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Cats Win Big Over UCLA
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/31/1999
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John Nadel
AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Trung Canidate rushed for 148 yards to extend his school record for consecutive 100-yard games to seven Saturday night as Arizona kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by beating UCLA 33-7.

Canidate, a senior who carried 25 times and scored on runs of 3 and 19 yards, equaled the Arizona career record of 15 100-yard rushing games set by Art Luppino, who played for the Wildcats from 1953-56.

Keith Smith completed 17 of 29 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10), who won for the fourth time in five games.

Neither Canidate nor Smith played in the fourth quarter.

The Arizona defense sacked UCLA quarterbacks nine times for 78 yards in playing by far its best game this season. The Wildcats allowed an average of 31.8 points in their previous eight games.

Because of the sack yardage, the Bruins netted a minus-31 yards rushing _ the first time they've had negative rushing yardage in seven years. UCLA was held to a school-record minus-37 yards rushing by Syracuse in 1962.

The Bruins (3-6, 1-5), who won the Pac-10 championship last year, lost for the third straight time _ their longest losing streak since they dropped six straight in 1994.

UCLA is 3-8 since winning a school-record 20 straight games, a streak that ended last December.

Outscored 72-7 in its two previous games, UCLA took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Cory Paus threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brad Melsby on a third-and-19 play.

Then, Arizona went to work. Freshman Sean Keel kicked a 31-yard field goal, and the Wildcats went ahead for good on Canidate's first scoring run with 1:20 left in the opening period.

Smith threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Manumaleuna early in the second quarter, and Keel added a 33-yard field goal late in the period to extend Arizona's lead to 20-7.

Canidate capped an 80-yard Arizona drive following the second-half kickoff with his second TD run, and freshman Lance Briggs ran 48 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-1 play with 53 seconds left in the third period to complete the scoring.

The Wildcats rolled up 187 yards in the third quarter to just 26 for UCLA. Both teams substituted liberally during a scoreless final period.

Arizona entered the game with just one field goal in 11 attempts this season. Keel was successful on both of his attempts - the first two of his career.

Paus was 13-of-27 for 230 yards with no interceptions.

UCLA blew a scoring chance in the game's opening three minutes, moving to the Arizona 7 before Peter Hansen blocked Chris Griffith's 25-yard field goal attempt.

UCLA's Ryan Roques thwarted a pair of second-quarter Arizona threats with interceptions.

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