UCLA Tops Washington, 27-7
Nov. 15, 2008
SEATTLE (AP) -Led by Khalil Bell's 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Rick Neuheisel made a successful return to his former school as UCLA beat Washington 27-7 on Saturday night.
The Bruins (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10) scored on the first drive of the game and never trailed as Washington played its final home game under Tyrone Willingham.
The Huskies are 0-10 (0-7 Pac-10) for the first time in school history.
But with the two schools occupying the bottom of the Pac-10 standings, the focus was bound to be on the sidelines.
Neuheisel first stepped on the field about two hours before kickoff, his first time in the stadium since June 2003, and lingered near midfield taking in his old surroundings.
His security detail was more cursory than a show of force with one lone state trooper jogging across the field with Neuheisel when the Bruins emerged from the locker room before kickoff.
Meanwhile, Willingham walked the Washington sideline for the last time in Husky Stadium.
A familiar name to Neuheisel tried to give Washington momentum early. Trenton Tuiasosopo, cousin of Marques who led Washington to the 2001 Rose Bowl, intercepted Kevin Craft to set up Washington's first touchdown and deflected another pass that became Craft's second interception of the first half.
Craft threw his third interception early in the second half and faced an upset Neuheisel when he returned to the sideline.
But UCLA's defense stopped Washington in place and Craft responded by engineering a 15-play, 92-yard drive, hitting on all three of his throws. Bell then flew over the pile from the 1 on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Bruins up 24-7.
Washington's only score - a 7-yard TD run by Brandon Johnson - came on a drive in the first quarter that started at the UCLA 11. The Huskies finished with only 135 total yards.