Bruins control Cats

The Wildcats' woes continue. UCLA came into Arizona Stadium and spoiled a homecoming weekend with a 37-7 win. The Bruins not only extend the Cats' Pac-10 losing streak to six, but also a fourth straight homecoming loss.

"There's no question it hurts," said Arizona coach John Mackovic. "We really felt like we could do some good things and we couldn't do them. This one probably hurts the most."

The Wildcats continued a season long trend of not running the ball and were victims of their own one-dimensional offense. Although Gainus Scott and Beau Carr showed flashes, the offense was largely one-dimensional. Of Arizona's 249 yards, 237 came through the air. Jason Johnson continued to put in a gutsy performance, taking shot after shot. The senior signal caller was sacked six times and hurried on nearly every attempt.

"We couldn't adequately protect the passer," Mackovic said. "We protected the passer well early on. Gradually the protection wore down."

UCLA got great play out of redshirt freshman running back Tyler Ebell. Ebell rushed for 124 yards and a pair of scores. His ability to churn out yards made life easy on the inexperienced quarterback duo of Drew Olson and Matt Moore. The pair threw for 201 yards, the first time the Bruins eclipsed the 200-yard mark since they played Cal five games ago.

It didn't take the Bruins long to get on the board. UCLA took the opening kick and marched 80 yards for the score. Ebell had his number called three times and when the smoke cleared the freshman had 60 yards and a score. His second carry saw the elusive runner take a pitch to the right side, break a couple of tackles and change direction to go 36-yards. Two plays later the shifty runner squirted through the Wildcat defense and carry Carlos Williams the final five yards of a 22-yard score.

After the initial drive the Wildcat defense stiffened and held the Bruins to just a field goal on their next two drives. The Arizona offense could do little with the momentum given to them by their defensive counterparts. The Wildcats moved into Bruin territory with some efficient running, but had a 27-yard field goal blocked. The following drive saw Arizona pick up a couple of first downs, but Andrae Thurman fumbled trying to pick up additional yards after catching a quick out pass.

It took the Bruins awhile, but they took advantage of the fumble. UCLA moved inside the Wildcat 30, but a sack and two penalties gave the Bruins fourth and 41 from their own 41. The Bruins decided to get it all back on one play and came just two yards away from doing just that. Matt Moore completed a 39-yard pass to Tab Perry and on fourth and two Ebell took an option pitch 19-yards to give the Bruins a 17-0 lead.

Mackovic wanted to get Nic Costa some playing time to evaluate his freshman quarterback. Little did he know that it would pay immediate dividends. Facing third and long from his own eight, the speedy Costa avoided the Bruin pass rush in the endzone and while on a dead sprint hit Thurman near mid field. Thurman sidestepped UCLA's Ricky Manning and raced to the endzone for a 92-yard touchdown.

"The play was designed to go deep," said Thurman. "Nic has an arm so I kept moving."

The Bruins wasted no time in getting the scoring started in the second half. After returning and Arizona punt to the Arizona 33-yard line, Drew Olson hit Craig Bragg on the sideline and the receiver slipped a pair of tacklers on his way to endzone and a 27-7 lead.

The Bruins tacked on two more scores, a 1-yard run by Manuel White and a short, 23-yard field goal.


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