A Second Look: UCLA 24, Arizona 21

The Wildcats played their best game of the year, but still came up short against UCLA. The Wildcats scored 21 first half points, but could not get anymore in the second half. UCLA's come from behind win is their third straight over the Wildcats.

Clarence Farmer got his first start of the season and rushed for 122 yards. He also had three catches for 32 yards and a score.

Kris Heavner hits Biren Ealy on a 39-yard touchdown pass just before the half. Arizona goes into the locker room up 21-10.

The Wildcats had a tough night on special teams. Arizona place kickers missed a pair of short field goals. Punter Danny Baugher fielded a short snap, avoided a block, but instead of getting the kick off, took off upfield. Baugher gained 10 yards, but needed 12 and the Cats gave up the ball inside their own territory. The Cats let Craig Bragg run back a punt 37 yards before Baugher made an open field tackle. Inside of two minutes to play in the game, the Bruins downed a punt inside the Wildcat one-yard line.

The Wildcats' 276 yards rushing are their most since the Dick Tomey era. The last time they eclipsed 200 yards as a team was in 2001. Clarence Farmer is the first Wildcat to rush for 100 yards since Mike Bell did it in week one against UTEP. Farmer hadn't rushed for that much since the Wisconsin game a year ago. Bell just missed the century mark, running for 94 yards.

Quarterback Kris Heavner has thrown eight interceptions this season. Five have occurred inside the opponent's 40-yard line, while two others have gone the other way for scores.

The Cats have now lost 13-straight Conference home games and six straight games overall. UCLA is the sixth bowl team in a row that the Cats have faced, but the first unranked opponent since the opener against UTEP. The Bruins have won three straight and five of the last six.

For the second straight game the Wildcat offense did not surrender a quarterback sack.

"You could have driven a semi through some of those holes." – Wildcat QB Nic Costa on the success of his offensive line.

Player Statistics
UCLA Rushing
Tyler Ebell (14-61) Manuel White Jr. (11-29) Maurice Drew (6-17) Drew Olson (1-3) Matt Moore (1--6)

Arizona Rushing
Clarence Farmer (25-122) Mike Bell (8-94) Nic Costa (3-41) Kris Heavner (4-9)

UCLA Passing
Drew Olson 15-22 for 189 yds. 1 INT. Matt Moore 4-8 for 41 yds. 1 INT.

Arizona Passing
Kris Heavner 13-20 for 187 yds. 3 INT. Nic Costa 4-11 for 56 yds. 1 INT.

UCLA Receiving
Craig Bragg (6-105) Junior Taylor (4-44) Manuel White Jr. (3-25) Maurice Drew (2-2) Garrett Lepisto (1-17) Marcedes Lewis (1-15) Ryan Smith (1-12) Tyler Ebell (1-10)

Arizona Receiving
Biren Ealy (5-100) Ricky Williams (5-63) Clarence Farmer (3-32) Lance Relford (1-28) Mike Bell (1-9) Matt Padron (1-7) Syndric Steptoe (1-4)

UCLA Interceptions
Rodney Leisle (1-55) Mat Ball (1-27) Justin London (1-15) Spencer Havner (1-5)

Arizona Interceptions
Clay Hardt (1-21) Michael Jolivette (1-0)

UCLA Kick-off Returns
Tyler Ebell (1-11)

Arizona Kick-off Returns
Syndric Steptoe (3-40)

UCLA Punt Returns
Craig Bragg (1-37) Tyler Ebell (1-22)

Arizona Punt Returns
Syndric Steptoe (1-0)

Attendance: 44,481

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