Arizona Wildcats Handle UCLA Despite Five Turnovers

Michael AbbottContributor IOctober 24, 2009

The No. 22 Arizona Wildcats made another statement Saturday night solidifying their position near the top of the Pac-10 with their win over the UCLA Bruins, 27-13, in Tucson.

Led by a sick Nick Foles, the Wildcats turned the ball over five times, but still managed to get 456 yards of total offense against the UCLA defense. 

Perhaps the most impressive stat of the game was the 98 rush yards gained by Arizona receivers.  The UCLA defense couldn’t find an answer for Terrell Turner, Delashaun Dean, and Juron Criner taking the handoff from Foles and running it around the end.  Arizona rushed for 209 yards for the game.

Things got close in the third quarter when Foles’ swing pass was almost intercepted and then ruled a lateral pass.  UCLA quickly picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for a touchdown, cutting UA’s lead to seven.

The Wildcat offense answered with a touchdown and never looked back.

After the Stanford game, the Zona Zoo was heavily criticized for not bringing their “A game” and leaving at halftime.  This week, there will be no such criticisms.  The Zoo was as loud as it’s been all year and many were in attendance throughout the game.

The Wildcats get their second bye week of the season next week, with the hopes of getting people healthy. 

Arizona Coach Mike Stoops acknowledged that quarterback Nick Foles was sick after the game.  Stoops even briefly took Foles out of the game for one play, inserting back-up Max Scott at quarterback.  Foles made it back onto the field and finished out the game throwing for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Nic Grigsby rushed for 26 yards on nine carries before re-injuring his shoulder before halftime.  It is not known yet if Grigsby will be back for the Wildcats next game against Washington State on Nov. 7th.