As UCLA began preparing for its game in Washington, a grunge-themed playlist of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” and the Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” hit the shelves. speakers on the training ground.
It was a nod to the fact that Seattle was home to the genre and rowdy crowd the Bruins will face on Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson said he didn’t even notice the music because he was “so locked up in practice and what we have going on.”
It should be a relief for the Bruins (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12), as Thompson-Robinson just had his worst game of the season. He completed 8 of 19 passes for 82 yards as UCLA did not retire until late in a 34-16 win over Arizona without a win.
“I don’t know (how) you can prepare for it; maybe turn the music on in practice,” Thompson-Robinson said of a crowd expected to sell out for Washington’s return, so that he’ll be celebrating his 1991 national championship. “It’s pretty quiet when you’re listening, locked into your mission.”
Despite the quarterback’s struggles against Arizona, teammate Brittain Brown rushed for a record 146 yards on 12 carries (an average of 12.2 yards) and Zach Charbonnet added 117 yards on 21 attempts as the Bruins amassed 329 rushing yards.
UCLA may have to repeat that feat on Saturday as the Huskies (2-3, 1-1) have the best pass defense in the conference.
Washington had a pass last weekend after absorbing a last-second 27-24 loss to Oregon State.
The break gave the huskies a chance to get back into shape. Preseason All-America linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui could make his 2021 debut after tearing his left Achilles in spring training.
It also gave them an extra week to prepare for the offense from UCLA coach Chip Kelly.
“I have a lot of respect for Chip,” Washington coach Jimmy Lake said. “I think he really changed football – not just college football. He changed football with all the different programs he was running years ago, even when he was back in New Hampshire and of course its run to Oregon.
“Now you can see he’s doing different things in terms of patterns that cause defense issues. And then add some talented players to it.… They present a lot of challenges.”
– Field level media