LB Jack’s four rushing TDs lead UCLA past Huskies

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Linebacker Myles
Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a
scoring, and No. 13 UCLA stayed in control of its destiny in the Pac-12
South race with a 41-31 victory over Washington on Friday night.

Devin Lucien turned a short pass into a
40-yard TD with 9:57 to play, and the Bruins (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) got
creative to hold off a lively challenge from the Huskies (6-4, 3-4), who
lost starting quarterback Keith Price to a shoulder injury right before

Jack followed up his 120-yard debut at
running back last week by becoming the 13th player in UCLA history to
score four touchdowns.

Cyler Miles passed for 149 yards after replacing Price, but the Huskies have lost nine of their last 12 Pac-12 road games.

Damore’ea Stringfellow, Jaydon Mickens
and Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught TD passes for Washington, which
hasn’t beaten UCLA at the Rose Bowl since 1995.

For the second straight week, Bruins
offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone dipped into the defense’s roster to
win an exhilarating meeting of two bowl-bound teams with prolific

Jack, the Bruins’ remarkable freshman
from a Seattle suburb, finished with the most rushing TDs since Maurice
Jones-Drew set the school record with five scores in 2004. Jack and the
hulking Marsh scored the Bruins’ first five touchdowns as UCLA stayed
right behind division leader Arizona State, which visits Pasadena next

UCLA coach Jim Mora had been coy about
whether Jack would even play offense again, but the freshman jumped in
during the Bruins’ opening series, rushing for an 8-yard score on his
first carry. Used mostly as a short-yardage back, he added two more
scores in the first half and finished with 60 yards on 12 carries.

Oh, and he also made five tackles.

Brett Hundley passed for 159 yards for
the Bruins, who led 27-7 early in the second quarter and were up 34-24
heading to the fourth. The Huskies kept it close despite losing their
starting quarterback on a hit late in the second quarter.

Miles, a redshirt freshman, had played
only sparingly this season behind Price, a three-year starter who holds
Washington’s career record for touchdown passes. Miles went 15 for 22,
but threw two interceptions on consecutive throws in the final minutes.

Stringfellow, a freshman with three
catches all year, had eight receptions for 147 yards and a score with
8:01 to play. He also had a long TD catch wiped out in the first half by
one of Washington’s 11 penalties for 113 yards.

Bishop Sankey rushed for 91 yards and a
score for the Huskies, who dropped to 7-20 on the road during coach
Steve Sarkisian’s five seasons.

The Bruins wore their black “L.A.
Midnight” uniforms on a rare Friday night game at the Rose Bowl, but the
stadium was roughly half-full at kickoff while fans struggled through
Los Angeles’ usual Friday traffic.

UCLA still led 14-0 less than six minutes in on two short scoring drives set up by Huskies turnovers.

Jordan Zumwalt forced Seferian-Jenkins’
fumble on Washington’s opening series, and Jack rumbled for UCLA’s
first score just 2:38 in. Marsh then caught his 2-yard play-action TD
pass on a short drive set up by Sankey’s fumble near midfield.

After the Huskies made a 95-yard
scoring drive capped by Sankey’s TD run, Washington could have recovered
a fumble by Jack after a 25-yard run — but Shaq Thompson failed to
fall on the ball. Two plays later, Jack scored from 1 yard out.

Jack’s third TD surge put the Bruins up
by 20 points, but the Huskies finally answered with Mickens’ short TD
catch 6:11 before halftime set up by Malcolm Jones’ fumble.

Price left the field grimacing after
his final snap of the first half, and he returned to the sideline in the
third quarter in a warmup suit and cap.

Miles showed no nerves while leading
the Huskies on a 26-yard scoring drive after UCLA fumbled the
second-half kickoff, hitting Seferian-Jenkins for a score. But UCLA
answered with Jack’s fourth TD run, this time from 2 yards out.

UCLA’s defense had much more success
against Miles, repeatedly stopping the Huskies on third downs.
Washington successfully faked a punt and had a field goal attempt
blocked later in the third quarter, but couldn’t move consistently.

After UCLA stopped the Huskies on
fourth down with about 10 minutes left, Lucien turned a short reception
into a 40-yard score with a sprint through the secondary, putting the
Bruins back up by 17.