UCLA deserves to play in a bowl game.
It might be tough to convince bowl representatives – since there wasn’t one in attendance at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
The Bruins became bowl eligible, earning their sixth win in a 23-13 victory over Arizona State. The Bruins were terrific defensively as they forced six turnovers, including an interception and fumble return for touchdowns.
There’s only one thing left for the 6-5 Bruins to do to secure a bowl invitation. The crowd seemed to know just what it will take when it started chanting: “Beat ‘SC! Beat ‘SC!”
UCLA needs to beat its crosstown rival in order to play a December game.
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Click here for The Dawgs of War… Afterword by Rick Neuheisel
Although it’s tough to imagine John Wooden’s UCLA basketball teams ever struggling through a five-game losing streak, the Bruins’ current football coach realizes the Wizard of Westwood has plenty to teach him about the Bruins’ plight.
Rick Neuheisel has turned to Wooden’s writings for instruction and solace during UCLA’s skid, which didn’t quite end in last weekend’s 26-19 loss at Oregon State.
“While winning is important, it’s not the way you judge yourself,” Neuheisel said Monday, paraphrasing Wooden’s words. “You keep judging yourself by how you’re learning and how you’re trying, and if you continue to work hard, those wins will come.”
The Bruins’ history lesson for the week doesn’t end with Wooden. UCLA (3-5, 0-5 Pac-10) will don powder-blue throwback jerseys for Saturday’s visit from Washington (3-5, 2-3) in hopes of recapturing the spirit of the 1967 team led by quarterback Gary Beban, the only Bruins player to win the Heisman Trophy.
For 15 surprising minutes against the Beavers, the UCLA offense finally looked as sharp as Neuheisel expected it would be all season long. Quarterback Kevin Prince led two touchdown drives capped by two-point conversions in the fourth quarter, tying Oregon State at 19 with 2:06 left.
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A UW donor who wishes to remain anonymous has purchased copies of The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance for the players on the Skyline and Roosevelt football teams.
This donor has been a supporter of my writing for several years and I appreciate the gesture very much. It’s good to know the book will reach the hands of so many young football players in the Seattle area.
We live in a Brave New World where Oregon is atop the conference standings and Washington has been the west coast’s laughingstock for several years now. Teenagers of today don’t fully understand Washington’s glorious football past. The Dawgs of War, which details quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo’s 2000 UW Huskies Rose Bowl team, is a vivid reminder of that history.
Earlier this week I was interviewed by KJR’s Elise Woodward about The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance.
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I’m happy to announce that The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance will be released on September 15th, 2009. Pre-orders are now being accepted. I have been working on this book since January 2008. I’m real pleased with the end result. I interviewed approximately 40 people for it and received repeated assistance from the likes of Marques Tuiasosopo, Kyle Benn, Willie Hurst, Matt Rogers, Derrell Daniels and David Williams.
I’m thankful for the editing of Dawn Cahoon and for Josh Foster’s great design of the cover. Included in the book is some outstanding photography by Max Waugh among others.
I started writing Dawgs of War along the quiet waterfront of Belfair, Washington and typed the final words in the noisy commons area of Third Place Books in Seattle– while Art Thiel and Steve Rudman were discussing their new book to an audience a few feet away. It was enjoyable to linger and listen to them talk some Husky Football History when my brain has been heavily occupied with the 2000 Rose Bowl season for so many months.
Football season is almost upon us. It’s been a stressful year for the nation in general and football will hopefully provide the means for people to rally.
Here’s to a Las Vegas Bowl appearance for the long-suffering Huskies…