Arizona wins third straight against ranked opponent with 27-10 win over UCLA
Arizona will be going bowling in 2023.
For the first time since 2017, the Wildcats will play in the college football postseason. The UA secured its sixth win of the season Saturday night by beating No. 19 UCLA at Arizona Stadium 27-10. It marked Arizona’s third consecutive win over a ranked opponent this season.
The Wildcats outgained UCLA 429-271 in the win. They dominated the football while quarterback Noah Fifita turned in another outstanding performance.
The second-year man started his fifth consecutive game and completed 25 of his 32 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Fifita was picked off on Arizona’s first possession of the game, be he responded wonderfully to the mistake.
Arizona marched 76 yards in 11 plays on its next drive to score the first points of the game and take an early 7-0 lead. Two drives later, Fifita led a seven-play, 61-yard touchdown drive.
Like in last week’s win over Oregon State, Arizona turned to a ball-control offense and limited the number of possessions. UCLA got just nine total drives in the game. It had two possessions in the first quarter that spanned nearly 10 minutes of game clock between them and ended with zero points.
The Wildcats had drives of 5:10, 5:42, and 6:45. When they needed to hit quick, they did. But they ground the game to a halt and forced UCLA to do the same on the other side.
Explosive plays were nowhere to be found. UCLA ran 62 plays and posted a 9.7% explosive play rate. The Bruins hit just one pass of more than 20 yards all game and did not register a single run longer than 20 yards.
Ethan Garbers completed 13 of his 21 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Dante Moore completed 4-of-7 for 14 yards. Collin Schlee threw incomplete on all five of his pass attempts.
Arizona generated three sacks and held UCLA’s top two running backs, Carson Steele and TJ Harden, to 68 yards on 17 carries.
The Wildcats now sit at 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Arizona will face a Colorado team on the road next week that has lost three straight and five of six in conference play.
UCLA will return to the Rose Bowl to host Arizona State.