The Arizona Wildcats (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) gave the 19th ranked UCLA Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) all they could handle, but in the end Myles Jack and the Bruins’ defense would have no part of a full-fledged comeback.
In the Pac-12 they’ve been calling Jack the best freshman in the country since about week 4, last night it may have become clear that’s the case. He secured eight tackles on the night and recovered a fumble in the end zone on defense. Most impressively though, the Bruins finally used the linebacker to run the ball, giving it to him six times while Jordan James sat with an ankle injury.
Jack responded with 120 yards from scrimmage and scored on a big-time 66 yard touchdown run. Brett Hundley was also huge for the men from Westwood, throwing two touchdowns while running for another in the first quarter.
B.J. Denker threw twice to Nate Phillips for touchdowns in the final quarter, but came up short on the final drive, throwing an interception on 4th and seven to Ishmael Adams of UCLA. Kadeem Carey took his 100-yard rushing game streak to 12, an Arizona record.
This was a loss for Arizona, but they proved that they are ready to challenge for a South title in the near future and it seems Rich Rod is having a lot more fun at Arizona than he did at Michigan.
UCLA stayed alive and control their own destiny in the South, but Washington, Arizona State and USC remain on the schedule. USC and ASU also control their own destiny in the race for the Pac-12 championship game.