NCAAF Game Recap - UCLA at Arizona
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Arizona 20, UCLA 17

Sep 28, 2019, 10:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

UCLA (1-4)

7

0

10

0

17

Arizona (3-1)

0

6

7

7

20

Arizona holds on to beat UCLA 20-17 behind Gunnell
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:58 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona played without its starting quarterback and its most productive running back, a combination that would have likely led to disaster last season.

This year's Wildcats have a different kind of swagger to them.

Back-up quarterback, multiple running backs having to carry the load, young players in key positions - doesn't matter to them.

Grant Gunnell threw for 352 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and Arizona held on to beat UCLA 20-17 Saturday night after JJ Molson missed a 39-yard field goal in the closing seconds.

"These guys are learning on the run, they're growing up," Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. "To play in the last two games the way they've played down the stretch, for a young football team (it's big)"

Arizona (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) played without its two best offensive players with quarterback Khalil Tate and running back J.J. Taylor out due to leg injuries.

Gunnell had seen spot action earlier this season, but was making his first collegiate start. The freshman played like he had been the starter all along, keeping his poise while completing 29 of 44 passes.

"I have full confidence in Grant," Arizona linebacker Tony Fields said. "He deals with us in practice every day and somehow, some finds a way to make plays like he did tonight."

UCLA (1-4, 1-1) pulled off an epic comeback last week, rallying from 35 points down to beat Washington State. The Bruins needed another, not-so-monumental comeback after Gary Brightwell scored on a 10-yard run to put Arizona up 20-17.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson led the comeback against the Cougars, but left late in the third quarter after Arizona defensive end Jalen Harris fell on his left leg from behind.

His replacement, sophomore Austin Burton, had a chance when UCLA forced a punt and got the ball at its 9-yard line with 2:52 left.

Burton worked the Bruins down the field quickly to Arizona's 21-yard line, but Molson pushed his field goal attempt wide right with 34 seconds left.

"He's made a lot of big kicks for us," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. "It's unfortunate it comes down to a kick at the end of the game. There's a lot of other plays you could make where it doesn't come down to a kick."

UCLA saved its season and potentially Kelly's job last week with its 67-63 comeback win over then-No. 19 Washington State.

Thompson-Robinson had a school-record 564 yards of offense while accounting for seven touchdowns and looked like he was going to slice right through Arizona's defense as well.

UCLA went 85 yards - 40 on Thompson-Robinson runs - in 12 plays on its opening drive and scored on Matt Lynch's 2-yard touchdown catch.

The Bruins sputtered after that, managing 100 yards the rest of the half.

Arizona was a little better at moving the ball - well, until it got to the red zone. The Wildcats crossed UCLA's 20-yard line three times in the first half and stalled each time, settling for two Lucas Havrisik field goals and another he missed.

Arizona didn't take long to get going in the second half, scoring on its first play when Darrius Smith took advantage of a breakdown in coverage by UCLA and streaked along the sideline alone for a 75-yard touchdown.

"You rush three, drop eight into zone and they throw the ball over your head," Kelly said. "That's a bit of a backbreaker."

UCLA answered after Thompson-Robinson went down, scoring on a 3-yard run by Joshua Kelly after he broke off a 36-yard run to put UCLA up 17-13. Arizona again had its own answer, scoring on Brightwell's run and surviving the potential game-tying kick.

THE TAKEAWAY

UCLA lost its starting quarterback and another chance at a comeback victory when Molson missed his kick.

Arizona pulled out a gritty win without two of its best players and may be hitting its stride after a disappointing season-opening loss to Hawaii.

REVERSED TD

Arizona appeared to have a game-clinching touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Brian Casteel caught a screen pass, broke a couple of tackles and raced into the end zone.

One problem: His knee was down when he caught Gunnell's pass.

So instead of a 42-yard score, Arizona took a two-yard loss and ended up punting the ball away after failing on a third-down try.

UP NEXT

UCLA hosts Oregon State next Saturday.

Arizona plays at Colorado next Saturday.

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Passing

UCLA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Thompson-Robinson 33 17 51.5 1 180 25 1 65.2
A. Burton 9 5 55.6 0 48 21 0 70.6
Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
G. Gunnell 44 29 65.9 1 352 75 0 97.9

Rushing

UCLA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Kelley 27 127 4.7 36 1
D. Thompson-Robinson 9 63 7.0 26 0
Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Smith 6 35 5.8 16 0
G. Brightwell 7 33 4.7 17 1

Receiving

UCLA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Philips 6 63 10.5 25 0
J. Erwin 7 63 9.0 13 0
Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Smith 5 99 19.8 75 1
B. Casteel 7 44 6.3 17 0

Fumbles

Returning

UCLA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Philips 0 - 0 0 2 5.5 0 7

Punting

UCLA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Lees 4 170 42.5 45
Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Aragon 5 237 47.4 70

Takeaways

Ariz Int Yds InTD
L. Burns 1 12 0

Team Stats Comparison

UCLA Ariz
Points For 17 20
Total Yards 445 451
Rushing Yards 217 99
Passing Yards 228 352
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/42 29/44
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 25 21
Penalties - Yards 5/40 10/74
Time Of Possession 56:56 4:04
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/17 6/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/42 5/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UCLA Ariz
UCLA 6:27 TD Matt Lynch 2 yd pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson (JJ Molson kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter UCLA Ariz
Ariz 7:00 FG Lucas Havrisik 40 yd FG 7 3
Ariz 11:46 FG Lucas Havrisik 41 yd FG 7 6
3rd Quarter UCLA Ariz
UCLA 6:32 FG JJ Molson 37 yd FG 10 6
Ariz 6:43 TD Darrius Smith 75 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 10 13
UCLA 14:58 TD Joshua Kelley 3 yd run (JJ Molson kick) 17 13
4th Quarter UCLA Ariz
Ariz 4:09 TD Gary Brightwell 10 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 17 20

Game Information

Stadium: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 38,283
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