PASADENA—Arizona upset the No. 9 UCLA Bruins 34-28, on Saturday, November 12, at the Rose Bowl. Bruins Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson missed a wide-open Jake Bobo in the end zone of the final play. The defeat puts UCLA’S hopes of appearing in the PAC-12 Championship in danger.
The Wildcats pounced on UCLA jumping out to an early 14-0 lead behind quarterback Jayden de Laura. His three touchdowns including the go-ahead 17 yard TD pass on 4th down in the fourth quarter propelled Arizona to their first victory against a top 25 opponent this season.
“We ran into a good quarterback. He extended plays like no one we played this year, the plays he made running around were the difference in the game,” said UCLA Head Coach Chip Kelly.
UCLA falls to (8-2) on the season as their path to the PAC-12 title game is more arduous, requiring a victory Saturday against their biggest foe, the USC Trojans. Should the Bruins ring the Victory Bell for a second straight season, Oregon must defeat Utah in order for UCLA to play in the PAC-12 Championship. In addition, UCLA must prevail against Cal at Berkeley which is never an easy task.
Zach Charbonnet had 181 yards on the ground, culminating in a five-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins a 28-24 edge in the fourth quarter.
UCLA tight end Hudson Habermehl made the highlight reel when he caught a pass from DTR, displaying both strength and balance to break two tackles for a 51-yard touchdown reception.
Arizona Head Coach Jedd Fisch, who previously served as the Bruins offensive coordinator in 2017. Angry and distraught Bruins fans we’re quick to blame UCLA for looking too far ahead to their upcoming crosstown showdown, but that’s not giving enough credit to Arizona who earned the victory.
Ever since the loss to Oregon, UCLA’s defense regressed as the secondary seems confused and mystified. The pass attack which was pivotal to the Bruins defense onslaught has disappeared.
On November 19, the Bruins host the No. 7 USC Trojans. Last year, the Bruins crushed the Trojans 62-33 at the Coliseum. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. USC is still in contention for a National Title, so the intensity will be at a fever pitch.