Final: Arizona 48, UCLA 12

Arizona fired its coach, and it played its best game. UCLA played its worst game and it...

Well, we'll see.

There is no doubt that UCLA, playing a must-win game for its bowl hopes and for coach Rick Neuheisel, laid an egg Thursday night on ESPN.

What can you say about a 48-12 defeat?

The Wildcats, in their first game since the firing coach Mike Stoops, exploded out of the gate, and led 42-7 at the half. Nothing happened in the second half to make it a game.

The Wildcats finished with 573 yards against the Bruins. Arizona entered the game averaging 72 yards rushing per game. They had 254 against UCLA. The Bruins had 37 yards rushing.

It was a horrible night for UCLA, and a feel-good night for the Wildcats.

Arizona showed up to play. UCLA did not. Simple as that.

Arizona, now 2-5 and 1-4 in conference play, after ending a 10-game losing streak to FBS foes, visits Washington on Oct. 29.

UCLA falls to 3-4 and 2-2 in conference play. The Bruins play host to California on Oct. 29.