Arizona seemed overmatched in numerous phases on Saturday night as UCLA defeated it 45-24 at the Rose Bowl.
Both teams exchanged three and outs before Arizona got the ball on its own 21. Brandon Dawkins ran for 30 yards on first down and after an incomplete pass, found Trey Griffey for 34 yards.
Nick Wilson picked up three and Dawkins hit Samajie Grant for a 12-yard touchdown. The extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead 11:07 left in the first quarter.
UCLA returned the ball to Arizona’s 40 and started with an eight-yard pass from Josh Rosen to Darren Andrews.
Nate Iese then caught a 16-yard pass and Ishmael Adams took a fly sweep for 14 more. Two plays later, Nate Starks ran it in from two yards out and the extra point tied the game at seven with 9:18 remaining in the first.
Arizona got the ball on its own 25 and on second down, Wilson ran for three yards. Dawkins then gained 18 on the ground, but Arizona would punt only a few plays later.
UCLA took possession on the 11 and Soso Jamabo lost two yards on first. Two plays later, Arizona was called for pass interference.
After a one-yard run by Nate Starks, Darren Andrews gained 13. Kenneth Walker proceeded to catch a two-yard pass and Adams added seven.
Arizona got the stop on third down and the Bruins were forced to punt, giving Arizona the ball on its own 18.
Nick Wilson gained four yards,and after an incomplete pass, Jim Mora was called for a personal foul on fourth down and Arizona kept its drive going.
Wilson then gained three yards, but left with an ankle injury. Nate Phillips gained 13 yards and Tyrell Johnson ran for two.
Shun Brown gained two and Johnson ran for five more. On fourth down, Phillips fell short of the marker and Arizona turned the ball over on downs.
On first down, Rosen hit Walker on a 62-yard touchdown in which Davonte Neal completely blew his coverage.
The extra point put the Bruins up 14-7 to start the second quarter.
Arizona went three and out on its ensuing drive and the punt put the Bruins on their own 40-yard line.
After an incomplete pass, Eldridge Massington caught a 37-yard pass. Two plays later, Bolu Olorunfunmi gained five yards.
Arizona forced an incompletion on third down and the 36-yard field goal attempt was wide left as UCLA’s lead held at 14-7 with 11:33 left in the half.
The Wildcats went three and out on their next drive and UCLA got the ball on its own 38. On third down, Andrews caught a 19-yard pass.
Starks has runs of two and five yards before an incomplete pass resulted in a punt. However, Arizona got nothing going and went three and out with Zach Werlinger replacing an injured Dawkins.
UCLA also went three and out with three incomplete passes and Arizona got possession on its own 38.
Both Arizona and UCLA went three and out and the Wildcats had yet another three and out on their next drive.
UCLA got the ball on the 42 and started with a seven-yard loss by Jamabo and two plays later, an incomplete pass forced another punt.
Nothing else was going for either team and the half ended with the Bruins up 14-7.
UCLA started the half on its own 35 with a six-yard run by Starks. Andrews then caught a five-yard pass and Starks picked up four.
Starks proceeded to add 29 and three plays later, Theo Howard scored on a 19-yard reception. The extra point put the Bruins up 21-7 less than three minutes into the third.
Werlinger started the second half and went three and out as the Bruins’ punt return put them on Arizona’s 30.
Starks gained four on first down and Andrews picked up five more. Arizona got the stop on third and the Bruins settled for a 39-yard field goal that gave them a 24-7 lead with 9:12 left in the third.
Arizona started on its own 10 and burned Khalil Tate’s redshirt with a three-yard run. Johnson then gained 12 on the ground and Tate added nine more.
Johnson got nine of his own before Tate picked up six yards. Two plays later, he got ten more. After a one-yard run by Zach Green, UCLA was called for pass interference.
Tate and Green proceeded to run for nine yards, but the drive stalled. Arizona settled for a 20-yard field goal that cut the lead to 24-10 with 2:53 remaining in the third.
UCLA got possession on its own 32 and started with a 12-yard pass to Caleb Wilson. After a one-yard run by Starks, Andrews caught a 14-yard pass.
Starks ran for 12 yards and gained seven more to plays later. Walker then caught a 21-yard pass and Rosen snuck it in from the one yard line.
The extra point gave the Bruins a 31-10 lead with 14:15 left in regulation.
On first down, Tate lost three yards. He then found Shun Brown for eight and ran for six. After a two-yard run, Brown got a nine-yard completion.
Johnson ran for four and hit Cedric Peterson for 11 yards. Tate gained 12 on the ground and hit Brown for a 31-yard touchdown.
The extra point cut UCLA’s lead to 31-17 with 11:04 left.
UCLA started on Arizona’s 45 on the next drive and Walker gained eight yards on the jet sweep. Andrews then gained four on a reception and Walker caught a 29-yard touchdown three plays later that put the Bruins up 38-17 with the extra point.