I'm just back from talking to coach Willingham and some Huskies. I'll post some of their thoughts next.
Meanwhile, these highlights stood out to me:
Player of the game
UCLA tailback Chris Markey rushed for 193 yards on 14 carries. His biggest run was a 72-yard burst early in the fourth quarter that moved the Bruins ahead, 31-17.
Trailing by seven, Washington faced a third and 12 late in the third quarter. Quarterback Jake Locker overthrew receiver D'Andre Goodwin to the sideline, and the pass was picked off by UCLA safety Dennis Keyes who sprinted untouched for 60 yards down the sideline, pumping the Bruins lead to 24-10, a two-touchdown deficit the Huskies could never overcome.
UCLA controlled the stats sheet more than they did the scoreboard … The Bruins dominated first downs, 24-16, and total yardage, 537-340.
UCLA badly fooled UW on a second quarter play in which receiver Brandon Breazell took a reverse and passed to receiver Terrence Austin, who was running wide open behind UW defenders Roy Lewis and Jason Wells to the Huskies 6. UCLA went on for a touchdown, reclaiming the lead, 10-7.
Later in the quarter, the Huskies tried their own trickery, as tailback Louis Rankin took a handoff on a sweep, then turned and tried to throw back to quarterback Jake Locker. However, Locker was covered and Rankin threw the ball away.
Midway through the first quarter, Markey found a hole up the gut and seemed headed for the goal line. However, UW cornerback Roy Lewis made up a lot of ground and caught Markey from behind turning a would-be touchdown into a 66-yard gain. That paid off in points, as the Bruins eventually had to settle for a field goal.
After UW cut the UCLA lead to 31-24, UCLA's Matthew Slater returned the following kickoff 85 yards to push the Bruins ahead, 38-24.
For Washington, linebacker Chris Stevens repeatedly was the first player down on punt coverage, and recovered a second-quarter turnover when a bouncing punt glanced over a fallen Bruin.
For UW, Matt Mosley started at the cornerback spot that had been manned by true freshman Vonzell McDowell Jr., who gave up a 68-yard touchdown pass last week against Ohio State. … Washington cornerback Byron Davenport, who played his freshman season at UCLA, visited with several of his former teammates before the game. He saw his most significant action of the season, first in the nickle, and then taking Mosley's spot in the base defense. … However, the UW coaches' stated intention of using a reserve tailback to rest Louis Rankin didn't happen. Neither did their plan to try to inject more big-strike capability into the offense by using more of Goodwin.
The Huskies reported no serious injuries. Jake Locker said he was fine, and E.J. Savannah said his neck stinger returned a bit but that he'd be fine for next week.
Meanwhile, the Bruins started the game minus seven regular starters lost to injury: quarterback Ben Olson, fullback Michael Pitre, receiver Marcus Everett, guard Shannon Tevaga, defensive end Nikola Dragovic, defensive tackle Brigham Harwell, and linebacker Aaron Whittington. … In the fourth quarter, replacement quarterback Patrick Cowan was injured and was replaced by redshirt freshman McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
After suffering two blocked field goals in the previous to games, UW kicker Ryan Perkins nailed a 35-yarder in the first half, which tied the game at 10. … There was relatively heavy rain across the Los Angeles area Friday night and through Saturday afternoon. However, a tarp covered the Rose Bowl field, and there was a relatively fast track. (By the way, the Rose Bowl press box elevator operator reports that UCLA traditionally gets its wettest days when the Northwest schools visit.) … The Washington captains were Anthony Russo, Jordan Reffett, Dan Howell and Louis Rankin.
No. 1 Southern California, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium.