Foster runs over Dawgs

DeShaun Foster ran for a career high 301 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead UCLA to a 35 - 13 win over Washington in Pasadena this afternoon. Foster ran up, down, around, and mostly through a Husky defense that had difficulty bringing the Heisman trophy candidate down all afternoon.

Foster had over 130 yards after contact, showing his toughness. His 301 yards are a new UCLA school record and his four touchdowns were an opponent record against Washington.

UCLA's defense was the story, forcing the Huskies to punt 10 times and forced five three-and-outs from the Husky offense when the game was still somewhat in question. Washington was only able to rush for a net of 17 yards for the entire game. Cornerback Omare Lowe was the leading rusher on the day, picking up 24 yards on a fake punt.

Taylor Barton made his first Pac-10 start and struggled. He was harassed and hurried all afternoon by a ferocious UCLA defense. Barton has a reputation for being extremely accurate but the pressure caused him to miss open receivers. Barton was sacked four times and hit an amazing 31 times by the Bruin defense. The Washington quarterback was forced to pull himself off of the turf 16 times while the Husky offensive line struggled to keep the floodgates closed.

Barton finished the day 22 of 44 for 316 yards with one touchdown and one interception while getting physically abused worse than any Husky quarterback in recent memory. It was a gutsy performance from the junior quarterback.

UCLA created the first break of the game on Washington's first possession. Bruin defensive lineman Rod Leisle blew past Nick Newton to sack Taylor Barton and knock the ball free. Barton's fumble was recovered by Kenyon Coleman at the UW 32. An 11-yard completion to Bryan Poli-Dixon moved the ball down to the Husky 15. Three DeShaun Foster runs later the Bruins were in the endzone, the final five yards coming when Foster steamrolled over Wondame Davis and Jamaun Willis. That Foster run set the tone for the entire game.

On UCLA's next possession a well-designed screen pass to fullback Ed Ieremia-Stansbury went for 15 yards. That was followed by a 33-yard bomb to Poli-Dixon, which moved the ball all the way to the Husky 32-yard line. From there Foster ran the final 21-yards bowling over Greg Carothers and through Wondame Davis and into the endzone to make it 14-0 with still 5:52 remaining in the first quarter.

Disaster struck on Washington's next punt when Marcus Reese came right up the gut to snuff Derek McLaughlin's boot. The ball was picked up by freshman Jabril Raymo, who easily ran the final 14 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a three-touchdown lead and the Bruins never looked back.

It could've been much worse. UCLA was getting ready to punch it in once again when Zach Tuiasosopo belted Stansbury on a short pass and caused him to put the ball on the ground. Ben Mahdavi recovered at the Husky 15-yard line.

Washington mounted a promising drive after the turnover but it ended when Barton forced a deep ball to Reggie Williams into coverage. The ball was tipped and intercepted by Matt Ware in the endzone to end the threat.

UCLA once again shot themselves in the foot on their next drive after a Craig Bragg 26-yard punt return. A pass interference penalty on Greg Carothers set the Bruins up on the Husky 15-yard line but once again the Bruins put the ball on the ground. Foster ran up the middle and was met by Greg Carothers. Foster was able to absorb that hit but Sam Blanche was able to follow up and get his helmet on the ball. Wondame Davis recovered in the endzone for a touchback to avert yet another Bruin score.

Somehow, UCLA still only lead 21-0. Washington had but seven rushing yards to that point yet the Bruins had not pulled away from the Huskies.

Washington finally put points on the board at the end of the first half. On fourth and three on the UCLA 39, Washington went for it. Barton pump faked, absorbed a shot to the head from Brandon Chillar, and threw deep to Elstrom. The senior from Puyallup was two-yards behind UCLA safety Jason Stephens, made the grab at the five yard line, and scored with 20 seconds remaining in the half. John Anderson's point-after-touchdown caromed off the left upright and bounced wide to leave the score 21-6 at intermission.

Washington's first drive of the second half went three and out. UCLA was aided by a delay of game penalty on Washington, which turned a 3rd and two into a 3rd and seven.

After the Husky punt DeShaun Foster bolted 64 yards through the middle of the Husky defense, breaking through missed tackles by Greg Carothers and Chris Massey before being chased out of bounds inside the one-yard line by Omare Lowe. Washington looked to be the recipient of another huge UCLA gaffe when Paus was unable to cleanly hand the ball off to Foster and Owen Biddle recovered.

However Washington's defense had 12 men on the field, giving the ball right back to the Bruins. Foster thumped it in one play later to stake the Bruins to a 28-6 lead.

Washington's defense stepped up on UCLA's next drive to keep the Dawgs in the game temporarily. UCLA went for it on fourth and three when Jerome Stevens forced Paus out of the pocket and true freshman Tui Alailefaleula sacked him at the 15-yard line.

The Huskies used that defensive stand to make a run at the Bruins. After Washington failed to convert their 10th of 11 third down attempts, they dropped back to punt. Special Teams Coach Bobby Hauck called for a play the Huskies practiced often on Wednesday. The snap went to the up-man, Todd Elstrom, who pitched the ball to Omare Lowe on a reverse. Lowe picked up 24 yards and Washington was in business at the UCLA 40. Barton made his best two throws of the day, one to Collier for 11 yards and then a dart to Elstrom put the Huskies into a first and goal on the UCLA 8-yard line.

Then the wheels came off. An illegal substitution penalty was whistled on Washington when they broke the huddle with 12 men. Two plays later David Ball blew through Khalif Barnes to separate the ball from Barton. UCLA recovered and the Husky momentum was dead.

Washington made one last drive. Barton withstood a barrage of hits and pass rushers while leading the Huskies down the field. He converted a fourth and seven by finding Hooks on a site read adjustment and some nifty running by the junior wide receiver. A sure touchdown pass eluded Washington when Collier dropped the ball near the goal line, but Barton shook it off and found Elstrom to move the ball inside the UCLA three-yard line.

Once again the Husky redzone offense turned gray. On first down linebacker Robert Thomas came through to drop Rich Alexis for a five-yard loss. On second down a gadget play looked like it would work when Willie Hurst took a pitch and stopped to throw. Unfortunately Hurst was not able to get enough air under the ball to get it over the UCLA defender and into a wide-open Todd Elstrom's hands. On third down Barton play-actioned and threw a perfect ball to Kevin Ware in the endzone. Ware was not able to hang on to the pass as he bobbled it and didn't cleanly secure the ball until he was right at the end line. The official ruled his knee out of bounds. On fourth down Barton's pass was batted and Ware made a diving attempt but was not able to hang on.

UCLA put the final nail in the Husky coffin when Foster broke Ben Mahdavi's tackle and took it up the right sideline for an electrifying 92-yard touchdown.

Washington was able to put a late touchdown together against UCLA's reserves. Barton hit Arnold, Elstrom, Hurst, and Williams to move the ball from the Husky 29 all the way down to the UCLA 17-yard line. A pass interference penalty moved the ball to the two. On second down Hurst ran off tackle for a 1-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.

UCLA was on the verge of scoring again but took a knee at the Husky two-yard line in a kind gesture.

Todd Elstrom led the Huskies with six receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Paul Arnold also had six grabs for 74 yards. Freshman receiver Reggie Williams made for receptions for 61 yards.

For UCLA, linebacker Robert Thomas had 10.5 stops with 3 tackles for loss to lead the Bruins. Defensive tackle Rod Leisle added two more tackles for loss and was the anchor of a defensive front that dominated the Washington front line.

For Washington, cornerback Omare Lowe and linebacker Jamaun Willis each had 4.5 tackles apiece to lead the Huskies in that category. Alailefaleula, Anthony Kelley, and Josh Miller each had a sack.
Notes and quotes from the Rose Bowl locker room will be posted later this evening.

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