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Arizona got it done. The Cats won their second game in a row for the first time in the Mike Stoops era. They also beat a ranked team for the second time since 2000. Here are some other notes and tidbits from the UA's win over UCLA.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Mike Bell. Bell had one of the best games of his career rushing for 153 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. He averaged 9.6 yards per carry. He also started the game with a 51 yard reception before he slipped at the UCLA 30 yard line.

His touchdown run was the play of the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Bell ran in a touchdown from eight yards out with 12:05 left in the third quarter. The eight yard run was topped off as Bell leaped from about the three yard line and flipped in the air before landing perfectly in the end zone.

TURNING POINT

UCLA began a drive with 10:08 left in the first half at their own 20 yard line. They marched straight down the field using the no huddle offense. Arizona was leading 28-0 at the start of the drive.

The Bruins moved down to the Arizona 15 yard line. On first down Chris Markey ran two yards. Second down featured Drew Olson completing a four yard pass to Joe Cowan. Olson then rushed three yards down to the UA six yard line. The Bruins opted to go for it on fourth down trailing by four touchdowns. Olson ran up the middle and Copeland Bryan was there to make the stop.

Arizona took over on downs and would go on to win the game in convincing fashion. The stop took away UCLA's confidence and they were unable to form the comeback they used their past few games.

THE SERIES

UCLA leads the series 18-9-2 having won the last four. However, Arizona is 4-2 in games played in November, all of those were played in Tucson.

"MONEY" MIKE THOMAS

Mike Thomas entered the game averaging 77.8 receiving yards good four fourth among freshmen receivers and 46th overall in college foortball.

Thomas had a strong outing scoring the first UA touchdown on a 17 yard run, only his fourth run of the season. Arizona's third touchdown of the game came off a 48 yard pass to Thomas with 1:41 left in the first quarter. All things told he had two rushes for 24 yards, five receptions for 104 yards, one rushing TD, and one receiving TD.

STEPTOE'S STREAK

Wide receiver Syndric Steptoe moved his streak to 15 straight games played with at least one reception as he caught a six yard pass on third down to give Arizona a first down. Thomas would run in his touchdown the next play.

STRONG START

Arizona scored 21 points in the first quarter which was their highest total for the first quarter this season. Last week against Oregon State they scored 13 in the first quarter.

The UA scored 31 points in the first half, tying their highest point total of the season set against NAU.

TUITAMA TIME

William Tuitama started the game strong throwing 7-7 in the first quarter for 138 yards and two touchdowns. In the game he completed 14 of 24 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

He is now 2-0 as a starter. The last UA quarterback to win his first two starts was Jason Johnson in 2001. Johnson actually won his first three starts against San Diego State, Idaho and UNLV.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME

Syndric Steptoe returned a punt 63 yards for the UA for a touchdown. It was the first punt return for a TD in five years.

The blowout also signified the first back to back wins for the UA since 2000.

UCLA was the highest ranked opponent to fall to the Wildcats since the UA defeated #1 Washington in 1992.

The last time Arizona scored over 50 points in a game came as Arizona scored 52 points against Cal in 2002.

CAREER NIGHT

Gilbert Harris contributed a career high night for the Cats scoring a touchdown and tallying 113 yards on the ground. He also scored a touchdown on an 18 yard run.

MILESTONE

Mike Bell became the fifth Wildcat running back to eclipse the 3,000 yard mark. He has 3,003 yards, just 93 yards behind Hubie Oliver.

FASHION SHOW

Arizona wore the red jerseys and blue pants for the first time together. It is the sixth combination for their new uniform schemes. It was their first win in either component.

INJURY UPDATE

DT Paul Phillipp and TE Ryan Kilpatrick did not suit up for the Wildcats. OL Kili Lefotu was in uniform, but was an emergency only player and did not take the field.

THE NUMBERS

The Cats held UCLA to more than 100 yard below their season average and 29 points under what they normally score.


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