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UCLA Bruins Football vs. Washington State Cougars First Half Game Thread

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The #19 UCLA Bruins (7-2) will host the Washington State Cougars (6-3) tonight at the Rose Bowl.

Roosevelt Davis will be among the Bruin seniors honored tonight at half-time.
Roosevelt Davis will be among the Bruin seniors honored tonight at half-time.
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Who: UCLA Bruins versus Washington State Cougars

What: A football game! Senior Night! And the next step in the Bruins' quest for a Pac-12 Championship!

Where: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

When: 10:45 PM Eastern, 7:45 PM Pacific (local) - are you kidding me?

Why: Because the Bruins are hungry.

How: ESPN & Joe's got you covered with a complete viewing info here.

The Bruins still control their own destiny in their quest to win the Pac-12 south and go on to compete for the Pac-12 championship. All they have to do, as Fox 71 would say, is win one game a week and they will have it. Each week UCLA will be going up against a very challenging opponent, beginning tonight, as they meet the high powered offense of the Washington State Cougars.

Tonight, the Bruins will also be honoring their senior players as they play their last regular season game at The Rose Bowl. Gbruin has more information about the ceremony which will take place at the beginning of half-time and which will include a special moment with Nick Pasquale's family.

The Bruins being celebrated are:

  • Devin Fuller
  • Jordan Payton
  • Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • Matt Mengel
  • Roosevelt Davis
  • Stephen Manfro
  • Aaron Wallace
  • Jake Brendel
  • Sean Burd
  • Chris Longo
  • Tyler Scott
  • Logan Sweet
  • Nick Pasquale and his family
Tonight we will also see John Christian Ka'iminoeauloameka'ikeokekumupa'a Fairbairn become UCLA and the Pac-12's leading scorer (unless the game is cancelled of course).


The game will feature Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense against a talented group of UCLA defensive backs. In his last game against ASU, Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk threw for 497 yards, completing 36-55 passes, for 5 TDs and 1 interception. This season he has 33 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, a 70% completion percentage, and averages 415 yards per game. Will the Bruin defense be able to handle the Cougar's aggressive passing game? Will the Bruin offense be able to stay on the field long enough to minimize Wazzu's opportunities to put the ball in the air and points on the board? UCLA's d-backs have been playing really well as of late and the defensive line and linebackers seem to be settling in to their new roles. I expect to see the Bruins succeed at pressuring Falk and taking away his receivers. I expect to see an aggressive air and ground attack by the Bruins' offense.


For more about Washington State's offense, take a look at Beer & Math's preview and check out our WSU hub for more stories about this game and how the Bruins have prepared. If you can't attend the game we have a list of Bruin watch parties around the country, one of which you might want to attend.


Our thoughts, and the world's, also go out to the beautiful city of Paris and its people tonight,


as we wish Peace for everyone, everywhere:




This could be a very high scoring game and, as Fox 71 would say, all the Bruins need to do is score more points than the Cougars. So hold on to your hats ... here we go!

This is your UCLA vs. WSU First Half Game Thread.

Go Bruins!!!