On the same night that Eric and Jodi Sweet and their daughter Kaelie got to walk onto the field for Senior Night festivities with their older son Logan, a wide receiver for UCLA, they also got to watch their younger son, Kyle Sweet, earn his first collegiate start for the Cougars at the Rose Bowl.

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PASADENA, Calif. — For the Sweet family of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Saturday’s game between UCLA and Washington State was the most picture-perfect football setting they could have dreamed up.

On the same night that Eric and Jodi Sweet and their daughter Kaelie got to walk onto the field for Senior Night festivities with their older son Logan, a wide receiver for UCLA, they also got to watch their younger son, Kyle Sweet, earn his first collegiate start for the Cougars at the Rose Bowl.

“We’ve been thinking about this day for a long time, because when they were recruiting Kyle, we said, ‘Let’s look at the schedule,’ and realized this game would be at the Rose Bowl,” said Eric Sweet, Kyle and Logan’s father.

The night became even more special when the Sweets realized that Kyle was going to start the game.

Kyle Sweet started at the Y receiver spot in place of fellow Santa Margarita High alum River Cracraft, who was last seen limping off the field with some sort of foot injury halfway through the Cougars’ win over Arizona State last week. Sweet finished with four receptions for 53 yards in the Cougars’ 31-27 win over No. 18 UCLA.

Decked in a combination of crimson WSU and blue UCLA gear, the Sweet family spent the first half of the game in the UCLA part of the stands before moving over to the Washington State cheering section.

WSU running-backs coach Jim Mastro was responsible for recruiting both the Sweet boys to their respective schools, Eric Sweet said. Mastro recruited Logan to UCLA when he was on Rick Neuheisel’s staff, then joined Mike Leach’s staff at WSU and recruited Kyle to join the Cougars.

Not knowing whether Kyle, a freshman, would get to play this season, the Sweets originally planned their year around Logan’s games because they figured it was his senior season.

They weren’t even originally supposed to be in Pullman for the Arizona State game over Dad’s Weekend, but decided the Wednesday before the game that they would make the trip.

Even though they ended up having to sleep in Kyle’s dorm room the Friday night before the game, the Sweets were happy they made that last-minute decision to come — they got to watch Kyle’s breakout seven-reception, 77-yard performance in person.

Notes

•WSU coach Mike Leach is a stickler for routine, so the Cougars tried to stick as closely as possible to their regular schedule despite the late kickoff time.

Director of Football Operations Antonio Huffman said the players got to sleep in till about 10 a.m. on Saturday, then had breakfast and went into meetings until about 2 p.m. The players got some downtime before the team reconvened for a pregame meal at 4 p.m.

The team flew in and out of Burbank and will likely get back to Pullman at about 3:30 a.m.

• Left tackle Joe Dahl missed his second straight game. Gunnar Eklund once again started in his place, with Eduardo Middleton at left guard and Jacob Seydel at right guard.

• Scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills were at the game.

• The Alamo Bowl also had a representative at the game, marking the third week in a row that someone from the Alamo Bowl has seen WSU play in person.