UCLA looks to end their two game losing streak, while the No. 15 Arizona Wildcats will enter the Rose Bowl seeking to keep their Pac-10 title hopes alive.
By Eric Lambkin II
Sentinel Sports Writer
In the shadow of the Coliseum, where USC will seek to upend the national championship hopes of Oregon, UCLA looks to secure a win at home against Arizona following consecutive losses to Pac-10 foes.
The No. 15 Arizona Wildcats (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) will enter the Rose Bowl seeking to keep their Pac-10 title hopes alive, coming off of a dominate 44-14 win over the Washington Huskies.
Many college football enthusiasts wondered how the Wildcats would fair against Washington without injured starting quarterback Nick Foles, but all worries were assuaged when backup Matt Scott was inserted into the starting lineup and completed 18 of 22 attempts for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and added an additional 65 yards rushing. The success Scott has had should come of no surprise as he initially won the starting job over Foles at the offset of the season, but was supplanted after struggling in the first three games of the season, which included an abysmal 29% completion rate for 50 yards in a loss to Iowa.
Arizona’s offense was bolstered with a big game from running back Keola Antolin, who needed just 14 carries to rack up 114 yards and two scores.
The UCLA Bruins (3-4, 1-3 Pac-10) look to avoid dropping three straight after a 60-13 trouncing by Oregon last week.
The Bruins, like the Wildcats, were led by their backup quarterback last week. Quarterback Richard Brehaut filled in for the injured Kevin Prince, who will be out for the remainder of the season after he underwent knee surgery this past Saturday. Therefore, it will be up to an ineffectual Brehuat to salvage the remainder of the Bruins season.
Brehaut managed to complete 16 of 23 passes for 159 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against a swarming Oregon defense in his last outing, which was a 60-13 loss for UCLA.
The Bruins look to recover against Arizona with their potent rushing attack this weekend, after being limited to 131 yards on the ground against Oregon. The run defense of the Wildcats will be put to the test, as the Bruins come in averaging 210 yards a game on the ground.
Arizona held the Huskies to 98 yards rushing and now boast the 7th best run defense in the nation, allowing just under 91 yards an outing.
After WR Josh Smith and F-Back Morrell Presley sat out the game against Oregon for a violation of team rules, UCLA will enter into Saturday’s showdown without two integral pieces to their offense. Team leading wide receiver Ricky Marvray and starting left tackle Sean Sheller will both sit out of the game for the same offence.