Notebook: Arizona vs. UCLA

Arizona was blown out on the road against UCLA. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats were unable to get it done.

Arizona went into Pasadena Saturday with high hopes, but those were quickly wiped away as UCLA rushed out to a big lead early and never looked back as the Bruins crushed the Wildcats 66-10. The loss drops UA to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in Pac-12 play, while the victory for UCLA gives it sole-possession of first place in the south division.

Arizona was flat from the opening kickoff and looked completely lost on both sides of the ball. UCLA did whatever it wanted and Arizona could never get its offense going consistently. The lack of offensive firepower combined with little resistance from the defensive unit allowed the Bruins to blow out the Wildcats.

  • It was a big night for UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin, who run all over the Arizona defense. The senior rushed the ball 24 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Franklin was the focus of the UCLA attack that consistently went to what was successful and the Wildcats' defense was overpowered by the running back and the rest of the UCLA rushing attack.

  • The inability to stop the run also prevented the Arizona defense from getting in the head of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. The redshirt freshman completed 23 out of 28 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Hundley was able to avoid what little pressure he saw and found little difficulty picking apart the UA defense.

  • The Wildcats' offense had another rough performance on the road. Quarterback Matt Scott had an inconsistent performance, completing 15-for-25 passes for just 124 yards and no touchdowns before leaving with an injury in the third quarter. Scott never seemed to get comfortable as UCLA was able to harass him throughout the contest.

  • The running game took too long to become a factor, which prevented Ka'Deem Carey from having another big game. The sophomore carried the ball just 16 times for 54 yards and didn't have many holes to work with. Carey, UA's deadliest weapon, was held in check for most of the game.

  • The passing attack is usually much stronger than what it showed Saturday night and its inability to assert itself on the UCLA secondary prevented the offense from moving the ball quickly down field. The Wildcats compiled just 136 yards through the air, which is more than 200 yards below their season average.

  • It was a game of mistakes by the Wildcats. UA committed 15 penalties and turned the ball over three times. In a game where UCLA was firing on all cylinders, Arizona didn't do itself any favors by repeatedly shooting itself in the foot.

  • UCLA entered Saturday's game allowing a total of 26 sacks, but UA was never able to disrupt the Bruins' backfield and it allowed UCLA to get comfortable on offense. Without pressure, Hundley was able to sit back and allow plays to develop, which led to a big day for the entire offense and a rough showing for the Arizona defense.

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