m. Lightest traffic I’ve faced all season.

And even though I’m here early, it’s already almost fully dark, with most of the great Lake Washington view already gone … for tonight, and for another season.

The plan tonight is to go with our usual blogging plan: pregame news as it happens, then a running blog with in-game reports, then you guys have to take over with any comments while I do my postgame writing and interviews. And then I’ll be back with final notes and quotes.

There might be fewer in-game reports tonight just because the late start makes the newspaper deadline pretty tight, so I’ll need to be writing as the game plays out.

A reminder, kickoff is 7:15 — actually, 7:26 I think — and the game will be on FSN.

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