More seen and heard from Arizona Stadium
Trip — and kick and a punch — down memory lane
Just as Arizona entered Saturday’s matchup with UCLA with blood boiling after a 66-10 loss at the Rose Bowl last year, the Bruins entered the 2012 showdown just as salty.
In UCLA’s last visit to Tucson, the Wildcats handed the Bruins a 48-12 loss in a game that included a massive mid-field brawl just before halftime.
The fight resulted in 10 suspensions – six for UCLA, four for UA – after players on both sides kicked, punched and took swings at each other.
UCLA receivers Taylor Embree, Shaquelle Evans, Randall Carroll and Ricky Marvray were suspended one game, defensive tackle Cassius Marsh received a two-game suspension and guard Alberto Cid received a half-game suspension. Arizona defensive back Shaquille Richardson, a onetime UCLA commit who was kicked off the team before his freshman season, received a one-game suspension. So, too, did Wildcats defensive back Jourdon Grandon; defensive backs Lyle Brown and Mark Watley received half-game suspensions.
The big number
Saturday’s attendance, the largest against a foe other than ASU at Arizona Stadium since 2011, when the UA drew 56,096 for a home game against Oregon
The Arizona Stadium crowd erupted in applause when the image of former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles was flashed on the video screen.
All Foles did was tie an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a win over Oakland last Sunday.
Arizona’s latest uniform combo – blue helmet, red jersey, blue pants — is nothing new, but it’s been friendly to the Wildcats over the years.
It’s the second time in the Rich Rodriguez era that the combination has been used. Last year, Arizona wore the combo in a 59-38 upset of No. 19 Oklahoma State.
In eight seasons with Mike Stoops at the helm, Arizona was 4-4 with the blue-red-blue combination.
The jersey combo’s signature win, though, came back in 2005 against — you guessed it — UCLA. The Wildcats shellacked the No. 7 Bruins 52-14.
Good start for Mora
UCLA entered the game at 7-0 under coach Jim Mora against Pac-12 South opponents, a marked improvement over Rick Neuheisel’s crew, which struggled mightily against conference foes.
UCLA has recently made it a point of emphasis to dip into the sometime-fertile recruiting waters of the Grand Canyon State. The Bruins have five players on their roster from Arizona, including four freshmen and one very important sophomore, quarterback Brett Hundley. UCLA also sports Hundley’s Chandler High School teammate, redshirt freshman running back Paul Perkins, freshman wide receiver Jalen Ortiz, freshman defensive back Priest Willis and freshman long-snapper Reed Buce.
The Wildcats cross the border a bit more often.
Arizona has 48 players from California on its roster.
The big number:
Hundley accounted for 130 yards of offense in the first quarter against the Wildcats on Saturday. His totals included a 66-yard touchdown pass, a 17-yard run and a 15-yard touchdown run.