Unfortunately for UA, there were far too many mistakes on both sides of the ball. Despite a valiant comeback attempt in the second half, the Cats just didn't have enough to overcome an early 14-3 deficit.
Here are my main takeaways from the 31-26 loss.
Ka'Deem Carey's fumble at the goal line was a back breaker. For a guy who has done a tremendous job of not putting the ball on the ground the last two seasons, Carey had no reason to try and leap into the end zone, especially on first down.
It was a valiant effort from the star tailback, but he has to protect the football in that situation.
Play calling has been solid all season, but that was somewhat of a head scratcher with it still being so early in the game and UA playing at home.
Tackling was a serious issue for the defense. On Myles Jack's 66-yard touchdown run, he trotted right through about five would-be tacklers. Brett Hundley got away from pressure all night long and the ‘Cats were seldom able to get him down at the first point of contact.
The defense as a whole is leaps and bounds better than it was this time last year, but there's still a long way to go if Arizona hopes to take that next step as a program.
UCLA never had great field position to start any of its drives and that was largely because of Riggleman's efforts.
Even with Ka'Deem's fumble and a couple of costly penalties, UA never quit. That hasn't always been the case with past UA teams. It's a testament to the coaching staff for having the guys give everything they've got on the field regardless of the score.