Positives and Negatives: UA vs. UCLA

Not much went right for Arizona against UCLA on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at both the good and bad from Saturday's performance.

It was a rough Saturday night for the Arizona Wildcats football program, who were completely blown out on the road against UCLA. It was a game were the Wildcats could have made a statement, but they fell completely flat and virtually lost any legitimate shot at representing the Pac-12 South in the conference title game.

The game was ugly from the beginning as mental mistakes, missed tackling, and problems in the trenches allowed the Bruins to run out to a big lead in the first quarter and stomp their way to victory.

UA ran into problems in the early portions of the game and continued to trip over their own feet for the res of the game. In most games, there are both good and bad aspects to take away, but it's difficult to see the positive in Saturday night's blowout loss to UCLA.


There isn't one thing that can be pinpointed as positive in this game. The Wildcats didn't come out in one piece, neither side of the ball played well, and Arizona continued to find ways to make mistakes throughout the course of the game. The real positive is that Saturday is about as bad as it can possibly get this year.

Areas of Improvement

Preparation: This is the second road contest this season where UA's offense came out flat. The team did not seem to be mentally ready for whatever reason and it caught up to the Wildcats early in the game. UCLA got up early and took any confidence UA thought it had away.

Quarterback play: Whoever starts against Colorado has to play efficiently because it was anything but efficient Saturday against UCLA. Scott struggled throwing and wasn't really a threat to run the ball either. Arizona's offense will only go as far as Scott takes it and this weekend was a perfect example of that.

Running game: Arizona didn't run the ball well early in the game and it prevented the offense from developing a flow or continuity. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 54 yards on just 16 carries as the Bruins seemed to be in his face any time he touched the ball.

Defense: Whether it was against the run or the pass, the entire UA defensive unit struggled mightily for the entire game. Johnathan Franklin had his way on the ground and made the Wildcats' unit look downright silly at times. Brett Hundley was about as efficient as you can expect a quarterback to be and the Bruins picked apart Arizona for four quarters.

Focus: Penalties, turnovers, route-running, and simple execution all proved to be challenges for the Wildcats. It seemed that, once again, UA was overwhelmed in a hostile environment and could never overcome it.

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