Notes and quotes: UCLA holds off Arizona in big division win

First, the stories that appear in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Daily News:
– UCLA breaks its four-game losing streak in Tucson with a superlative two-way effort from freshman Myles Jack.
– Columnist Vinny Bonsignore, with a look at quarterback Brett Hundley’s performance.

More notes and quotes from the wild 31-26 win at Arizona Stadium, which kept the Bruins in control of their own postseason destiny:

– A lot has been and will be written about Jack, so for now, let’s stick with a roundup of comments from coaches and teammates.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez had high praise too: “The guy is a great athlete, a great player. He’ll be a first-round pick as a linebacker. We tried to recruit him as a running back.” Continue reading

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UCLA 31, Arizona 26: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone


UCLA has used as many as five true freshmen on offense at once this season, which hasn’t made it easy on offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s pysche.

“The only thing more stressful to me than during a game, watching all my 18 year olds running around, is when I sent my beautiful 18-year-old daughter to college by herself,” he said. “That’s the only thing that was more stressful.”

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UCLA 31, Arizona 26: Defensive end Keenan Graham


Defensive end Keenan Graham was often used as a blocker in the “PAC” formation that featured freshman linebacker Myles Jack at tailback. The senior said the look, which offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone came up with this week, flustered Arizona’s defense.

“I was looking at the faces of the defensive players,” Graham said. “Some of them didn’t know what was going on. They didn’t know what to check to. They were overwhelmed.”

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At a glance: No. 16 UCLA at Arizona

No. 16 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) vs. Arizona (6-2, 3-2)
Location:
Arizona Stadium, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor)
Radio: 570 AM (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)

Last meeting: UCLA crushed Arizona 66-10, the most lopsided win in the all-time series. Running back Johnathan Franklin set the school’s career rushing mark with a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and he Bruins’ led 42-3 at the half.

Key storylines: The Bruins haven’t won in Tucson since 2003, when they rallied back from an 11-point halftime deficit to win 24-21. Also, this happened the last time they went to the Zona Zoo. Continue reading

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