Thanks to another great game from Arizona’s Khalil Tate and some quick-strike scores from UCLA, the Wildcats defeated the Bruins 47-30. Find the score and live updates below. Game time information for UCLA-Arizona is here.
UCLA-Arizona football score, live updates
Q4 12:25: Arizona’s Nick Wilson found paydirt for the second time of the night, scoring from 6 yards out to extend Arizona’s lead to 47-30 on a run that was set up by an earlier, 44-yard completion from Tate to Tony Ellison.
Q3 1:04: UCLA running back Bolu Olorunfunmi finished off a 6-play, 65-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Josh Rosen found Soso Jamabo in the end zone for the 2-point conversion to trim Arizona’s lead to 40-30.
Q3: 3:36: Immediately after a quick-strike drive landed the Bruins in the end zone, Khalil Tate responded by juking two defenders and sprinting 71 yards down the middle of the field for a touchdown, breaking 200 yards rushing in the process. Arizona leads 40-22.
Q3 4:20: Desperately in need of a quick response, UCLA got just that thanks to Bolu Olorunfunmi, who churned up all 75 yards of a 3-play drive, capped by his 4-yard touchdown run. Josh Rosen connected with Jordan Lasley on the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 33-22.
Q3 5:06: After botching a similar attempt earlier in the quarter (thanks in part to a bad snap), Arizona kicker Josh Pollack nailed a 23-yard field goal to push Arizona’s lead to 33-14.
Q2 0:11: A slow-to-resume clock gave the Wildcats a little bit of an advantage late in the half, allowing some time for Khalil Tate to find Trevor Wood on a 7-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 30-14 (Josh Pollack missed the PAT).
Q2 4:07: UCLA running back Soso Jamabo capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 24-14.
Q2 8:03: Josh Rosen’s second interception of the half was a painful one, as Arizona defensive back Jace Whittaker intercepted a pass thrown behind Rosen’s intended receiver and returned it 45 yards for a Wildcats touchdown.
Q1 0:39: Khalil Tate’s 53-yard pass to Shun Brown powered a 5-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Nick Wilson to extend the Arizona lead to 17-7.
Q1 2:23: The Bruins responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped by Jalen Starks’ 1-yard touchdown run to cut Arizona’s lead to 10-7.
Q1 7:04: After a Jamabo fumble, the Wildcats drove 24 yards before settling for a 36-yard field goal from Pollack to extend the lead to 10-0.
Q1 13:44: Fresh off a record-setting performance, Tate didn’t waste much time. The quarterback scrambled 45 yards for a touchdown on the fourth play of Arizona’s opening drive, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
UCLA-Arizona football preview, picks
Line: UCLA (-2.5)
Arizona (3-2, 1-1) and UCLA (3-2, 1-1) meet with identical records (trailing USC in conference wins by 2), but much different points in their trajectories. The Bruins are battling to stay on the edge of relevance in what is likely quarterback Josh Rosen’s last season, while the Wildcats are enjoying an improvement upon a 3-9 (1-8) campaign in 2016. Fresh off a surprise win over Colorado, Arizona returns home to host UCLA, which is coming off a bye week. Both teams’ most recent contests were wins over the Buffaloes, with the Bruins winning by one more point (27-23) than the Wildcats (45-42).
In the all-time series, UCLA holds a 24-15-2 advantage and has won the last five meetings, including its last two trips to Tuscon. Arizona still holds a slight edge in games at Arizona Stadium, going 11-10 in meetings between the two there. The two schools have faced off every season since 1978, save for 1984 and 2001.
UCLA-Arizona keys to the game
UCLA ranks 126th out of 130 teams in total yards allowed per game. The Bruins are giving up 284.2 yards per game on the ground (129th out of 130), but are much better against the pass — likely because teams don’t need to throw much against them — allowing 222.4 passing yards per game (65th in the nation). Conversely, Arizona is 89th in the nation in total yards allowed per game (411 per game), while the Wildcats are 70th in the nation against the run (154.4 yards allowed per game) and 106th against the pass (256.6 passing yards per game allowed). Simply put, just some defense from either side will go a long way toward determining the outcome. Oddly enough, both of these defenses’ weaknesses play into the opposition’s strength, meaning we’re ready for some fireworks on Saturday evening.
Khalil Tate, the X-Factor
Tate, who began last week as the backup quarterback, spent last weekend ripping up as much Folsom Field turf as possible with his cleats, setting an FBS record for rushing yards gained by a quarterback in a single game with 327 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win over Colorado. Tate made his collegiate debut against UCLA last October, and has made just one start in his career, against USC. The reigning national top player of the week will surely attract plenty of attention from the Bruins, but will Arizona be able to look outside of its quarterback’s running talents for offense? Or will this be another game that depends on the performance of Tate, who had an incredible outing last week?
UCLA is a pass-dependent team, as evidenced by their 435.8 passing yards per game. That begins and ends with quarterback Josh Rosen, who will likely have to throw the Bruins to a win in this contest. Rosen has a 17-5 TD-to-INT ratio this season, but threw interceptions in losses to Memphis and Stanford that crushed UCLA’s hopes. In what promises to be a shootout, Rosen must limit the risks while also finding a way to frequently find the end zone.
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