Offense struggles in loss

Arizona's offense struggled in a 17-7 loss to UCLA on Saturday night. Read on for a complete recap of the game.

Despite a valiant defensive effort, Arizona’s offensive struggles were too much to overcome in a 17-7 loss to UCLA Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

Starting on its own 25, Arizona got a three-yard run from Terris Jones-Grigsby. Two plays later, Anu Solomon ran for ten yards for the first down.

UCLA was called offside and Jones-Grigsby proceeded to run for six yards for the first. Arizona looked as if it would be forced to punt, but Myles Jack picked up a personal foul.

After an incomplete pass, Jones-Grigsby ran for three. Jack was then called for a facemark penalty and Solomon found Cayleb Jones for a 14-yard touchdown on the next play with the extra point giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 12:29 left in the first quarter.

The Bruins took over on the 30 with a five-yard pass to Nate Iese. Paul Perkins then ran for three yards and Eldridge Massington caught a five-yard pass.

Perkins gained four on the ground and Hundley got the first with a seven-yard run. After an incomplete pass the Bruins were called for holding and eventually had to punt.

Arizona went three and out and the Bruins took over on their own 43. Perkins ran for 13 yards on first two and two plays later, Hundley ran for ten.

Jack took his first run of the night for two yard and followed with a carry for nine and then eight. Two plays later, Philip Wright got a sack and the ensuing 37-yard field goal went wide to give the Wildcats possession on their own 20.

Once again, Arizona went three and out with the Bruins taking over on their own 22. After a one-yard run by Perkins, Massington caught a seven-yard pass. Handley then ran for four yards and the Bruins were called for holding again.

After a run for seven yards by Perkins and a sack, Hundley ran for 29 yards to get to Arizona’s 44-yard line to end the first quarter.

Jordan Payton caught a four-yard pass to start the quarter and followed with a 15-yard reception. Perkins then ran for 15 and Hundley followed with nine more on the ground.

Arizona stopped Perkins on the one and then tackles Jack for a loss to force the Bruins to settle for a 24-yard field goal that cut the Wildcats’ lead to 7-3 with 12:17 left in the first half.

The Wildcats took the ball on their own 25 with a one-yard run by Wilson. Austin Hill then caught a five-yard pass and Arizona got a first down on the next play with a defensive holding.

Arizona got another first down on the ground, but the drive stalled with three straight incomplete passes and UCLA took over on its own eight.

Hundley was sacked on second down, but Nate Starks ran for 21 on third. Jordon James then gained nine in the air and ten on the ground. UCLA found itself in a third and three situation, but Arizona only allowed two yards and the Bruins punts to Arizona’s 15.

Samajie Grant caught a seven-yard pass and UCLA was called for a personal foul on the next play. Jones-Grigsby ran for three yards and Jerrard Randall ran for four. Solomon then got the first down with a run for eight yards, but couldn’t get anything else going and had to punt.

UCLA started on its own 12 with a five-yard run by Hundley. On the next play, the Bruins were called for holding. Handley then ran for two and found Payton for 14 more.

Grandon was called for targeting on the next play and was ejected. After an incomplete pass, Hundley ran for five yards and the Bruins eventually punted. Arizona proceeded to run three plays, punt, and end the half up 7-3.

UCLA started on its own 28 with a nine-yard pass to Payton. After a holding call, Hundley ran for ten yards. Perkins then ran for three and Hundley gained five more on third down. However, the Arizona defense held on third down and took over on its own four.

Jones-Grigsby ran for 15 yards and three plays later it looked as if the Wildcats would have a big play, but Grant was called for offensive holding and Arizona had to punt two plays later.

The Bruins started on their own 42 with a seven-yard pass to Payton. Perkins then ran for four and Hundley gained two more before Starks ran for five yards.

Mossi Johnson caught a five-yard pass and Starks ran for eight more. Starks gained 14 yards in the air and Hundley picked up nine on the ground. After an incomplete pass, Hundley ran for one more yard.

Two plays later, Perkins scored on a five-yard run and the extra point gave the Bruins a 10-7 lead with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

After a three and out, UCLA scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 70-yard strike to Payton as the extra point gave the Bruins a 17-7 lead with 4:44 left in the third.

The Wildcats started on their own 25 with an eight-yard pass to Griffey. Two plays after a false start, Jones had a 12-yard reception. Davonte’ Neal then caught a four-yard pass and Jones-Grigsby added an eight-yard reception.

After Solomon was sacked, Neal caught a nine-yard pass. Griffey then caught one for 12 and Jones had a 14-yard reception. Arizona then threw three incomplete passes and the field goal missed, keeping the score at 17-7 in favor of UCLA at the end of the third.

Both teams exchanged possessions before Arizona got the ball back on its own 15 and went three and out.

The Bruins took over on their own 39 with two short runs by Perkins before Johnson caught a 13-yard pass. Perkins then gained five on the ground and Arizona forced two losses to get the ball back on its own 12.

Arizona then proceeded to go three and out and the game played out, as the Wildcats had their second loss of the season.


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