Saturday, October 24, 2009
Arizona overcomes turnovers to beat UCLA
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA didn't throw any interceptions against Arizona. Arizona tossed three.
Guess which team has quarterback issues?
It's perhaps a sign of how good Arizona is becoming that it can overcome five turnovers -- UCLA had but two -- and win fairly easily, 27-13.
A 456 yards to 211 differential in total yards seems revealing of the distances between these two teams, which are going in different directions in the Pac-10 standings. All of the Bruins points came off Wildcats turnovers. UCLA had 10 first downs; Arizona 27.
UCLA yanked quarterback Kevin Prince in the second half, going with Kevin Craft and then true freshman Richard Brehaut. The Bruins offense, which showed some sparks last week against California, is staggering.
The Bruins, now 3-4, have opened Pac-10 play with four consecutive losses. They visit Oregon State next weekend, their bowl hopes now dwindling.
Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles, who has been mostly flawless since taking over the starting job in week four, didn't have his best game, though he threw two touchdown passes and passed for 247 yards. Besides three interceptions, he fumbled twice.
Arizona, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference, has a bye before playing host to Washington State. A visit to Cal on Nov. 14 suddenly looms large in the conference pecking order.
The only good news for UCLA: Safety Rahim Moore picked off two passes, giving him seven for the season, which likely will lead the nation by the end of the weekend.