NCAAF Game Recap - Arizona at UCLA
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

Ala
58
Tenn
21
F
OHSt
20
Purd
49
F
NCSt
7
Clem
41
F
MisSt
3
LSU
19
F
Mich
21
MSU
7
F
Okla
52
TCU
27
F
UCF
37
ECU
10
F
Oreg
20
WaSt
34
F
Vand
7
KY
14
F
Colo
13
Wash
27
F
PSU
33
Ind
28
F
MD
0
Iowa
23
F
Cin
17
Temp
24
F OT
UConn
30
SoFL
38
F
Ill
20
Wisc
49
F
GASt
35
ArkSt
51
F
Stan
20
AzSt
13
F
ColSt
28
Boise
56
F
AF
41
UNLV
35
F
Aub
31
Miss
16
F
Tuls
0
Ark
23
F
Buff
31
Toled
17
F
NW
18
Rut
15
F
MiaOH
30
Army
31
F(1OT)
UNC
37
Syr
40
F(1OT)
UVA
28
Duke
14
F
BGSU
14
Ohio
49
F
IdSt
41
Lib
48
F
UtSt
24
Wyo
16
F
FlAtl
7
Marsh
31
F
Char
13
MidTN
21
F
WestMI
35
C Mi
10
F
E Mi
42
Ball
20
F
ULLaf
17
App
27
F
SMU
27
Tul
23
F
Kans
16
TxTch
48
F
Minn
28
Neb
53
F
UTEP
24
LaTec
31
F
Hou
49
Navy
36
F
CoCar
24
UMass
13
F
Akr
24
Kent
23
F OT
Wake
17
FlaSt
38
F
Cal
49
OreSt
7
F
Mem
33
Mizzu
65
F
GaSo
48
NMSt
31
F
TxSt
14
ULMon
20
F
UTSA
17
SMiss
27
F
Fres
38
NM
7
F
OD
37
W Ky
34
F
NorTx
21
UAB
29
F
Rice
17
FLInt
36
F
USC
28
Utah
41
F
SJSU
13
SDSU
16
F
Ariz
30
UCLA
31
F
Nev
40
Hawaii
22
F

UCLA 31, Arizona 30

Oct 20, 2018, 10:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arizona (3-5)

0

7

13

10

30

UCLA (2-5)

7

10

7

7

31

Speight throws 2 touchdown passes to lead UCLA over Arizona
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:22 AM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Wilton Speight didn't know when he was going to receive another opportunity to play quarterback for UCLA, but when he did he wasn't going to let the opportunity slip away.

The graduate transfer got that chance during Saturday's game against Arizona when starter Dorian Thompson-Robinson was injured during the second quarter. Speight came in and threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Bruins held on for a 31-30 victory.

"It has been a long time but I am happy and relieved," said Speight, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 204 yards.

Speight transferred from Michigan, where he started 16 games over three seasons. He won UCLA's starting job but aggravated a back injury during the first half of the Sept. 1 opener against Cincinnati and was replaced by Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Thompson-Robinson, who was 5 of 8 for 103 yards and a touchdown, appeared to injure his arm while being sacked during the second quarter, which paved the way for Speight.

"I thought he was good. He hadn't played in a while, so there was a little rust there," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. "For him to come back in was good. In the fourth quarter he was on point. Once we kind of got settled with him I thought he did a really nice job."

Joshua Kelley - who had 136 yards on 31 carries - has rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games, becoming the first Bruins' running back to do that since Tyler Ebell had a six-game streak in 2002. Kelley's 28-yard touchdown with 11:33 remaining gave the Bruins (2-5, 2-2 Pac-12) the lead for good.

"Wilton was excellent. He is experienced and has always tried to stay ready," Kelley said.

Arizona's Rhett Rodriguez was 15 of 34 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first collegiate start while J.J. Taylor rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown. Shawn Poindexter had six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wildcats (3-5, 2-3) would have won the game if it wasn't for a pair of costly turnovers in the first half. Rodriguez was picked off by UCLA free safety Quentin Lake in the end zone to end the Wildcats' second drive.

In the second quarter, Taylor appeared to be going in for a 56-yard touchdown until Darnay Holmes forced a fumble at the UCLA 3 and recovered it in the end zone.

"The decision making in critical moments hurts in a game like this," Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. "When you are in these one-score games we have to close them out. Tonight was a situation where UCLA did it."

UCLA led 17-7 at halftime before Arizona scored 13 straight points. After Josh Pollack's 29-yard field goal brought the Wildcats within a touchdown, they tied it on their next possession on a Rodriguez 11-yard touchdown to Poindexter. Arizona took over on the UCLA 15 after Derek Boles' sacked Speight and recovered a fumble.

The Wildcats would take a 20-17 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Pollack before the Bruins would take it back when Speight threw a 25-yard touchdown to Demetric Felton.

Taylor's 1-yard TD early in the fourth quarter put Arizona back on top 27-24, but it lasted only 61 seconds before Kelley's score.

A Pollack 29-yard field goal with 6:28 remaining brought the Wildcats within a point, but UCLA would take over and run out the clock.

FAMILIAR CONNECTION

Speight's first touchdown pass, which came late in the second quarter and gave the Bruins a 17-7 lead, had a Michigan connection. It was a 24-yarder to Devin Asiasi, who also played there before transferring at the end of the 2016 season.

Speight threw Asiasi his first collegiate touchdown in a 2016 game against Penn State.

STARTING THINGS OFF

UCLA scored on its opening drive for the first time this season as Thompson-Robinson connected with Kazmeir Allen for a 16-yard touchdown. It marked the first time in 17 games, dating back to Sept. 9 of last season against Hawaii, that the Bruins had a touchdown on its first possession.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona: The Wildcats bounced back after last Friday's 42-10 loss at Utah, but this their third loss by five points or less this season. Sumlin repeated a familiar refrain from this season that the game was a learning experience for his young team.

UCLA: As crazy as it sounds, the Bruins all of a sudden find themselves as one of four teams with two losses in the Pac-12 South who have a shot at winning the division. Utah and USC are 3-2 while Colorado and UCLA are 2-2.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Hosts Oregon on Saturday.

UCLA: Has a short week as it hosts Utah on Friday.

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Passing

Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Rodriguez 34 15 44.1 2 231 38 2 62.3
UCLA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
W. Speight 27 17 63.0 2 204 25 0 110.7
D. Thompson-Robinson 8 5 62.5 1 103 58 0 145.8

Rushing

Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 19 154 8.1 55 1
G. Brightwell 15 121 8.1 72 0
UCLA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Kelley 31 136 4.4 28 1
D. Felton 3 18 6.0 14 0

Receiving

Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Poindexter 6 106 17.7 33 2
D. Cooper 2 51 25.5 31 0
UCLA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Howard 3 84 28.0 58 0
C. Wilson 6 82 13.7 20 0

Fumbles

Ariz F FL
J. Taylor 1 1
UCLA F FL
W. Speight 1 1

Returning

Ariz KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Taylor 3 15.3 0 20 0 - 0 0
S. Brown 0 - 0 0 3 7.0 0 21

Punting

Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Klumph 4 148 37.0 48
J. Glatting 1 36 36.0 36
UCLA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Flintoft 7 339 48.4 57

Takeaways

Ariz Int Yds InTD
D. Boles 0 0 0
UCLA Int Yds InTD
E. Gates 1 4 0
D. Holmes 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ariz UCLA
Points For 30 31
Total Yards 520 460
Rushing Yards 289 153
Passing Yards 231 307
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/34 22/35
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 3/1
First Downs 22 23
Penalties - Yards 6/64 12/103
Time Of Possession 18:18 42:42
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/15 8/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/37 7/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ariz UCLA
UCLA 5:09 TD Kazmeir Allen 16 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Ariz UCLA
UCLA 0:04 FG JJ Molson 40 yd FG 0 10
Ariz 8:22 TD Shawn Poindexter 13 yd pass from Rhett Rodriguez (Josh Pollack kick) 7 10
UCLA 13:26 TD Devin Asiasi 24 yd pass from Wilton Speight (JJ Molson kick) 7 17
3rd Quarter Ariz UCLA
Ariz 4:44 FG Josh Pollack 29 yd FG 10 17
Ariz 6:06 TD Shawn Poindexter 11 yd pass from Rhett Rodriguez (Josh Pollack kick) 17 17
Ariz 10:02 FG Josh Pollack 39 yd FG 20 17
UCLA 11:52 TD Demetric Felton 25 yd pass from Wilton Speight (JJ Molson kick) 20 24
4th Quarter Ariz UCLA
Ariz 2:26 TD J.J. Taylor 1 yd run (Josh Pollack kick) 27 24
UCLA 3:27 TD Joshua Kelley 28 yd run (JJ Molson kick) 27 31
Ariz 8:32 FG Josh Pollack 29 yd FG 30 31

Game Information

Stadium: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Attendance: 54,686
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