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?
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