Washington's family feud goes on display at UCLA
SEATTLE -- Keith Gilbertson is putting a muzzle on his barking dogs.
One of the first things the Washington coach planned to address after last weekend's 46-16 loss at UCLA was his team's behavior in the closing minutes. Television cameras caught the Huskies apparently bickering with each other.
"There will not be any more hysterics on our sidelines," Gilbertson said. "That's going to stop."
Gilbertson and his players, however, disputed the characterization that the Huskies were angry at each other. They said it was merely their emotional release after a long, frustrating afternoon for the Huskies (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10).
"We didn't have any problems among our guys," Gilbertson said. "We just had real upset guys with what was going on. The game had just flipped on them, and we had been really excited to play that game."
Washington built a comfortable 16-7 halftime lead and seemed to have things in hand. The score could have been more lopsided, because the Huskies amassed 17 first downs and 271 yards against the Pac-10's top defense.
"In the first half we weren't able to put them away," quarterback Cody Pickett said. "We had some penalties that hurt us. We had an early touchdown we gave up. They are a huge momentum team, and they took it from there."
They sure did.
Pickett fumbled after a sack in the end zone early in the third quarter, and the Bruins recovered for a TD. UCLA led 22-16 after its next possession, then added a field goal and returned an interception for a TD.
The upshot: Washington was outscored 39-0 in the second half and the Huskies were barking at each other -- or venting their frustrations, if you prefer -- on the sidelines for anybody to see.
"It wasn't finger pointing," defensive tackle Terry Johnson said. "It was a situation where you feel helpless. You feel like your hands are tied. You feel, 'I can watch, but I can't go recover a fumble.' When you feel helpless, you get frustrated."
Afterward, receiver Reggie Williams told reporters that he didn't think much of UCLA's standout cornerback, Matt Ware. Given a chance to back off a few days later, Williams declined.
"It was the truth," Williams said. "He couldn't guard me."
Considering the outcome, that kind of swagger seems out of place. Gilbertson, though, defended Williams by pointing out that he's only 20 years old and that the same kind of chatter happens in the NFL.
"He's still a kid and he is going to act like a kid," Gilbertson said. "I think people want guys to be older and more mature than they are, but in a lot of ways they are still kids."
As for the infighting and bickering, Gilbertson clearly wasn't too pleased about it during his weekly news conference. He promised to ensure going into this week's game against Nevada (3-2) that it won't resurface.
"It will be addressed," he said. "It will be solved."
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