In a game that figured to feature senior QB Jake Locker, it was the running of two underclassmen – Chris Polk and Jesse Callier – that really told the tale in Washington's win over UCLA.
Polk hammered the Bruin defense all night, rushing the ball 26 times for 138 yards and a touchdown while Callier showed his explosiveness gashing the visitors from Westwood for 107 yards on 10 carries.
Locker only completed 10 of 21 passes for 68 yards and an interception, but that didn't matter as the Washington defense, allowing over 440 yards per game so far this season, held the beaten and bruised UCLA offense allowing just 163 yards of offense and picking off three passes with CB Quinton Richardson returning one 28 yards for a score that gave the Huskies a commanding 17-7 lead.
One reason for the inconsistency on offense as far as the Bruins were concerned was the exit of starting quarterback Richard Brehaut early in the third quarter after being hit in the head inadvertently by Husky senior safety Nate Williams.
Brehaut wasn't very good when he was in, going hitting just 5 of 17 attempts for 42 yards and one interception.
His replacement, junior college transfer Darius Bell, went 0 of 3 and threw the interception that Richardson brought back.
After Bell was pulled, Clayton Tunney came in and only managed to go 1 of 8 for 13 yards and an interception as well.
Defensively, the Huskies were led yet again by senior LB Mason Foster who totaled 14 tackles including three tackles-for-loss. Richardson, S Nate Fellner and LB Cort Dennison all had interceptions in the win.
Washington, now 4-6 and clinging to the hope of bowl eligibility will now prepare to play Cal on November 27th in Berkeley, before finishing out the season with the Apple Cup in Pullman on December 4th.
Huskies run over and away from Bruins
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