Sunday, November 4, 2012
Franklin sets record in UCLA blowout
By Kevin Gemmell
What was supposed to be a shootout in Pasadena, Calif., turned out to be a firing squad. And the hosts weren't even considerate enough to provide the visitors with blindfolds.
The UCLA Bruins blitzed the No. 22 Arizona Wildcats 66-10 to win their third in a row while throwing another wrinkle into an already wide-open Pac-12 South.
Quarterback Brett Hundley -- one of the heroes of last week’s last-second win at Arizona State -- threw three touchdowns on 23 of 28 passing for 288 yards. A pair of those touchdowns went to Joseph Fauria. Hundley also rushed for a fourth score.
Johnathan Franklin, who became UCLA’s all-time leading rusher, carried 24 times for 162 yards and two scores.
Arizona’s explosive offense, which ranked fourth nationally in passing yards and was averaging 39 points per game, was clipped by a motivated UCLA defense that forced three turnovers and limited the Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) to 257 total yards and 3-of-14 on third downs. Conversely, the Bruins (7-2, 4-2) ran up 611 yards of offense.
“I think our guys are real focused,” head coach Jim Mora told the Pac-12 Network. “I think they’ll hit it just as hard next week. Every time you win a game and you keep yourself in the hunt, the next one gets bigger. We’ve got to approach it that way. We can’t get too high on this thing.”
The Wildcats also had a pair of scary injuries. Quarterback Matt Scott left the game in the second half after his head ricocheted into the knee of UCLA’s Datone Jones. He was 15 of 25 for 124 yards before being replaced by B.J. Denker.
Then in the fourth quarter, linebacker Hank Hobson was carted off the field. UPDATE: Head coach Rich Rodriguez said Hobson had movement in his arms and legs and a decision was going to be made whether to keep him overnight in the hospital for observations or to release him so he could travel with the team.
The Bruins travel to Washington State next week for their final road game of the season before closing out the year with back-to-back home games against USC and Stanford. Arizona returns home and will try to reach bowl eligibility when it faces Colorado.