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For those Husky fans that were only able to watch the first half of Washington's game at UCLA on Saturday, they were in for a shock when they found out what had transpired after halftime. It was the best of times, and then it was DEFINITELY the worst of times, all in one football game that would've made Charles Dickens vomit.

For those like me who watched the game for its duration, the end result was just as disheartening.

The Bruins outscored the Huskies 39-0 after intermission to win in a 46-16 blowout.

The Huskies, who fell to 3-2 on the year after the mind-boggling loss, were understandably upset in the locker room the game. Two days later, at Monday's press conference, many of the team's leaders spoke to the media and attempted to come up with explanations for Saturday's second-half meltdown.

"We were as confident as we could be at halftime," said senior quarterback Cody Pickett, unable to come up with answers. "Especially on offense, we felt like they couldn't stop us at all in the first half."

Washington had a chance to put the Bruins away in the first half, but failed to take full advantage of several opportunities inside the UCLA-20. As a result, when Evan Knudson's field goal sailed through the uprights just before halftime, the Huskies led just 16-7. The lead could have very easily been 17 points or more had the Washington offense put the ball in the end zone instead of settling for field goals.

"We've just got to be smarter in the red zone," said Pickett, whose Husky offense ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in red zone scoring. "When we get down there, we can't have turnovers and we can't have penalties."

"We just need to execute," said Reggie Williams, who's been Pickett's No. 1 target this season once the Huskies pass the opponents' 20-yard-line. "We practice it every day. We just need to execute when we get there."

One of the biggest concerns against UCLA was the way the Huskies handled adversity when it came their way. When the Bruins scored a defensive touchdown on the first play of the second half, it was as if the wind was taking out of Washington's sails.

Khalif Barnes said Monday that simply can't happen again.

"When bad things happen, we've got to snap out of it," said the fourth-year junior that has started at weak tackle for the last three seasons.

Defensive tackle Terry Johnson echoed Barnes' sentiments before describing just how frustrated he felt watching his Husky team fall apart at the seams.

"When you are on the sideline and you know that you should be winning the game and you see things happening out there that you can't control, you feel handcuffed," said Johnson, now in his fourth season at the UW out of Tempe, Ariz. "I feel like I was almost in a cage on the sideline."

"I couldn't cross the line and get in there and play when our offense was out on the field. I wish I could have been out there."

As bad as it was, Johnson says he feels the team will be able to come together and put together a fine effort against Nevada next weekend.

"Nobody is pointing fingers. We are going to be okay," he said. "Our leaders, our captains, and our seniors are going to have to rally everyone back together. We just have to play again and we'll be better. I wish I could speed the process up but I can't."

"We just have to have another hard week of practice," said Williams, who pulled down 10 catches against UCLA and tough cornerback Matt Ware. "We have to go back to what got us those three wins when we were at home. We've got to focus up and get ready for Nevada."

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