Arizona receiver Juron Criner finished with eight catches for 127 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown. Fox Sports Net announcer Petros Papadakis keeps saying that Juron Criner is the best receiver in the Pac-10 right now ... sounds about right.
Arizona’s 29-21 victory against UCLA was uncomfortably close in the fourth quarter, as the Bruins got the ball four times with a chance to take the lead or tie the game.
The Wildcats held on, with a big assist from a fake punt on fourth-and-3 from their 27-yard line with about six minutes left. Linebacker Jake Fischer took a short snap and went up the middle for 29 yards.
That didn’t lead to any points, but Arizona, holding a 26-21 lead, knocked more time off the clock and was able to establish advantageous field position.
Here is a look at the game in pictures. All photos by Kelvin Kuo, US-PRESSWIRE.
Arizona junior Keola Antolin rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries against UCLA, continuing his recent stretch of good performances. In this photo, Antolin runs away from UCLA free safety Rahim Moore.
Running back Nic Grigsby, tackled here by UCLA linebacker Sean Westgate, suffered what he called a high ankle sprain in the first half. He had five rushes for 31 yards and one reception for 11 yards.
UCLA wide receiver Josh Smith celebrates with offensive lineman Eddie Williams after catching a 49-yard touchdown pass.
Arizona cornerback Robert Golden stretches for a first-half interception on a pass intended for UCLA receiver Jerry Johnson.
Matt Scott hands off to Keola Antolin.
UCLA's Damian Thigpen eludes Arizona's R.J. Young on a 45-yard kick return that helped set up a UCLA touchdown in the first quarter.
Matt Scott made most of the right calls against UCLA, completing 24 of 36 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown. But he also lost a fumble at the Bruins 15, threw an interception in the end zone and struggled in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Stoops said after the game that Nick Foles will be the starter again as soon as he is completely recovered from a knee injury.
Sophomore running back Greg Nwoko stepped up after Nic Grigsby suffered an ankle injury, rushing nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona did a nice job stuffing Derrick Coleman and the UCLA running game. The Bruins, averaging 210 yards per game on the ground, rushed for only 71 yards.
Greg Nwoko was stopped just short of the goal line on this play, but he would score on a 1-yard run at the end of this third-quarter drive.
UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester picks off a pass intended for Juron Criner in the end zone.
Arizona safety Joseph Perkins broke up two passes, including this one that was intended for tight end Joseph Fauria.