Bruin Second-Half Comeback Comes Up Just Short, 29-21
Oct. 30, 2010
PASADENA, Calif. - Backup quarterback Richard Brehaut threw two long touchdowns in the second half as the UCLA Bruins rallied to within five points of No. 15 Arizona before losing, 29-21.
Brehaut, making only the third start of his career and the first since Kevin Prince's season-ending surgery, completed 13 of 27 passes for a career-high 228 yards and two touchdowns.
UCLA played without starting quarterback Kevin Prince, who underwent season-ending knee surgery Oct. 23, and standout linebacker Patrick Larimore, sidelined with an injured left shoulder. The Bruins were also without wide receiver Ricky Marvray and offensive tackle Sean Sheller, a pair of starters serving one-game suspensions for violating team rules.
During the game, UCLA lost kick returner/F-back Damien Thigpen (fractured right clavicle), starting middle linebacker Steve Sloan (left hamstring strain) and starting wide receiver Jerry Johnson (left ankle fracture).
Trailing 19-7 at halftime, UCLA trimmed Arizona's lead to 19-14 on the fourth play of the third quarter on a 68-yard completion from Brehaut to Randall Carroll - the Bruins' longest touchdown pass since 2007.
But the Wildcats responded with an 80-yard drive capped by Greg Nwoko's 1-yard run.
Neither team threatened again until Brehaut's 49-yard pass to Josh Smith on a flea flicker with 14:24 remaining capped an 86-yard drive and moved UCLA within five points. There wasn't a defender within 10 yards of Smith when he made the reception and trotted into the end zone as the Rose Bowl crowd of 53,408 roared its approval.
UCLA reached the Arizona 34 with 9 1/2 minutes to play, but Smith lost 9 yards on a flanker reverse and the Bruins were forced to punt. The Bruins got the ball with 3:14 remaining at their 20 after a punt, but turned the ball over on downs, putting the Wildcats in position for Alex Zendejas' 30-yard field goal with 1:18 left.
The Bruins reached their 46 before Brehaut fumbled while being sacked to end UCLA's final threat.
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