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UCLA takes care of business, and Washington, 41-31

November 15, 2013|By Mike Hiserman
  • UCLA receiver Devin Fuller is brought down by Washington safety Tre Watson after a reception in the first half.
UCLA receiver Devin Fuller is brought down by Washington safety Tre Watson… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

UCLA did what it needed to do at the Rose Bowl on Friday night: Beat Washington for the eighth consecutive time in Pasadena.

The Bruins won, 41-31, getting their first five touchdowns from players who usually star on defense.

Linebacker Myles Jack scored four touchdowns, becoming the first UCLA player to accomplish that feat in a game since Maurice Jones-Drew scored five against the Huskies in 2004.

The scores came on runs of eight, one, one and two yards.

The Bruins also got a two-yard touchdown reception from defensive end-turned-tight end Cassius Marsh.

UCLA improved to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. The No. 13 Bruins are a half-game behind No. 19 Arizona State in the Pac-12 South Division. Arizona State plays host to Oregon State on Saturday.

UCLA controls whether it reaches the Pac-12 championship game. The Bruins play host to Arizona State in a week, and then play USC. The Trojans were tied with UCLA before the Bruins won Friday. USC plays host to No. 4 Stanford on Saturday.

Washington dropped to 6-4 overall, 3-4 in Pac-12 play.

Washington’s Bishop Sankey, who entered the game averaging 145 yards rushing a game, third-best in the nation, was held to 91 yards in 27 carries.

UCLA, meantime, rushed for 222 yards. Paul Perkins led the way with 86 yards in 21 carries, Malcolm Jones had 61 yards in nine carries and Jack had 59 yards in 13 carries.

The Bruins also forced four turnovers, including two fumble recoveries early in the game and two interceptions late in the game.

Washington played the second half without senior quarterback Keith Price, who sustained a shoulder injury on the Huskies' final plays of the first half.

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Another interception for UCLA, this one by linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who, in case your wondering, hasn't done a darn thing on offense tonight.

The Bruins take over at the Washington 30 with a little more than two minutes to play.

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Randall Goforth's third interception of the year has the Bruins with the ball at the Washington 39 with 3:26 left in regulation.

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UCLA 41, Washington 31 (8:01 left in fourth quarter)

The second-most impressive freshman on the Rose Bowl field tonight is Washington receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow.

He had only three receptions before tonight's game, but he has seven for 140 yards and a touchdown.

The touchdown just came on a 14-yard pass from Cyler Miles.

Stringfellow was stopped at the two-yard line, but bulled his way through three defenders.

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UCLA 41, Washington 24 (9:57 left in fourth quarter)

That was fast.

One play after Washington turned the ball over at its own 40, the Bruins strike.

Brett Hundley hit Devin Lucien on a quick slant pattern and Lucien broke one tackle and made another defender miss on his way to the end zone.

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UCLA takes over at Washington 40 after pass on fourth-and-two falls incomplete.

That was a big risk by Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian.

Bishop Sankey lost a yard on a third-and-one run, so maybe he felt he had to pass – even with a redshirt freshman backup in at quarterback.

There's 10:04 to play.

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UCLA had a fourth-and-1 and didn't have Jack on the field.

That was a dead giveaway that the Bruins were trying to draw an off-sides call.

They punted.

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We have an Anthony Barr sighting.

He just sacked Cyler Miles, who was trying to pass on third-and-seven.

Barr had been kept mostly quiet last week and again tonight.

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Heading into the fourth quarter with UCLA just that close to what would be key victory in quest for Pac-12 South Division title and shot in conference championship game.

The Bruins trail Arizona State by a game in the standings. They need a win with showdown versus Sun Devils coming up next week.

So far, so good.

UCLA is up, 34-24.

Washington has a 331-325 edge in total yards, but Huskies have lost quarterback Keith Price and are going with redshirt freshman Cyler Miles in second half.

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Travis Coons is no longer perfect on field-goal attempts.

Coons' attempt at a season-long 48-yard field goal was blocked by Eric Kendricks.

Washington had driven to the UCLA 30 with a first down, but the drive stalled there.

The drive was extended when Washington converted on fourth-and-9 from its own 26 when Coons ran 12 yards on a fake punt.

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Myles Jack just made his second tackle of the game. The dude needs to pick it up.

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UCLA 34, Washington 24 (6:44 left in third quarter)

Myles Jack ran two yards for his fourth touchdown -- making him the first UCLA running back or linebacker or whatever he is to run for four touchdowns in a game since Maurice Jones-Drew did it against Washington in 2004.

On the drive, UCLA was third-and-two and gave it to Jack, who gained two.

Then it was third-and-three and Jack gained three.

And so it went. And goes.

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UCLA 27, Washington 24 (12:00 left in third quarter)

Turnovers were the difference for UCLA in the first half.

So far, it's Washington's turn in the second half.

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