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UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies: Second Half Game Thread

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The Bruins head into the second half in their Pac-12 contest against Washington with the score 31-10 in favor of the Bruins.

Otto Greule Jr

The UCLA Bruins headed into their last road game of 2014 against the Washington Huskies with a must-win scenario on their hands.

The game started out with punts being traded and UCLA winning the field position battle due to Washington going with the "keep it away from Ishmael Adams" strategy. The Bruins punted around midfield and the Huskies went 3-and-out. The Bruins offense looked crisp on the next two drives scoring on a zone-read by Brett Hundley and on a deep ball to Kenneth Walker (remember him?) that broke Cade McCown's UCLA record for TD passes in a UCLA career.

The defense was also looking outstanding, albeit against a borderline atrocious offense. Then the Huskies started getting big plays and moved the ball with Shaq Thompson on the ground as a result of the secondary staying a little more focused on the pass. The Bruins held them to a FG on one drive, but Cyler Miles scored on a zone-read of his own to make the score 14-10 in favor of the Bruins.

Brett Hundley was not going to be denied on the next drive as he made an outstanding throw to Thomas Duarte and picked up a big gain on the ground before scoring shortly afterwards to make it 21-10 for the Bruins.

The defense stiffened up after that score, highlighted by a brilliant called stunt through the A-gap for Deon Hollins which resulted in a sack and UCLA. The Bruins once again moved the ball well, utilizing the intermediate crossing routes in the passing game before bringing in Myles Jack in an appropriate situation (a 3rd and 3).

Jack took a handoff to the edge and had an easy first down due to numbers being on UCLA's side. He took it into a TD because of a highlight reel stiff-arm on his former teammate Budda Baker followed by a spin move to stay in bounds. This put the Bruins up 28-10 in Seattle.

Ka'imi Fairbairn added a short FG after a badly mismanaged clock in the red zone by Noel Mazzone and Jim Mora cost the Bruins a shot at a back-breaking TD. The Bruins head into the half up 31-10.

Go Bruins!