Huskies Fall To UCLA, 35-13
Oct 13, 2001
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Look out, Florida!
And Miami, Oklahoma and Nebraska, as well.
The UCLA Bruins believe they can play with anyone in the country, and ifSaturday is a reliable barometer, they're right up there.
'We just wanted to get out there and show America,' DeShaun Foster saidafter rushing for a school-record 301 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 7Bruins routed No. 10 Washington 35-13.
'We are shooting for the national championship, we just can't get ahead ofourselves. As long as we keep winning games, we'll be here for thechampionship.'
The national championship game will be played Jan. 3 at the Rose Bowl - siteof UCLA's domination of the early season Pac-10 showdown with the Huskies.
Foster, who carried 31 times, scored on runs of 5 and 21 yards in the firstperiod, a 1-yarder in the third period and a 92-yarder with 4:02 left in thegame.
They were the first rushing touchdowns allowed by Washington this season,and the four rushing TDs tied a UCLA school record.
'It's good to get 300 yards, but to do it against a Top 10 team is great,'said Foster, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior. 'I just try to keep my feet moving,that's what works for me.'
Foster's total is the third-highest in Pac-10 history, behind Rueben Mayesof Washington State, who gained 357 yards against Oregon in 1984, and RickyBell of USC, who gained 347 against Washington State in 1976.
The Bruins are getting it done behind the play of Foster and a veterandefense led by linebacker Robert Thomas that entered the season havingsomething to prove.
Mission accomplished, to date.
UCLA (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10), which gave up a school-record 368 points last year,ranks among the best defensive teams in the country this season, having allowed60 points including 26 in the last three games.
'This is clearly the finest football team we have played in a long, longtime,' Washington offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson said. 'Their frontis very powerful. It was ridiculous, the way we let them in.'
Barton was 22-of-44 for 316 yards with one interception. Under heavypressure all day, he was sacked four times and lost two fumbles. And theWashington ground game was nearly nonexistent, netting only 16 yards.
The Huskies (4-1, 2-1) were 20th in the country in scoring coming in with a33.5-point average.
And they had been especially effective at coming from behind in the fourthquarter, having rallied for three such victories this season and five lastyear.
This game was out of reach by that time, and it could have been moreone-sided had UCLA not blown three golden scoring opportunities - one when afumble by Foster was recovered by Wondame Davis in the Washington end zone.
'We've got great chemistry right now,' UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. 'We'vejust got to keep a level head, keep playing hard.
'I thought we made a statement, I thought we showed the country that we'vegot a good football team. A lot of people the first four games questioned eachteam we played. I don't think there's any question anymore.
'How many more games are we going to win? I don't know, but I like ourchances, I like this football team.'
Foster's third touchdown less than two minutes into the third quarter gavethe Bruins a 28-6 lead, and it remained that way until his long run, which gavethe crowd of 70,377 a final chance to roar.
Foster broke the UCLA rushing record of 274 yards by Theotis Brown in 1978.Foster entered the game as the 10th-leading rusher in the country with a128-yard average. Now, he's averaging 162.3.
'Big congratulations to a fine UCLA team,' Washington coach Rick Neuheiselsaid after his team's second loss in 17 games. 'They dominated play, noexcuses. We got beat at every position.'
UCLA quarterback Cory Paus completed 9 of 19 passes for 128 yards withoutbeing intercepted, extending his streak without an interception to 173 passesincluding 106 this year.
The Bruins took a 21-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes on Foster's first twotouchdown runs and Jibril Raymo's 6-yard return of a punt blocked by MarcusReese.
Barton threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom on a fourth-and-3 playwith 20 seconds left before halftime, capping a 69-yard, six-play drive andcutting UCLA's lead to 21-6. UCLA's first-team defense hadn't allowed atouchdown in the previous 11 quarters.
John Anderson's conversion hit the left upright.
Willie Hurst scored on a 1-yard run for the Huskies with 2:40 left in thegame to complete the scoring.
Washington reached the UCLA 2 midway through the fourth quarter, but Thomas,who had 12 tackles including three for losses, threw Rich Alexis for a 3-yardloss and later broke up a fourth-down pass in the end zone.
Curtis Williams, the Washington safety paralyzed from the neck down in agame at Stanford last October, attended the game - his first since the RoseBowl on New Year's Day when the Huskies beat Purdue 34-24 to cap an 11-1season.
Williams, who lives in Fresno, met with several Washington players on thefield before being transported to a private booth to watch the game.to watch the game.