UCLA dismantled Washington early and decisively, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and never looking back, ultimately winning 35-13 Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
It actually could have been much worse and wasn't as close as the score indicates. UCLA squandered a few opportunities, particularly giving up two costly fumbles within Washington's 10-yard line, one by fullback Ed Ieremia-Stansbury and one by tailback DeShaun Foster.
But that's about all you can point out negatively about Foster for the day. Foster more than likely planted himself at the top of the Heisman Trophy race with a stunning performance on national television, running for a school-record 301 yards and four touchdowns. His performance was capped by a 4th-quarter 92-yard touchdown scamper.
UCLA's defense held Washington to 16 yards rushing, dominating the line of scrimmage, and forcing Washington, in the role of having to play catch-up, to go to the air. While talking about post-season awards, Robert Thomas could be the leading candidate for the Dick Butkus Award with a spectacular performance, registering 12 tackles, three of which were brilliant tackles for loss.
The Bruins, now 5-0 for the first time since 1998, will almost assuredly move up to #6 in both polls, with #1-ranked Florida losing to Auburn on Saturday.