Oct. 21, 2011
Head football coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media following Thursday's game.
To see his comments, click here.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP and Bruin athletics) - The Bruins (3-4, 2-2) couldn't withstand the emotion of a team playing under a new coach, and lost 48-12 to the Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on Thursday night in Arizona interim Head Coach Tim Kish's debut.
With nine days off since coach Mike Stoops was fired on Oct. 10, the Wildcats (2-5, 1-4 Pac-12) took the early lead and never looked back against the Bruins who struggled to get their running game going.
Arizona ran for 254 of its season-high 573 yards and Taimi Tutogi ran for a pair of TDs as the Wildcats built a 35-point halftime lead.
One of the nation's top 30 rushing teams coming into the contest, UCLA had 37 yards on 25 carries. Kevin Prince hit 17 of 35 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown.
The Bruins also lost a pair of fumbles in the first half which Arizona converted into touchdowns on the way to scoring on all six of their first-half drives.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was concerned about Arizona's passing game and rightly so after Foles had thrown for more than 2,200 yards and 15 touchdowns the first six games.
Foles did what he expected, hitting 26 of 39 passes while connecting with Criner on TD passes of 4, 7 and 25 yards in the first half.
Foles hit Criner on a 4-yard TD pass on the Wildcats' opening drive. Carey followed with a juking, dive-for-the-pylon score from 18 yards out.
Criner added his second touchdown by snatching the ball away from UCLA's Aaron Hester early in the second quarter. UCLA fumbled, Tutogi scored on a 1-yard dive, then Foles and Criner connected again, this time from 25 yards. Another Bruins fumble, another Tutogi touchdown run, this one from 8 yards out came just before halftime.UCLA returns home to face Cal on Sat. Oct. 29. The game will kickoff at 4 pm in the Rose Bowl and is part of Homecoming weekend.