A blackout ascended down on Pasadena on Friday night at the Rose Bowl.” Traffic buzzed all around the “Granddaddy of them all,” football site as the 110, 134, and 210 freeways churned with nonstop commuters. It turned out to be an unlucky evening for the visiting Washington Huskies who were jacked in a 41-31 loss to the UCLA Bruins.
UCLA coach Jim Mora called for the stadium blackout, asking all fans to wear black to match their team’s alternative uniform of all black with Blue and Gold numbers.
Freshman Myles Jack, who has recently being playing running back on offense, while already being the Bruins starting outside linebacker, stole the show. It’s hard enough for a freshman to start on the college level but to be an ironman in today’s game and go both ways is another level of football tenacity.
Jack was up for the challenge against the Huskies, scoring four rushing touchdowns to go with the five tackles he made from his linebacker spot. With Jack carrying the offensive scoring load the Bruins have now beat the Huskies eight straight times at home.
The Bruins controlled the game from the start-feeding off the energy of the crowd to take a 20-7 lead in first quarter. A ball controlled offense and keeping Washington quarterback Keith Price off the field was the game plan for the Bruins. Time of possession was almost 2-1 in favor for Bruins, who held the ball for most of the first quarter.
The same story line continued for the Bruins in the second quarter where Jack added his third touchdown of the game on a hard fought 1-yard run between tackles as UCLA took a 27-17 lead into halftime.
The turnover battle ended up being even on the night with both teams scoring 14 points each from gifts of their opponents. But a big gift for the Bruins was on the last drive before the half when Price came out of the game with a shoulder injury after completing 10 of 18 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.
It’s anybody’s guess if Price would have made a difference had he stayed around, but running back Bishop Sankey carried the load for the Huskies, rushing the ball 27 times for 91 yards.
While UCLA’s offense did its part of putting points on the board, the defensive trio of linebacker Eric Kendricks defensive back Brando Sermons and linebacker Anthony Barr lead the Bruins in tackles on the night. The Bruins’ defense totaled four sacks totaling 31 yards for losses on Washington quarterbacks.
Sacking Washington at the Rose Bowl was about team effort as the Bruins have danced their way to their first 5-0 start at home in a single season since 2005. The Bruins are showing a strong bounce in their step with two wins in a row after losing to Oregon and Stanford on the road.
On the black out night the win was sweet and even sweeter for senior defensive back Stan McKay, who was surrounded on the 50-yard line the after game where he proposed to his girlfriend in the circle of 90 plus bruins and coaches strong. The Bruins still have the inside track to represent the Pac -12 South in the conference championship on December 7th.
Jevone Moore a writer, photographer by trade and a coach in life at heart. Former UCLA Bruin football player during the good years, City Champs 92-95.