Arizona went on the road for the second consecutive week, but came out with a 17-7 loss to UCLA. Read on to find out why Arizona lost, what the bright spots were, and more.
Arizona (6-2, 3-2) went on the road on Saturday night, but was unable to leave with a win, taking a 17-7 loss at the hands of UCLA. Here's a closer look at what happened:
True sophomore Scooby Wright III played a fantastic game for the Wildcats, racking up 19 total tackles. 4.5 of those tackles were for loss and three were sacks. Wright now has 12 sacks on the season, bringing him within striking distance of Arizona's single season record of 19, held by Arizona-great Tedy Bruschi.
Anu Solomon has been playing well all season, but finally hit his freshman wall against the Bruins. The signal caller completed just 18 of his 48 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. To add insult to injury, Solomon threw an interception on his last play of the game, which sealed the loss for Arizona.
Solomon's counterpart Brett Hundley had a much better night. The junior completed 19 of his 26 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Hundley also led the Bruins in rushing with 24 carries for 131 yards. Arizona was unable to contain Hundley and he had several plays when he was allowed to escape the pocket and scamper for big yardage.
UCLA was able to shut down Arizona across the board. The Wildcats were held to just 79 offensive plays on the night. The Bruins were able to run 85 plays and dominate the time of possession with 38:09, while Arizona had the ball just 21:51.
Even though UCLA seemed to have a handle on the game throughout the night, the Bruins had 11 penalties for 118 yards over the course of the game. Most came in the first half and Arizona was unable to capitalize.
Arizona's rushing attack was stymied all night, as the Wildcats were able to get just 80 yards on 31 carries. Terris Jones-Grigsby led the way with 11 carries for 50 yards. Nick Wilson was ineffective during the game, only gaining 18 yards on 9 carries.
Arizona back-up quarterback Jerrard Randall was used in a special package for the first time all season. He was used in a Wildcat formation and took the snap, running to the left side of the field and picking up four yards.
Late in the game, Arizona kept fighting. On a Hundley run, Tra'Mayne Bondurant stripped the quarterback and Jamar Allah picked up the fumble and gave the Wildcats another chance at taking back the game.
Casey Skowron had a rough night for the Wildcats. Early in the game, Skowron hooked a 39-yard field goal that would've put Arizona up 10-3. Late in the game, a 26-yarder was blocked after several Bruins broke through the offensive line.