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Arizona Wildcats report card: UA gets mostly Cs and Ds after latest 'L'

2012-11-04T00:22:00Z 2012-11-04T10:48:11Z Arizona Wildcats report card: UA gets mostly Cs and Ds after latest 'L'By Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

ARIZONA’S REPORT CARD

FINAL SCORE: No. 25 UCLA 66, No. 24 Arizona 10

Quarterback: C-. Matt Scott had his worst game of the season, completing 15 of 25 passes for 134 yards and rushing three times for four yards before being knocked from the game with an apparent head injury. Backups B.J. Denker (2 for 5, 12 yard) and Richard Morrison (2 carries, 6 yards, no pass attempts) were ineffective against an opportunistic Bruins defense.

Running back: C-. Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 54 yards and a score on 16 carries — decent numbers, but well below his season averages. Daniel Jenkins received seven garbage-time carries and gained 42 yards. Jared Baker played late, and gained eight yards on four carries.

Wide receivers: D+. With Arizona playing from behind all night, it was imperitive that the receivers step up. They didn’t: Austin Hill caught five passes for 57 yards, and Dan Buckner caught three passes for 22 yards. Nobody else had more than two grabs.

Offensive line: D+. Center Kyle Quinn returned after missing a month with an ankle injury. But as soon as Arizona’s starting line came back together, Chris Putton went down with an injury of his own. Arizona’s backs averaged 3 yards per carry, a season-low, and Scott took the devastating sack. It wasn’t the line’s — or the offense’s — best day.

Front-six: D. UCLA gained 611 yards, and almost exactly half — 308 — came on the ground. Johnathan Franklin gained 162 yards on 24 carries, scored two touchdowns and passed Gaston Green as the Bruins’ all-time leading rusher. Backups Steven Manfro, Jordon James and Melvin Emesibe combined to gain 106 yards and score a touchdown against a defensive front that couldn’t stop anybody.

Back-five: D. Arizona’s secondary didn’t fare any better. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 23 of 28 passes for 288 three touchdowns in one of his best games as a collegian. The Bruins seemed to pick on UA cornerback Shaquille Richardson; he gave up two of the Bruins’ three passing scores.

Special teams: C+. Another night, another mixed bag for the Wildcats’ most schizophrenic position group. Kyle Dugandzic shanked a punt that led to a first-quarter UCLA touchdown, but finished with a respectable 42.3 yards per punt average on seven boots. John Bonano connected one a PAT and field goal. Richard Morrison fumbled a punt return, and Arizona’s kickoff return and coverage teams were average at best.

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