It's halftime. Yeeehawww--that was fun!
Some quick stats:
UCLA defense allowed 284 yards but also forced 3 turnovers. If this is "bend-but-don't-break"--I'll take it!
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The Arizona Wildcats jumped out the gates with an impressive 75 yard march down the field for a touchdown. UCLA fires right back in 5 plays working with a short field thanks to a nice return by Devin Fuller. This had all the makings of a shootout. Then Arizona started making all sorts of mistakes. A fumble, high snaps by their center, another fumble while UCLA ran their stable of running backs, mostly Paul Perkins, to 28 consecutive points. It was a pleasure to see the Bruins capitalize on all of their opportunities.
After QB Anu Solomon goes out of the game with a possible concussion, their backup QB Jerrad Randall goes burns the wide open middle of the UCLA defense for a 39 yard touchdown to stop the Arizona bleeding. Hopefully Coach Scrap can make some half-time adjustments to stop these plays in the second half.
Arizona QB Anu Solomon went into the locker room to be examined for a concussion. Hope he's ok, I hate injuries!
UCLA answers with a 10 play drive filled mostly with running by Starks, and a few timely slants, who runs in a TD from the 6 yard line. The good guys are up 35-14 at this point.
Arizona drives into the UCLA 30 yard line but on 3rd and 10 UCLA CB Ishmael Adams says "hello" to the season as he pulls in an interception. A big play by Rosen to Payton brings the Bruins into the redzone and Paul Perkins runs in his third touchdown of the first half!
The UCLA defense continues to give big chunks of yards to Arizona with some sloppy tackling as the Wildcats mark into the red zone with a little under 1:30 left in the first half. But the DLine steps up and the tackling is solid (Jayon Brown I think) and forces a 4th and 7 from the UCLA 12 yard line. Down 28 points, the Wildcats elect to try the 29 field goal but it goes wide right. Fitting end to the first half by Arizona.
What a great start to the game for UCLA Bruins fans, let's hope the second half is even better!