Huskies rush past Bruins in 44 to 23 win

The Mission for the 12th ranked  University of Huskies((7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) against the UCLA  Bruins (4-4, 2-3)  was pretty simple. Ground quarterback Josh Rosen and his conference-leading aerial attack and run the ball against the worst run defense in Division I football. It took a couple drives to rattle Rosen but the Huskies eventually prevailed in accomplishing their mission.

Rosen led the Bruins on an 11 play 46-yard drive that vaulted the Bruins to a 3-0 courtesy of a JJ Molson 46 yard field goal on thier first possession of the game. The Huskies Tristan Vizcaino showed that his kicking woes were behind him when the Huskies answered with a 31-yard field to tie the game at 3-3

Jake Browning’s one-yard quarterback sneak gave the Huskies the 10-3 lead. Rosen connected with tight end Jordan Wilson from eight yards out to narrow the Huskies lead to 10-9 and it looked like it was going to be shootout between Browning and Rosen. Molson missed the extra point bringing a stadium-wide smirk from Huskies who are all too familiar with kicking game issues. The missed extra point inspired the Husky defense which stiffened and the offense continued it scoring ways.

The Huskies took a commanding lead in the first half  with a Lavon Coleman one-yard touchdown run and a 26-yard field goal by Tristan Vizcaino.  The Huskies went into the halftime break with a comfortable 20 to 9 lead. Browning threw five passes in the first half and finished the game with eight pass completions on eleven attempts.

“He only threw it 11 times, which is kind of unusual, especially for us. That wasn’t necessarily the plan. The plan was to run the ball to see how that would go. The only bad throw was the interception, but those things happen. ”  Husky coach  Chris Petersen said after the game. “I think the pass game can be like the run game. He didn’t get a lot of opportunities to get into a rhythm and really get it going. I put that on the run game. I know Jake would never say he didn’t throw a lot because he didn’t get into a rhythm. He still completed 8 of 11, still pretty efficient.”

Husky running back Myles Gaskin celebrates after scoring against the UCLA Bruins. ( Farayi Chiro)

The Husky defenses relentless tormenting and harassing of Rosen took it’s  toll in the third quarter when Bruin head coach Jim Mora took his star quarterback out of the game after seeing him endure four sacks and multiple hits.

“He took some hits, you know, he’s beat up. There’s multiple things going on. Our doctors, who are in my opinion, the best in the country, our medical staff is amazing at UCLA as everyone knows. We felt it was best to keep him out and I respect that. And I trust them and think it was the right decision. So we’ll reevaluate, they’ll examine him after the game, they’ll examine him tomorrow, and they’ll see where he’s at and then we’ll make a decision as to how we’ll move on.”

With a comfortable lead and their defense successfully imposing its will on the Bruins offense, the  Huskies went to the run game in the second half and put the game out of reach with a 17 point third quarter outburst. Coleman found the end zone for the second time in the game with a 33 yard run, Vizcaino connected from 24 yards out and Myles Gaskin completed the scoring outburst with a six-yard run.

Coleman scored his third touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter and the Bruins were able to score two late touchdowns but they were for naught as the outcome of the game had already been decided by the Huskies ability to run the ball at will against the Bruins.


The Huskies 333 rushing yards were the most since 378 gained last year at Oregon. It’s the fourth time in the Chris Petersen era that the Huskies have gained over 300 yards in a game on the ground.

Myles Gaskin went over 100 yards on the ground for the third time this year and the 17th time in his career. He moves into a second-place tie with Napoleon Kaufman for UW career 100-yard games, trailing only Chirs Polk (21).

Team Statistics

Team Statistics
Game Stats UCLA WASH
Total Yards 232 442
Pass Yards 170 109
Rushing Yards 62 333
Penalty Yards 6-59 4-47
1st Downs 15 24
3rd Downs 3-13 5-11
4th Downs 0-0 0-0
TOP 26:09 33:51
Scoring Summary
08:00 – UCLA – Molson, JJ 42 yd field goal 11 plays, 46 yards, TOP 5:12
3 0
04:00 – WASH – Vizcaino, T. 31 yd field goal 8 plays, 61 yards, TOP 4:00
3 3
14:07 – WASH – Browning, Jake 1 yd run (Vizcaino, T. kick ), 9 plays, 70 yards, TOP 3:47
3 10
10:23 – UCLA – Wilson, Jordan 8 yd pass from Rosen, Josh (Molson, JJ kick failed) 10 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:44
9 10
09:46 – WASH – Coleman, Lavon 1 yd run (Vizcaino, T. kick ), 2 plays, 18 yards, TOP 0:25
9 17
03:50 – WASH – Vizcaino, T. 26 yd field goal 7 plays, 71 yards, TOP 3:24
9 20
08:27 – WASH – Coleman, Lavon 33 yd run (Vizcaino, T. kick ), 3 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:19
9 27
02:39 – WASH – Vizcaino, T. 24 yd field goal 8 plays, 47 yards, TOP 3:56
9 30
01:01 – WASH – Gaskin, Myles 6 yd run (Vizcaino, T. kick ), 2 plays, 18 yards, TOP 0:17
9 37
11:54 – UCLA – Andrews, Darren 4 yd pass from Modster, Devon (Molson, JJ kick ) 11 plays, 81 yards, TOP 4:01
16 37
08:29 – WASH – Coleman, Lavon 13 yd run (Vizcaino, T. kick ), 8 plays, 51 yards, TOP 3:16
16 44
02:07 – UCLA – Odighizuwa, Osa 51 yd fumble recovery (Molson, JJ kick )
23 44




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