The Arizona Wildcats avoided a scare at the Rose Bowl against the UCLA Bruins today. After the Bruins cut the lead to five, Arizona answered behind a strong performance from backup quarterback Matt Scott and held off the Bruins, 29-21. Scott, seeing extensive action in a third straight game in place of injured Nick Foles, put on a show through the air, throwing for 320 yards and one touchdown against one interception.
The Bruins closed the gap in the third quarter with a big play when backup quarterback Richard Brehaut hit Randall Carroll for 68 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Coleman led Bruins in the run game, rushing for 42 yards and a touchdown. Against a stout Arizona defense, UCLA used trick plays to make some headway, but couldn't quite get over the hump in the end. A fourth quarter strike from Brehaut to Josh Smith on a trick play brought the Bruins within five before Arizona kicked a field goal to give us the final margin.
Arizona improves to 7-1 while UCLA falls to 3-5.