UCLA was looking for a big victory on national television against one of the worst teams in the nation, but instead they were blown out 48-12 at Arizona. Photo by Wily Low/AP
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Hopefully UCLA has hit rock bottom, because if it could possibly get worse than being routed 48-12 by Arizona, then UCLA may need to fire head coach Rick Neuheisel. On second thought, they should fire anyway, before it can get any worse.
To put this latest embarrassing loss into perspective, just look at Arizona. They entered the game 1-5, with their only win against Northern Arizona, a Division I-AA school. Arizona had lost their last 10 games against Division I-A schools dating back to last year, and they were on an eight game losing streak in the conference. All of those losses caused Arizona to fire head coach Mike Stoops a week ago.
Arizona is the definition of a horrible team.
In Arizona’s five previous games they were outscored a combined 41-3 in the first quarter. But they did not have any issues getting out of the gates against UCLA. On Arizona’s six first half possessions they scored six touchdowns, mostly off of long drives as they took a 42-7 halftime lead.
Arizona entered the game averaging only 71.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked them 119th in the nation out of 120 teams. Well they ran for 174 yards against UCLA… in the first half! They finished the game with 254 rushing yards.
UCLA has one of the nations best running games, and Arizona gave up an average of 196 rushing yards per game, which ranked them 100th in the nation. But they held UCLA to only 37 rushing yards on 25 attempts.
Arizona has one of the nation’s worst defenses, as they have given up an average of 37.5 points per game, ranking them 119th, but they held UCLA to only 12 points.
The thing that makes all of this even worse is that it was on national television. The entire country saw how horrible UCLA has become under Neuheisel.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said that a coaching change would not happen during the season, but that the position will be evaluated during the offseason. It seems pretty clear, in four years this program has gone in the wrong direction, and it is time for a change.
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