UCLA looks to recapture early spark against No. 7 Arizona

UCLA head coach Steve Alford is trying to get the Bruins back on track against No. 7 Arizona. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

UCLA head coach Steve Alford is trying to get the Bruins back on track against No. 7 Arizona. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion tonight to play what may be the most important game of the season: a 6 p.m. tipoff against No. 7 Arizona.

A win would help rejuvenate the Bruins after an ugly start to the new year. A loss would drop the team to its first 0-3 conference start since the 1981-82 season.

» Heading into its Pac-12 home opener, UCLA has been unable to play with consistent energy. “It’s hard to just turn it on and off,” said Isaac Hamilton.
» Jonah Bolden was once thought of as a potential one-and-done candidate. He hasn’t played that way yet through his first 14 appearances.
» From two years ago: A list of the top 10 games in the UCLA-Arizona rivalry.

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UCLA LB Kenny Young: Defense was ’embarrassing’ at Arizona

UCLA linebacker Kenny Young didn’t take much solace in the final score of the Bruins’ 56-30 win at Arizona on Saturday, focusing instead on the 353 yards they gave up on the ground.

“That’s embarrassing,” the sophomore said. “Look at how many yards we gave up. That’s embarrassing for me. That’s embarrassing to put on TV. … We missed 21 tackles. Come on, man. We’re supposed to be one of the top defenses, and we missed 21 tackles.”

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UCLA 56, Arizona 30: Quarterback Josh Rosen

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen talked about his performance in the No. 9 Bruins’ 56-30 win at Arizona, mostly shrugging off any suggestions that something clicked for him after throwing three interceptions against BYU.

“You just connect sometimes,” Rosen said. “Sometimes it comes off your finger a yard too hot. Sometimes it comes off well. Tonight, I thought we connected pretty well. A lot of little things make things seem like a big deal.”

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