Sunday, November 4, 2012
Grades: UCLA 66, Arizona 10
By Peter Yoon
PASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA Bruins coach Jim Mora likes to say there is no such thing as a perfect game, but there is such a thing as a perfect report card and the Bruins certainly deserve one after their 66-10 rout of Arizona in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
It was easily the most complete game the Bruins (7-2, 4-2) have played in years, especially considering it came against a quality opponent in Arizona (5-4, 2-4). The Wildcats were No. 22 in the BCS standings and had previously lost only to top-15 teams Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford.
With the victory, coupled with losses by Arizona State and USC, the Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South standings. Here's how the Bruins graded out:
Brett Hundley completed 25 of 28 passes (89 percent) for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He had a stretch of 16 consecutive completions at one point and found 11 receivers. Joseph Fauria had five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns and Hundley was sacked only once.
Johnathan Franklin had 162 yards and two touchdowns and set the school career rushing record with 3,873 yards. The Bruins rushed for 308 yards and a season-high six touchdowns. It was the third time this season they've gone over 300 yards rushing and five players had rushing touchdowns.
Arizona entered the game with the No. 4 passing offense in the nation, averaging 354 yards per game through the air, but had only 136 -- a season low by more than 100. Quarterback Matt Scott, third in the nation in passing yards, had only 124 yards before leaving with a head injury in the third quarter.
Arizona rushed for 121 yards against the Bruins, far below their season average of 199. Ka'Deem Carey, averaging 120 yards a game before Saturday, had only 54 yards in 16 carries -- an average of 3.4 yards per carry. The Wildcats averaged only three yards per carry as a team.
The Bruins may have found a punt returner in Randall Goforth, who had two returns for 48 yards. Kicker Ka'imi Fairbarin made his only field-goal attempt and was 9-for-9 on extra points. Punter Jeff Locke boomed one 64 yards to the five-yard line. And had nine touchbacks in 11 kickoffs.
Everything went as drawn up from the dark blue uniforms to the face paint to fire up the team and of course, the game plans. The Bruins were as smooth and efficient as they had been all season and showed preparedness and discipline. Penalty totals were high (13 for 134) but didn't seem costly as in the past.