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Arizona blown out by UCLA, 66-10
From ESPN … Johnathan Franklin couldn’t stop smiling after becoming UCLA’s career rushing leader. The wide grin wasn’t just about what he accomplished personally Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Franklin gained 162 yards, redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and UCLA (No. 25 AP) overwhelmed Arizona (No. 22 BCS, No. 24 AP) 66-10 to move into first place in the Pac-12 South.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Franklin, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior from Los Angeles said. “All praises to my teammates. They open up the big holes. I just run through them. My goal wasn’t to break the record, just to help the team. Winning is our only motive. We understand what kind of position we’re in.”
And that position is something UCLA hasn’t experienced in 14 years — a possible berth in the Rose Bowl game. The Bruins know if they win their final three games plus the Pac-12 championship game that they’ll be playing in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
Their confidence should be soaring after such an impressive win against an opponent that seemed poised to give them a hard-fought game. UCLA entered as a three-point favorite.
Franklin entered needing 21 yards to overtake Gaston Green, who gained 3,731 yards from 1984-87.
Franklin moved into the top spot with a 37-yard touchdown run on his third carry, capping a 75-yard, nine-play drive following the opening kickoff that put the Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) ahead for good.
Franklin, who carried 24 times and scored twice, raised his career rushing total to 3,873 yards as the Bruins, off to their best start since 2005, raced to a 42-3 halftime lead in snapping a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) who beat them 48-12 in Tucson last year.
Arizona Star’s take on the game
The ninth play of the game ended with a touchdown, a celebration and a taped congratulatory message played on the scoreboard.
The Rose Bowl only got more festive from there, as the Bruins offense plowed past the Wildcats by air and by ground, wowing 81,673 blue-clad fans in a 66-10 runaway.
The Bruins offense dominated the Wildcats in every aspect imaginable:
• They scored the most points in a generation, matching the identical 66-10 final score in an Oct. 4, 1997, win against Houston. It would have been worse, too, had UCLA not mercifully run up the middle on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line with 1:36 to go.
• They finished the first half with 42 points, the first time they eclipsed 40 in a half since 2005 against Rice.
• The Bruins scored touchdowns on six of their seven first-half drives.
The most historic, however, was the first – a 37-yard scamper by senior running back Johnathan Franklin, who set the all-time Bruins rushing record on the play.
He passed Gaston Green, who gained 3,731 yards from 1984-87.
Franklin, who was the country’s No. 7 rusher entering the game, wasn’t the Wildcats’ only problem: Seven different Bruins scored the nine total touchdowns.
“I want our operation to be smoother,” Mora said. “I felt like there are couple lulls.”
Not enough for the Wildcats’ liking.
“We couldn’t get any stops,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said.
Junior linebacker Jake Fischer said the Bruins “weren’t doing a lot of things different” than the UA expected.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “It wasn’t anything special they did.”
Brett Hundley’s 6-yard run put the Bruins up 14-0.
On the next drive, a 17-yard Hundley pass to Jordan Payton – who beat Shaquille Richardson off the line and outran him to the ball – put UCLA up 21-0.
“We couldn’t get off blocks,” Fischer said. “We couldn’t get on their side of the field.”
Hundley completed 23-of-28 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
He ran for one more, gaining 16 yards on 10 totes.
“He played really well tonight,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t remember him missing too many passes.”
The coach said he’ll “watch the film to see where the breakdowns were.”
Saturday’s homecoming game against lowly Colorado will likely be a welcome balm for the UA defense.
The Wildcats allowed 618 yards of offense to USC in a win one week ago – or 8.2 yards per play.
By the time the Bruins took out starting quarterback Brett Hundley up 59-10 with 9:44 to play, they had gained 547 yards on 76 plays – or 7.2 per game.
“We’ve had a hard time stopping a lot of folks this year,” Rodriguez said.
Arizona receives C’s and D’s from Tucson newspaper
From the Arizona Daily Star …
ARIZONA’S REPORT CARD
FINAL SCORE: No. 25 UCLA 66, No. 24 Arizona 10
Quarterback: C-. Matt Scott had his worst game of the season, completing 15 of 25 passes for 134 yards and rushing three times for four yards before being knocked from the game with an apparent head injury. Backups B.J. Denker (2 for 5, 12 yard) and Richard Morrison (2 carries, 6 yards, no pass attempts) were ineffective against an opportunistic Bruins defense.
Running back: C-. Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 54 yards and a score on 16 carries — decent numbers, but well below his season averages. Daniel Jenkins received seven garbage-time carries and gained 42 yards. Jared Baker played late, and gained eight yards on four carries.
Wide receivers: D+. With Arizona playing from behind all night, it was imperitive that the receivers step up. They didn’t: Austin Hill caught five passes for 57 yards, and Dan Buckner caught three passes for 22 yards. Nobody else had more than two grabs.
Offensive line: D+. Center Kyle Quinn returned after missing a month with an ankle injury. But as soon as Arizona’s starting line came back together, Chris Putton went down with an injury of his own. Arizona’s backs averaged 3 yards per carry, a season-low, and Scott took the devastating sack. It wasn’t the line’s — or the offense’s — best day.
Front-six: D. UCLA gained 611 yards, and almost exactly half — 308 — came on the ground. Johnathan Franklin gained 162 yards on 24 carries, scored two touchdowns and passed Gaston Green as the Bruins’ all-time leading rusher. Backups Steven Manfro, Jordon James and Melvin Emesibe combined to gain 106 yards and score a touchdown against a defensive front that couldn’t stop anybody.
Back-five: D. Arizona’s secondary didn’t fare any better. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 23 of 28 passes for 288 three touchdowns in one of his best games as a collegian. The Bruins seemed to pick on UA cornerback Shaquille Richardson; he gave up two of the Bruins’ three passing scores.
Special teams: C+. Another night, another mixed bag for the Wildcats’ most schizophrenic position group. Kyle Dugandzic shanked a punt that led to a first-quarter UCLA touchdown, but finished with a respectable 42.3 yards per punt average on seven boots. John Bonano connected one a PAT and field goal. Richard Morrison fumbled a punt return, and Arizona’s kickoff return and coverage teams were average at best.