Oct. 30, 2010
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Backup Matt Scott had another big game, passing for a career-high 319 yards, and No. 15 Arizona held off UCLA 29-21 on Saturday to remain in contention for its first Pac-10 championship.
Scott was 24 of 36 with one interception and one touchdown. The junior also carried 12 times for 71 yards.
Scott threw for 233 yards and ran for another 65 in a 44-14 victory over Washington last weekend filling in for Nick Foles, who sprained his right knee two weeks ago. Foles might be healthy enough to return next Saturday when the Wildcats play at No. 13 Stanford.
Keola Antolin rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries for the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10), off to their best start since winning seven of their first eight games en route to a 12-1 finish in 1998.
Richard Brehaut passed for a career-best 228 yards and two touchdowns for the Bruins (3-5, 1-4), who lost their third straight game but performed much better than in their last two, when they were outscored 95-20 at California and Oregon.
UCLA entered ranked 117th among the 120 FBS schools in yards passing with an average of just 104.6 per game.
The Wildcats rolled up a season-high 583 yards and 32 first downs and held the Bruins to 299 yards and 15 first downs, but didn't put the game away until the final minute.
UCLA played without starting quarterback Kevin Prince, who underwent season-ending knee surgery Oct. 23, and standout linebacker Patrick Larimore, sidelined with an injured left shoulder. The Bruins were also without wide receiver Ricky Marvray and offensive tackle Sean Sheller, a pair of starters serving one-game suspensions for violating team rules.
Completely outplayed in the first half, UCLA trimmed Arizona's lead to 19-14 on the fourth play of the third quarter on a 68-yard completion from Brehaut to Randall Carroll - the Bruins' longest touchdown pass since 2007.
But the Wildcats responded with an 80-yard drive capped by Greg Nwoko's 1-yard run.
Neither team threatened again until Brehaut's 49-yard pass to Josh Smith on a flea flicker with 14:24 remaining capped an 86-yard drive and moved UCLA within five points. There wasn't a defender within 10 yards of Smith when he made the reception and trotted into the end zone as the Rose Bowl crowd of 53,408 roared its approval.
UCLA reached the Arizona 34 with 9 1/2 minutes to play, but Smith lost 9 yards on a flanker reverse and the Bruins were forced to punt. The Bruins got the ball with 3:14 remaining at their 20 after a punt, but turned the ball over on downs, putting the Wildcats in position for Alex Zendejas' 30-yard field goal with 1:18 left.
The Bruins reached their 46 before Brehaut fumbled while being sacked and Slone Tuihalamaka recovered.
Mike Stoops' Post-Game with Reporters:
Obviously a good win - a good team win. Going on the road and winning is a great compliment to our players and our coaches. I thought we played relatively well if you take out a couple of plays defensively. Besides that, we had pretty good control of the game.
Offensively I thought we moved the ball well all game. The fourth quarter was a little disappointing. I thought Matt (Scott) was throwing to the right people; he just got a little bit high with the football. We had chances to put the game away. They kept us out of the end zone a big part of the game."
(On the fake punt): "I thought it was the right time to change the momentum. We thought it was there all day, and they took the bait and doubled our receivers. That's when you have to call those plays. You have to have enough courage and toughness to make them and execute them. I thought it was big in flipping the field with six minutes left in the game."
(On Quarterback Matt Scott): "I thought he was really good. I thought Matt played well the whole game. He ran the ball effectively. He made tons of plays throughout the course of the game. They came with a lot of pressure. He did a good job running. He continues to improve and we knew that we could win with Matt."