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Arizona vs. UCLA Fight: Four Wildcats Suspended For Actions In Brawl

Four Arizona Wildcats have been suspended for their actions on Thursday night against the UCLA Bruins. After a fan dressed as a referee snuck onto the field and streaked across Arizona Stadium, a fight broke out between the two teams. An official release from UA has the details on the suspensions:

"Arizona defensive backs Shaquille Richardson, Jourdon Grandon, Mark Watley and Lyle Brown have been suspended by the league following a Pac-12 review of the shoving match and fight between UA and UCLA just before halftime of the Cats' 48-12 football victory on Thursday. Six UCLA players also received suspension.

Richardson and Grandon will serve full-game suspensions, while Watley and Brown will have to miss the first half of Arizona's game at Washington Oct. 29.

Richardson, a starting cornerback, was ejected from the game immediately after the fracas on Thursday and did not play in the second half. Grandon has started several games as a nickel back, while Watley and Brown are key backups and special teams players.

Athletic director Greg Byrne, interim head coach Tim Kish and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott all weighed in on the situation:

"It was an unfortunate incident and one with consequences that we fully understand and support," Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne said. "The University of Arizona in no way accepts such behavior from student-athletes."

"I'm disappointed for Arizona and UCLA," interim Arizona head coach Tim Kish said. "The altercation was a black mark on what was a good game for us. We know that players get excited and driven during games, but composure has to be maintained throughout. We'll learn from this and grow."

In handing down the suspensions, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "The conference is extremely disappointed in the actions of the student-athletes involved in this incident. It is unacceptable behavior and violated conference rules, as well as NCAA fighting rules. I have taken these actions today because it is imperative that we hold our student-athletes and coaches to the highest standards of sportsmanship," Scott said.


For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.


Arizona Wildcats Destroy UCLA In Wild West Massacre, 48-12

It was a pretty wild night in Tucson, AZ with the Arizona Wildcats doing far more than win their first game against and FBS opponent in 10 tries. The UCLA Bruins came into the desert and played the role of hapless victim to a tee, giving up six first half touchdowns to the Wildcats on all six of their first half possessions.

The second half of the game provided little of interest beyond the first two career field goals for the Wildcats field goal kicker, John Bonano.

The win comes in the first game for Arizona under interim head coach Tim Kish. Kish stepped in after Mike Stoops was fired by the school after the team started the season 1-4. 

The end of the first half featured a fan impersonating an official who then ran off the field shedding his costume all the while giant brawl between the two teams erupted. 

Arizona put up a whooping 573 yards of offense against the Bruins with quarterback Nick Foles going 26-39 for 290 yards and three touchdowns, all to Juron Criner. The Wildcats held UCLA to just 37 yards on the ground while they put up 255 of their own.

The win helps the ASU Sun Devils who were competing with UCLA for the Pac-12 South Division title.

For more on this epic Arizona win, visit AZ Desert Swarm.


Arizona Wildcats First Half Slaughter Of UCLA Ends With Streaker Brawl (VIDEO)

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Once upon a time, at the end of the first half of a college football game between the Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins a person dressed in referee costume ran on to the field. The fake official ran to the action and tried to get the football. After being discovered as a fraud by the ever-alert Pac-12 officials (the real ones) he ran off and began shedding his clothes.

While the ever alert Pac-12 officials are following the action with the fake streaking official, a small group of players from the UCLA football team and the Arizona football team engage in a brawl. The brawl quick spreads to all parts of the field as the benches clear and chaos ensures.

As a result of the brawl, two players (one from each football team) were ejected from the game by the (real) Pac-12 officials. It is not clear what happened to the fake official-turned streaker, although we can assume his evening will end in a jail cell.

Also, even more unbelievably, the Arizona Wildcats scored a touchdown on all six of their first half possessions and even more shockingly, managed to convert all six point after kicks. They led 42-7 after two quarters of "play".

If you don't believe this story, here's the video proof


UCLA vs. Arizona Score Update: Wildcats Lead 42-7 After Wild Half

The Arizona Wildcats unleashed an offensive firestorm on the UCLA Bruins in the first half on Thursday night, taking a commanding 42-7 lead into the locker room. 

Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes to Juron Criner, Keola Antolin racked up 77 yards on the ground and Arizona recovered two UCLA fumbles to help take an improbable lead at the half. 

Foles passed for 242 yards while Bruins QB Kevin Prince was only able to complete eight passes for 152 yards.

The whole half was owned by Arizona, a team that had a ton of competing emotions after the departure of their head coach, Mike Stoops. It all came out against UCLA, and the Bruins weren't prepared for the onslaught.

After the first, Arizona led 14-7. In the second, the Wildcats scored four touchdowns to push the game out of reach for the Pac-12 South contenders from Los Angeles.

By the end of the half, with a 35-point lead, chaos overcame the field. Both sides erupted into a full melee, with both benches clearing and meeting in the middle of the field. By the end of the wild scenario, two players were ejected from the game, but the point had been made: UCLA was getting embarrassed.

We will have more on the brawl as soon as possible.


UCLA vs. Arizona Score Update: Nick Foles, Juron Criner Key 14-7 Lead For Wildcats

After an eventful bye week that saw their head coach get fired, the Arizona Wildcats released some pent-up frustrations on the UCLA Bruins in first quarter action on Thursday night. Interim head coach Tim Kish relied on the experience of Nick Foles and the results were very solid.

On the opening drive of the game, Nick Foles led an efficient drive before connecting with Juron Criner in the endzone to take a 7-0 Arizona lead. The defense, showing a new defensive wrinkle (lining up in a Bear formation), forced the Bruins to punt on their initial drive.

Arizona then stormed out to a 14-0 lead after Ka'Deem Carey stormed through the UCLA defense on an 18-yard touchdown run.

UCLA would not lie down easily, however. They have a lot to play for and are still very much in the race for the Pac-12 South crown.

On 4th and 5, the Bruins went for it on Arizona's 16-yard line. After a play action, UCLA QB Kevin Prince went back to Johnathan Franklin, who was wide open on the left side of the field for an essential touchdown. 

Gino Crump had a big quarter for the Wildcats, leading the team with five receptions for 43 yards. He made an excellent catch along the sideline on the game's opening drive to set up Criner's score.

Keola Antolin had 53 yards on four carries for Arizona. The offense has looked great for Kish and the UA fans. Can they keep up the fast pace?

For more on the Wildcats, head over to AZ Desert Swarm.

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