On the other side of the conference, Nick Chubb of Georgia ran for over 100 yards for the 12th straight time, tying the school record set by Herschel Walker. Rosen played his best game since UVA, going 19-28 for 284 yards and two touchdowns. UCLA turned Arizona’s three first-half turnovers into 21 points, leaving the Wildcats staring at a 41-14 deficit entering halftime. After that, it was Perkins, running plays the way they were designed, with an innate understanding of tempo and a stubborn refusal to fall.
There was one moment, however, when Rosen rolled out to his right and slung a pass slightly across his body – deep downfield. The freshman quarterback found Thomas Duarte for a 35-yard touchdown to tie the game up. UCLA hadn’t scored on an opening drive this season.
“Obviously our guys know that our backs are against the wall”, Graham said Monday.
Wilson, a former four-star prospect, was recruited by everybody and their grandmother in 2012 before signing with the Wildcats. UCLA’s Deon Hollins pounced on the ball, setting the Bruins up at Arizona’s 30-yard line.
“They were a good football team, and a talented and athletic team like I expected”, a somewhat dejected Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. It wasn’t one thing. “We allowed him to get comfortable”.
The Wildcats rushed for 353 yards against the Bruins. But on the play, the quarterback took a hit above the shoulders and exited.
Yes, that storyline applies quite well to what happened in Tucson this past Saturday, when the Bruins ran away with a 56-30 win over Arizona despite giving up 128 yards and a touchdown to Jerrard Randall. He showed off his speed that helped him gain 149 yards on just three carries last week against Northern Arizona. We got in a little trouble early in the second half when we were going to run the ball, and Josh led us out of that.
Randall’s touchdown dash infused a few energy into the 56,004 fans at Arizona Stadium, but it didn’t seem to bother Rosen. Much of the Wildcats’ production was empty yards after the Bruins had already built up a huge lead.
Beavers have now alternated wins and losses in their first four games losing 42-24 at home Friday.
-S Tahaan Goodman moved into the starting lineup last week in a new secondary alignment, and he led the Bruins with 10 tackles against Arizona. UCLA’s first half performance provided answers. At the receiver spot, Southern California natives David Richards and Johnny Jackson each have three touchdown receptions. And let’s not forget that, despite the missed short field goal and extra point, Skowron did manage to make 44-yarder against UCLA too.
But again Rosen responded with a 75-yard drive, this time needing eight plays and scored on an 8-yard rush. The two teams then traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final result.
“Josh has total faith in us”, Brendel said, “and in the running backs, with their protection”. “We will come back tomorrow and look at the film and correct everything”. The Wildcats got back All-American linebacker Scooby Wright, who had been out since the first quarter of the opener because of a knee injury.