PASADENA, Calif. — Washington and UCLA entered the game as the two of the most penalized teams in the country. The Bruins averaged 8.9 penalties per game, with UW right behind at 8.7 per.
For the game, Washington was penalized 11 times for 113 yards while UCLA had eight penalties for 96 yards. It was the third-highest total of the season for the Huskies, who had 16 against Idaho State and 12 against Illinois.
In the first half, the Huskies were called for six penalties for 78 yards. The most costly was a hands-to-the-face call against UW left guard Dexter Charles, which negated Price’s 38-yard touchdown pass to true freshman receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow.
Replays appeared to show that Charles did not grab the face mask of the UCLA defender.
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On UCLA’s third play from scrimmage, UW senior safety Sean Parker was called for pass interference after intercepting a Brett Hundley pass, negating Parker’s interception. Four plays later, Jack scored his first touchdown.
UCLA was flagged five times for 61 yards in the first half.
King starts again
True freshman Kevin King made his second consecutive start for the Huskies at safety, with senior starter Will Shamburger sitting out again with an undisclosed injury. Stringfellow, another UW true freshman, had eight catches for 147 yards, after coming into the game with three catches for 20 yards on the season.
‘No movement’ with DirecTV
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, speaking to reporters in the Rose Bowl press box before the game, said there has been “no movement” in the conference’s negotiations with DirecTV to carry the Pac-12 Networks.
Scott said it’s been a couple months since the sides have held formal talks.
“We’re still at an impasse, unfortunately,” Scott said. “We’re as frustrated as our fans that we’re not getting it right now.”
The Rose Bowl was about half full for the 6 p.m. kickoff Friday, one of eight weeknight games the Pac-12 is obligated to host under its television contract with ESPN and FOX. Scott said he recognizes that there’s “a lot of strain” for schools having to host games on a weeknight — particularly with fans hoping to get to the Rose Bowl during rush-hour traffic in Los Angeles — but those games are also among the highest-rated on TV, he said.
“It’s a very delicate balance in terms of what we’re trying to do to reach a national audience and be sensitive to the fans,” Scott said. “As part of our new (television) agreement — obviously, the mandate I had was to try to get more national exposure to the conference and more revenues — and what we found as part of that process is weeknight games are very valuable to our TV partners, ESPN and Fox in particular. …
“We make sure that each school hosts the same amount — we kind of spread the burden, if you will. So on average each school with host a weeknight game two out of every three years.”