Washington is looking for its first win over UCLA in Pasadena in 23 years.
UW GAME DAY
No. 10 Huskies (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) vs. UCLA (0-4, 0-1)
4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl
TV: Fox. Radio: KOMO-AM 1000/FM-97.7
LATEST LINE: Huskies are favored by 21.
UW KEY PLAYERS
QB Jake Browning: 10 total TD, 4 INT
RB Salvon Ahmed: 249 yards, 2 TD
CB Byron Murphy: 23 tackles, 9 pass break-ups
S Taylor Rapp: 20 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries
UCLA KEY PLAYERS
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson: 3 TD, 2 INT
RB Joshua Kelley: 12 carries, 124 yards, 1 TD last week
LB Krys Barnes: 28 tackles
CB Darnay Holmes: 17 tackles, 1 INT
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Washington’s roster includes two dozen players from Southern California, and the Huskies will be playing in Los Angeles for the first time since an upset of USC in 2015 — and for the first time in the Rose Bowl since 2013. Chris Petersen has never coached in the Rose Bowl stadium during his 13-year head-coaching career, and many of his assistants are in the same boat. Co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski grew up in Santa Barbara — he was a Notre Dame fan as a kid — but has never stepped foot in the Rose Bowl. “I’m curious to see what some of these (players) think of the place,” Kwiatkowski said. “When I was growing up, the Rose Bowl was a big deal, you know.”
The Huskies’ last win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl came 23 years ago, when senior QB Damon Huard helped Washington to a 38-14 victory on Nov. 11, 1995 (see Seattle Times Sports cover below). The win was an important one because it secured a bowl bid (they went on to play Iowa in the Sun Bowl) after the Huskies had served two years’ probation. “There are a lot of side feelings winning in the Rose Bowl,” then-UW coach Jim Lambright said after the game. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team locking up a bowl game here after coming off sanctions.” Since then, UCLA has won six in a row over the Huskies in Pasadena.
Washington has played just four true freshmen this season (all against North Dakota); UCLA, meanwhile, has already played 15 true freshmen. The Bruins almost certainly have the youngest roster in the Pac-12, with 36 true freshmen, 16 redshirt freshmen and just seven seniors (plus two grad transfers). True freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson made his starting debut for UCLA at No. 7 Oklahoma last month, completing 16 of 26 passes for 254 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Bruins’ 49-21 loss. Overall, he has completed 58 of 110 passes for 660 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. On Saturday, he will go up against a Washington defense than hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass since the first quarter of the Huskies’ opener against Auburn.
JUDE’S PREDICTION: Huskies 38, UCLA 13.
— Former Huskies Lincoln Kennedy and Nigel Burton will join host Ashley Adamson on set as part of the Pac-12 Networks’ The Pregame show, to broadcast live from outside the Rose Bowl (near Gate A) starting at noon Saturday.
— Injury notes: The Huskies will likely be without junior defensive back Austin Joyner (concussion protocol). UCLA outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips, the top-ranked defensive player in the 2017 recruiting class, is doubtful Saturday.