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Bruins Run Past Arizona, 27-10

Nov 28, 2020
Demetric Felton produced a career high in rushing yards for the second game in a row, going for 206 yards on 32 carries with a touchdown.

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PASADENA, Calif. - Demetric Felton produced a career high in rushing yards for the second game in a row, going for 206 yards on 32 carries with a touchdown, as the Bruins defeated Arizona, 27-10, on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA improved to 2-2 with the victory, posting its fifth-straight home win against Arizona, which fell to 0-3 to start a season for the first time since 1969.

Felton became the first Bruin to rush for 200 yards in a game since Joshua Kelley (289) against USC in 2018. The Bruins had a season high in rushing yards for the fourth game in a row, toting the rock for 281 yards on 56 carries. Brittain Brown had 72 yards on 16 carries, adding a touchdown on both the rushing and receiving end. Chase Griffin completed 12-of-20 passes for 129 yards, getting the ball to Felton four times for 25 yards and Kyle Philips three times for 40 yards. Felton caught a pass for the 16th game in a row, while Philips extended his streak to 15.

After an eventful first three drives of the game that saw Arizona starting quarterback Grant Gunnell get knocked out of the contest, a UCLA turnover on downs and a Wildcat touchdown thanks to a short field, the Bruins tallied their first points on a 31-yard field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter.
 
The score remained 7-3 Arizona until UCLA took the lead for good thanks to a pair of scoring drives in the first 6:37 of the second quarter. Behind some impressive running by Felton, who had a touchdown called back due to a holding call, and Brown, it was a 16-yard pass from Griffin to Brown that put the Bruins up 10-7 with 11:58 left in the first half.
 
On the ensuing drive, the Bruins turned the Wildcats over on downs near midfield thanks to a 4th-and-1 stop by Carl Jones. Six plays later, UCLA found the end zone again thanks to a 23-yard reception by Greg Dulcich and 20 yards rushing from Felton, including a one-yard touchdown run to bring the Bruins' lead to 17-7 with 8:23 left. UCLA's final drive of an extremely successful second quarter started at its own seven and was heavy on the run, with nine rushes for a total of 71 yards. Barr-Mira's 30-yard field goal with 10 seconds left gave the Bruins a 20-7 advantage heading into halftime.

The Bruins' defense stiffened after the opening-drive, short-field touchdown by Arizona, limiting the Wildcats to a pair of field-goal attempts for the rest of the game, a successful try in the third quarter and an unsuccessful one on a botched snap in the fourth. 

UCLA put the final nail in the coffin late in the fourth. Ethan Fernea downed a Luke Akers punt at the one-yard line, and four plays later, Stephan Blaylock picked off Arizona backup quarterback Will Plummer, returning it to the Wildcat 30. Five plays later, Brown barreled into the end zone for a two-yard score to increase the lead to 27-10.

The Bruins will face their final road game of the regular season next weekend in Tempe, taking on Arizona State on Saturday, Dec. 5. Game time and TV network designation will be announced on Sunday.