Arizona Remains in Pac-10 Title Hunt as they Hand UCLA 3rd Straight Loss
By Eric Lambkins II
Sentinel Sports Writer
No. 15 ranked Arizona Wildcats (7-1, 4-1) remain in the hunt for the Pac-10 title after the Wildcats secured a 29-21 victory over the UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4).
Having won the past four contests, Arizona is now 5-2 versus UCLA under head coach Mike Stoops.
UCLA fared better this week against Arizona than they have in the previous two, when they were outscored 95-20 versus Cal and Oregon.
The game was a lot closer than what the stat columns would show. UCLA remained in the game up until their last possession when Bruin QB Richard Brehaut fumbled the ball after being sacked by Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed. Instead of falling on the ball to give the Bruins another play on a potential game tying drive, Bruin tackle Micah Kia compound the miscue on the errant play when he attempted to scoop the ball up and allowed Sione Tuihalamaka to recover the fumble with 48 seconds to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Arizona entered into the half with a 19-7 lead; a margin that could have been far worse had the Wildcats not settled for two Alex Zendejas field goals.
On the fourth play of the second half, UCLA Brehaut connected with streaking wide receiver Randall Carroll up the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown. Brehaut would later connect in the fourth quarter with receiver Josh Smith on a 49-yard flea flicker that brought the score to within five points of Arizona.
Zendejas added a 30 yard field goal with 1:21 left to play to push the Arizona lead to eight.
In the Bruins third consecutive loss, Arizona amassed a season high 583 yards of total offense against an ailing Bruin defense.
Filling in for the injured Nick Foles, Arizona quarterback Matt Scott had a career day as he completed 24 of 36 passes for 319 yards with one touchdown and one interception and carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards. If healthy, Foles will return in time to play against No. 13 ranked Stanford.
Keola Antolin rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for the Wildcats.
Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner had 8 receptions on the day for 127 yards and a touchdown.
UCLA rushed well below their average of 192.5 on the day. The Bruins posted 71 yards on the ground against the 7th ranked rush defense in the nation.
Richard Brehaut finished the day 13 of 27 for a career best 228 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception for UCLA.