This is the long-awaited week that marks the return of former coach Rick Neuheisel to Husky Stadium.
However, as the events of this season have turned out, the hello to Neuheisel might take the backseat to a goodbye to this unfortunate UW senior class, which will run down that Husky Stadium tunnel for the last time.
Saturday will also mark the last time down that tunnel for coach Tyrone Willingham.
And perhaps even a chance for a victory, as Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins are struggling, too: 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10.
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Kickoff is 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The game will be shown on FSN.
Here's a link to the UCLA football Website.
And here's another to the UCLA coverage of the LA Daily News.
But before moving on to all that, a last glance back at the week behind:
Washington hung with Arizona State for three quarters before giving up the final 23 points on the way to a 39-19 loss. That dropped the Huskies to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference. It also set a UW record of 11 straight losses, the longest ongoing streak in major college football.
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
The Huskies opened their playbook with a variety of trick plays. The reverses and receiver passes entertained the fans for a while, and also seemed to energize the Huskies. Freshman Cody Bruns caught two passes and completed two passes. Ryan Perkins was 4-for-4 on field goals.
SOMETHING TO WORK ON
The UW running game sputtered to a near halt at 1.9 yards per carry. QB Ronnie Fouch completed only 13 of 40 passes with two interceptions and no touchdowns. The defense allowed Rudy Carpenter to complete 22 of 31 passes and Keegan Herring to run for 144 yards.
Perkins has decided to give up the game after this season due to lingering knee trouble. Returner Jordan Polk (concussion) and CB Vonzell McDowell Jr. (apparent arm injury) left the game and didn't return. QB Jake Locker's original return date is near, but the risk may outweigh the reward.