A closer look: UCLA over Arizona

PASADENA, Calif - Once again Wildcat fans are left wondering ‘what if'. Although the game was not as close as the last couple of heartbreakers, there were just a few little things that cost Arizona any chance of winning. Instead of turnovers and missed kicks, it was dropped passes and penalties. The result was the same, another Wildcat loss.

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UCLA TE Mercedes Lewis had six catches for 99 yards and three scores. The yards and touchdowns were both career highs.


Chris Henry ran a sweep to the left, but appeared to have all his momentum leading him out of bounds. He put on the breaks, stopping inches from the out of bounds, turned 90 degrees, and sprinted up field for 12 yards.


Arizona scored on their opening drive of the second half to cut the game to 23-10, but allowed UCLA to come right back and score a touchdown on the very next drive. The Bruins ran almost 5:00 off the clock and all but sealed the game.


Arizona was able to establish the run. Mike Bell had his best game of the season.

Arizona contained the UCLA run game, holding them to just 114 yards on the ground.

Kris Heavner played very well. He passed for just 93 yards, but threw three long passed that were on target and should have been caught. WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

Arizona could not stop UCLA on 3rd down. The Bruins converted 8-of-14 third downs.

The offense committed too many penalties that killed drives.

Arizona receivers got open deep but either dropped passes or the passes were overthrown.

The Wildcat defense committed critical personal fouls that led to Bruin touchdowns.

Arizona was unable to contain TE Mercedes Lewis, despite predicting several of the plays that went his way. The defense also missed a number of tackles.


Arizona lost three defensive linemen in the last two weeks. Yaniv Barnett was suspended after an arrest, Chris Kolone left the team due to personal reasons and DE/DT Johnathan Turner dislocated his elbow. To compensate for the loss, DE Lionel Dotson saw time at defensive tackle. The Wildcats also used several different three down linemen sets. To make matters worse, starting DT Paul Phillip missed most of the second half with a shoulder injury.


Arizona was averaging just four penalties a contest coming into the game. The offense had two penalties called against them on the initial drive. The Cats were called for a 15-yard facemask and a false start. They finished the game with nine penalties for 83 yards.


On their second possession the Wildcats ran on 9-of-10 plays, gaining 57 yards. They stalled inside the UCLA 20 and had to settle for a field goal.


At one point in the second quarter the Wildcat running backs were averaging over six yards a carry. Arizona opened the drive with a fresh running back (who fumbled on a screen pass) and then proceeded to throw on every play. The Cats wound up punting after two first downs.


Chris Henry's one-yard score in the third quarter was his first career touchdown. It was also the Wildcats' first rushing touchdown since the season opener against NAU. He followed it up with another one-yard score later in the third.


A number of Southern California players were making their first trips to the Los Angeles area for a college game. Among the SoCal natives making the trip were freshmen Michael Klyce and Gerold Rodruiguez, neither of whom are expected to play this season. Other L.A. natives who saw time include Paul Phillip, Ricky Williams, Antoine Cason SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

UCLA - 13:15 TEAM Safety
UCLA - 11:05 M. Pitre 28-yard pass from D. Olson (Medlock kick)
ARIZ - 05:05 N. Folk, 41-yard field goal

Second Quarter

UCLA - 12:36 M. Lewis 16-yard pass from Olson (Medlock kick)
UCLA - 00:50 M. Lewis 12-yard pass from Olson (Medlock kick)

Third Quarter

ARIZ - 10:00 C. Henry 1-yard run (Folk kick)
UCLA - 05:31 M. Lewis 18-yard pass from Olson (Medlock kick)
ARIZ - 01:10 C. Henry 2-yard run (Folk kick)

Fourth Quarter

UCLA - 01:51 C. Marckey 2-yard run (Medlock kick)

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