NCAA Game Summary - Arizona at UCLA|
(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: (15) Arizona 29, UCLA 21
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Zendejas connected on three critical
field goals and the Arizona running game totaled 264 yards and two touchdowns,
as the 15th-ranked Wildcats edged UCLA, 29-21, at the Rose Bowl.
Matt Scott completed 24-of-36 passes for a career-high 319-yards with a
touchdown and an interception for the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10), who
have now won four straight against UCLA (3-5, 1-4).
"Obviously a good win - a good team win. Going on the road and winning is a
great compliment to our players and our coaches," Arizona head coach Mike
Stoops said. "I thought we played relatively well if you take out a couple of
plays defensively. Besides that, we had pretty good control of the game."
Juron Criner caught eight passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, and Scott
rushed for 71 yards in the win. Keola Antolin had 23 rushes for 111 yards and
Richard Brehaut threw for 228 yards on 13-of-27 passing, including two
touchdowns and an interception in the loss. Johnathan Franklin, the Pac-10's
second-leading rusher, was held to 44 yards without a touchdown, and the UCLA
offense could only manage 299 total yards.
Trailing 19-7, the Bruins took the second-half kickoff and drove 79 yards,
culminating the march with a 68-yard pass from Brehaut to Randall Carroll.
The Wildcats answered on their following possession with a one-yard touchdown
run by Greg Nwoko.
UCLA got back within 26-21 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when
Brehaut connected on a 49-yard flea flicker to Josh Smith down the middle of
On their next possession Scott attempted to go deep to Criner to widen the
Arizona lead, but the pass was picked off by Aaron Hester in the end zone,
giving the Bruins the ball back at their own 20-yard line.
The Bruins failed to make good on the opportunity, and after both teams spent
the next four possession trading punts, UCLA failed on a fourth down pass deep
in its own territory.
Zendejas connected on a 30-yarder, his third field goal of the game. That
pushed the lead to 29-21 with 1:18 left.
UCLA had the ball back under a minute to play, but Brehaut was sacked on
fourth down and fumbled deep in Bruins' territory.
"Congratulations to Arizona. It was a hard-fought win and a great win for
their program," UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said. "It's a hard loss because
we really played hard. Going into the game we talked about effort and
execution, and the effort was terrific. Unfortunately, the execution didn't
get it done at times, and we have just got to get that better."
The Wildcats got on the board first when Scott, who started in the place of
injured Nick Foles, connected with Criner on a 41-yard touchdown pass. The
quick score capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive.
UCLA responded with an 11-yard run by Derrick Coleman.
Robert Golden intercepted a Brehaut pass that was intended for Jerry Johnson.
That gave Arizona the ball at its own 15 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Wildcats used the rest of the first quarter to push the ball deep into
UCLA territory, and on the first play of the second Scott connected with
Criner, this time a 15-yard pass. That gave the Wildcats a 1st-and-goal at
On the following play, Antolin finished off the drive with a run up the
middle. Zendejas' extra point missed to put the Wildcats up, 13-7, just 42
seconds into the quarter.
Zendejas connected on a 42-yard field with 8:21 remaining in the half to put
the Wildcats up 16-7. Scott fumbled at the UCLA 14 later in the quarter, but
Zendejas kicked a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
UCLA leads the all-time series 19-14-2... In their last meeting it was the
Wildcats getting a 27-13 victory at Arizona...Arizona's defense has allowed
the least amount of yards to an opposing team in the Pac-10...This was the
second week in a row that UCLA lost to a ranked opponent. They fell to Oregon,
60-13, on October 21.
10/31 02:15:42 ET