Game Analysis - UCLA

A look at who stood out, who struggled and what needs to be worked on after watching the Huskies fall by a score of 44-30 to UCLA in front of 65,547 at Husky Stadium...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: After Washington drove down on their first drive of the second quarter and got their only touchdown of the game, a six-yard touchdown run by Cyler Miles, UCLA answered with a 10-play 65 yard drive that was capped off when Brett Hundley went over for his own six-yard touchdown, his second of the night, to put UCLA back up 21-10 and essentially taking the wind completely out of the sails for both the Husky offense, the Husky defense and the crowd who had gotten back into the game with Washington’s previous score.

Offensive Player of the Game: Shaq Thompson, yet again, was the best player on the field for the Huskies as he totaled 100 yards on 16 carries.

Defensive Player of the Game: The defense did not have a good night overall, allowing 478 yards of offense, but if you watch what senior DT Danny Shelton did, you had to give this award to him. Shelton only posted four tackles, but he was disruptive up front all night and, without a viable outside rush from Hau'oli Kikaha to rely on, Shelton was the focus of the Bruins’ blocking scheme.

Handouts to the standouts: Congratulations to John Ross as he finally had a kickoff return for a touchdown, this one a 100-yarder in the third quarter, that wasn’t called by penalty; Joshua Perkins had a nice night, hauling in four receptions for 49 yards; Cyler Miles finished the night just 14 of 24 for 155 yards with no touchdowns and an interception (on his last throw of the night), but he was the second-best running threat to Thompson on the night, carrying the ball 17 times for 67 yards and he was punished several times, absorbing some huge shots including one from Erik Hendricks on Washington’s final drive; Deontae Cooper continues to be a nice threat as a receiver out of the backfield hauling in two receptions for 40 yards. One of his receptions actually went for 64 yards, but was called back about 40 yards on a questionable hold call on Jaydon Mickens; Korey Durkee actually had a very nice night averaging 47.5 yards on four punts with a long of 53 yarsd. He dropped one inside the 20 and had two punts that went over 50 yards; Cameron Van Winkle hit all three of his field goal attempts (20, 47, 38); Travis Feeney had a couple of missed opportunities, but generally he played the best of the Husky linebackers, finishing with five tackles and a tackle-for-loss. His missed interception, which may have resulted in a pick six, was a huge miss and turned into a 10-point swing as UCLA hit a field goal three plays later; Huge credit goes out to Thompson who, in addition to his contributions on offense, also had four tackles on defense; before he left with an injury, Kikaha looked like he was going to have a big night as he got consistent pressure on Hundley early and finished with a sack and two tackles.

Stat of the game: Washington’s defense allowed UCLA to go 8 of 14 on third down. The other disappointing stat was UW’s seven penalties for 65 yards. A couple of those penalties were killers. Several were stupid penalties including one on first down for a delay of game and another delay of game when the Huskies looked poised to run a

Needs work: The young secondary, starting three true freshmen, really struggled with the UCLA passing game, allowing Hundley to go 29 of 36 for 302 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Making matters worse was the fact that Washington’s only consistent edge-rusher (Kikaha) left in the first quarter with a stinger and that allowed Hundley plenty of time to find open receivers.

Bottom line: Washington’s effort in the first half was poor, for the second-straight week, but they showed a lot of heart in winning the second half (20-13) and making things a bit uncomfortable for the Bruins in the fourth quarter. Chris Petersen and the rest of the staff still have a long way to go in implementing their system and the mentality they want in the players, but they still have three more games and, hopefully, a bowl game to continue working on those areas.


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