No. 11 Wash­ing­ton rum­bles past UCLA

The Arizona Republic - - Azcentral Sports - Stan­ford Wash­ing­ton Wash­ing­ton State Ore­gon Cal­i­for­nia Ore­gon State USC Ari­zona Ari­zona State UCLA Colorado Utah Pac-12 stand­ings North Stan­ford 15, at Ore­gon State 14 Satur­day’s re­sults Colorado 44, Cal­i­for­nia 28 Wash­ing­ton 44, UCLA 23 Ore­gon 41, Utah

SEAT­TLE - With two weeks to stew about suf­fer­ing an un­ex­pected first loss of the sea­son, No. 12 Wash­ing­ton re­leased its pent up frus­tra­tion by run­ning all over UCLA.

Lit­er­ally.

Led by the duo of Myles Gaskin and Lavon Cole­man, the Huskies rolled through UCLA 44-23 on Satur­day and over­pow­er­ing the worst run de­fense in the coun­try. Gaskin fin­ished with 169 yards rush­ing and one touch­down, while Cole­man added 94 yards and three TDs.

Wash­ing­ton (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) fin­ished with 333 yards rush­ing as a team and av­er­aged 5.7 yards per carry. And they made it look easy.

“We had a plan to run the ball and stick with it … and at the end of the day it kind of works out how you like it,” Wash­ing­ton coach Chris Petersen said.

It was a long two weeks since the Huskies were stunned in a 13-7 loss at Ari­zona State that put Wash­ing­ton on the fringes of the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off con­ver­sa­tion. The Huskies know they need to be im­pres­sive go­ing for­ward.

So they re­turned to a bit of the ba­sics. Quar­ter­back Jake Brown­ing was a non­fac­tor be­cause he didn’t need to be. His job was to make the read, take the snap and hand­off to Gaskin or Cole­man. Gaskin fi­nally found the end zone late in the third quar­ter on a 6-yard run. Cole­man scored on runs of 1, 33 and 13 yards.

Re­ceiver Charles Nel­son got tripped up on a re­verse but re­gained his foot­ing to make a 22-yard touch­down pass to Ja­cob Bree­land and Ore­gon went on to snap a three­game los­ing streak.

Nel­son was con­grat­u­lated on the side­line by in­jured Ore­gon quar­ter­back Justin Her­bert fol­low­ing the play which put the Ducks (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) ahead 27-13 late in the third quar­ter.

Utah (4-4, 1-4) couldn’t catch up for a fourth straight loss. Tyler Hunt­ley, making his sec­ond start af­ter re­turn­ing from an in­jury, threw for 293 yards and a touch­down. For­mer Ore­gon re­ceiver Darren Car­ring­ton caught nine passes for 130 yards.

Ore­gon’s Tony Brooks James ran for 105 yards, in­clud­ing a 23-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter.

Ore­gon’s three-game slide co­in­cided with the loss of Her­bert, who frac­tured his col­lar­bone against Cal­i­for­nia on Sept. 30.

Steven Mon­tez bounced back from a bench­ing a week ear­lier and threw for 347 yards and three touch­downs for Colorado when the school re­tired the jer­sey of the late Rashaan Salaam, the school’s only Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner.

The Buf­faloes (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) capped their home­com­ing win with a 100-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down by ju­nior free safety Nick Fisher with 2:34 re­main­ing that made it 44-21.

Fisher caught Ross Bow­ers’ pass nine yards deep in the north end zone for his first ca­reer in­ter­cep­tion and sidestepped a cou­ple of Golden Bears near the goal line and avoided an­other tack­ler at about the Bears 30-yard line be­fore cruis­ing down the de­jected Cal­i­for­nia side­line for the school’s fourth 100-yard pick-6.

Mon­tez, who com­pleted 20 of 26 passes, also ran for a score and Phillip Lindsay ran for 161 yards as the Buf­faloes kept alive their hopes of reach­ing back-to-back bowls for the first time in more than a decade.

— Wire ser­vices

JOE NI­CHOL­SON/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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