UCLA loses to Arizona, 27-10, possibly ruining any chance for the Bruins to make a run to the Pac-12 title game.
The Bruins trailed throughout the game and this loss gives UCLA a .500 record in Pac-12 play.
UCLA (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) played one of their worst all-around games of the season in Arizona.
The team could only muster up 271 yards of offense while the defense gave up the most points it has allowed all season (27).
Quarterbacks Ethan Garbers and Dante Moore were both injured, so junior Collin Schlee took over at quarterback late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t move the offense.
Garbers who has led the Bruins to its previous two conference wins, completed 13 of 21 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown before leaving early in the fourth quarter because of an apparent right leg/foot injury.
The running game had it’s struggles as well as Carson Steele and the rest of the running backs only combined for 88 of 114 rushing yards.
The Bruins offense was able to put together solid drives early but weren’t able to put enough points on the board early to compete with the Wildcats.
“We’re trading threes for sevens and you can’t trade threes for sevens against a good offensive team like they have,” said Kelly. “We’ve got to do a better in the red zone. We should be scoring touchdowns instead of trying field goals.”
Coach Brian Kelly spoke to his team after the game to keep them motivated for the rest of the way.
“There’s a process, a schedule for tomorrow to watch the film. We’ll dissect this and go through this,” said Kelly. “It stings and it hurts because of how much they put into this.”
The defense suffered its own struggles and loses as well as safety Kamari Ramsey and defensive end Gabriel Murphy were lost to injuries during the course of the game.
The hope is this underwhelming performance from the defense can be fixed for next week’s Pac-12 matchup.
“Tonight, they just made more plays than us,” said defensive back Alex Johnson, whose four interceptions this season are the most for UCLA since 2016. “That’s a great team. All we can do right now is look at the film, make the corrections and come back stronger for the next game (at home against Arizona State).”
If the Bruins hope to make anymore noise the rest of this Pac-12 season. The team will need to put it all together next week back at home in Pasadena against the Sun Devils (2-7, 1-5 Pac-12).