UCLA jumps seven spots to No. 18 in Associated Press poll

Quarterback Brett Hundley celebrates UCLA's 17-7 win over Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Rose Bowl. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Quarterback Brett Hundley celebrates UCLA’s 17-7 win over Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Rose Bowl. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

All the hype surrounding UCLA football dissipated a month ago, but the Bruins are quietly making sure they stay on the national consciousness.

The Bruins moved up seven spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll after holding offoff Arizona in 17-7 win — one that never felt in danger in the final minutes due to a strong defensive performance. It was their largest jump in the poll this season, as well as the largest of any team this week.

UCLA still has little room for error in a tight Pac-12 South race. Even if the Bruins win out against Washington, USC and Stanford, it needs one-loss Arizona State to drop one more game. The Sun Devils remaining conference schedule consists of Oregon State and Washington State — two of the Pac-12′s worst teams — as well as their rival Wildcats.

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UCLA relies on defense in close win over No. 14 Arizona

UCLA’s defense swallows up Arizona receiver Austin Hill in a 17-7 win at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 1, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

» UCLA’s defense put together its best showing yet in a 17-7 win over No. 14 Arizona. The Bruins will need more of that to stay in the Pac-12 South race.
» What was billed as a shootout turned into a gritty game, one that saw quarterback Brett Hundley run the ball 24 times.
» Notebook on Paul Perkins joining the 1,000-yard club, the Bruins’ first red-zone miss, and bowl representatives.

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UCLA 17, Arizona 7: Head coach Jim Mora

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked about the Bruins’ 17-7 win over No. 14 Arizona, one that kept his team alive in the Pac-12 South race.

“We are 7-2 and it has not been easy,” he said. “They keep fighting. That’s what we’re supposed to do, but not everybody does it.”

He addressed UCLA’s penalties (11 flags, 118 lost yards), quarterback Brett Hundley’s play, and the defense’s resurgent performance.

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Paul Perkins joins UCLA’s 1,000-yard single season rushing club

On just his second carry Saturday night, Paul Perkins became UCLA’s latest 1,000-yard rusher.

The redshirt sophomore entered the Bruins’ game against No. 14 Arizona needing four more yards to hit quadruple digits on the season. On his first touch, he cut upfield for three yards. On his second, another three.

He is the 13th UCLA player to ever run for 1,000 yards in one season, and the latest since Johnathan Franklin did so in 2012 with a single-season record of 1,734. Franklin, the program’s all-time leading rusher, also crossed 1,000 as a sophomore in 2010.

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