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UCLA’s playoff hopes were dashed after the late-night loss to Arizona

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Arizona working again Michael Wiley, proper, defends UCLA defensive again Stephan Blaylock on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Pasadena, California (AP Picture/Mark J. Terrill)

It was a nasty day for the Pac-12 contenders.

Saturday kicked off with three groups within the convention having just one lack of the season and all with a minimum of one away likelihood within the School Soccer Playoff.

On the finish of the day, two of these groups noticed their playoff hopes go down the drain.

On the. 12 UCLA dropped 34-28 to Arizona in a giant late-night upset on the Rose Bowl. It was maybe an much more stunning end result than sixth Oregon’s 37-34 loss to twenty fifth Washington earlier within the day.

Each UCLA (8-2) and Oregon (8-2) now have two losses and can now not be thought-about within the playoff scene.

This leaves No. 8 USC (9-1) as the one convention playoff with two weeks left within the common season.

The Bruins might be left questioning what may have occurred after Saturday’s brutal defeat to a Wildcats staff that had just one Pac-12 victory to go.

Arizona was lifted by the heroics of Laura’s quarterback Jayden, who was working round, maintaining the performs alive and making massive pictures all night time.

He threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns whereas additionally speeding to attain. His 17-yard landing move to Tetairoa McMillan on 4th down with 6:34 to play turned out to be the distinction.

He capped off a wild two-play streak that began with a third and 18th, by which de Laura was practically fired for a serious loss earlier than evading the defenders and speeding for 14 yards to arrange a manageable 4th down.

Arizona later added a discipline aim to increase the lead, leaving UCLA with a last-minute bid to try victory within the closing minute. Arrived at Arizona 28 earlier than Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s 4th move was incomplete within the closing play of the sport.

The Bruins’ usually potent offense was stored effectively under their season scoring common of 40.8 factors per sport due to their incapacity to complete performs. A missed fumble and a missed discipline aim regarded massive.

Most of UCLA’s offense got here from working again Zach Charbonnet, who racked up 181 yards and three touchdowns in 24 carries. He additionally had 9 receptions for 38 yards.

Whereas UCLA really edged Arizona 465-437, the Bruins had 6.1 much less environment friendly yards per play to the Wildcats’ 6.7.

Merely put, Arizona made the larger performs in essential conditions. And the tip result’s simply the largest win of the Jedd Fisch period in his second 12 months answerable for the present.

He inherited a serious rebuild venture in Tucson and endured a 1-11 season final 12 months. Now 4-6, his Wildcats nonetheless have hopes of turning into eligible for the bowl if they will beat Washington State and Arizona State of their final two video games.

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