A closer look at Arizona's 56-30 loss to UCLA

Arizona was unable to recover from a rough start, losing to UCLA 56-30 on Saturday night. Read on for more about the Wildcats' first loss of the season, including how Nick Wilson fared, what the quarterback situation was and more.

Arizona was blown out by UCLA at home 56-30 on Saturday. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • It was only Cayman Bundage's fourth start at center, but it seemed like his first. Arizona had three fumbled snaps in the game, one of which was recovered by UCLA early in the first quarter and shifted all of the game's momentum to the Bruins. UCLA recovered at the 16 yard line and Paul Perkins scored on the very next play to give his team a lead it would not relinquish. 

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  • While Arizona lost the game in an embarassing fashion, the biggest blow of the night came in the second quarter when quarterback Anu Solomon left the game with an injury. He wasn't having the best day before exiting, completing just four of his ten passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Solomon was injured as he scrambled for a first down and did not return.

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  • With Solomon out, backup quarterback Jerrard Randall filled in. His first play was a doozy as Randall scampered 39 yards for a touchdown. The game was already out of reach at that point, but the senior played within the system, rushing for 128 yards on 16 carries while completing 4 of 16 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception.

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  • The Wildcats did lead early on, driving down the field for a ten play touchdown drive, building momentum with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Solomon to Nate Phillips, but the receiver was flagged for a questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play. The yardage was assessed on the ensuing kick-off and, combined with the run allowed the Bruins to start in Arizona territory.

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  • Despite the defensive woes and the bad snaps, the Wildcats' run game was solid for the majority of the game. Nick Wilson led the game in rushing with 136 yards on 24 carries. He did not find the end zone in the game, but was effective in moving the ball. Wilson also left the game with an injury midway through the fourth quarter.

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  • To start the second half, Luca Bruno blew into the backfield and lit up Josh Rosen, dropping him for the sack. It was Arizona's first sack of the game as well as the first sack let up by the UCLA offensive line all season. Rosen was also sacked by Tellas Jones later in the game.

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  • Casey Skowron also had a rough night for the Wildcats, as he made just one of two field goals, pushing a 29-yarder wide right before drilling 44-yarder right down the middle. The senior also missed an extra point in the contest.

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  • Even though the Wildcats' defense struggled throughout the night, UCLA running back Paul Perkins was limited on the ground. He was a key player to watch heading into the game, but had just 85 yards on 24 carries. Perkins did hit paydirt three times on the night, adding up to a pretty productive evening.

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  • Rosen, a true freshman, was another key player heading into the game and all of the hype was deserved. The quarterback handled the heat well, completing 19 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. Whenever UCLA needed a big play, Rosen came through with a big completion to move the chains. 

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