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What to watch for when the No. 10 Huskies visit winless UCLA, plus Adam Jude’s prediction

Washington is looking for its first win over UCLA in Pasadena in 23 years.

Adam Jude

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.”

PASADENA DROUGHT

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.

YOUNG CUBS

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.

 

NOTEWORTHY

— 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.

The Seattle Times Sports cover on Nov. 12, 1995.
The Seattle Times Sports cover on Nov. 12, 1995.

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