Scores

Final

Arizona 31

(3-1, 1-0 Pac-12)

UCLA 10

(1-2, 0-1 Pac-12)

3:11 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Rose Bowl, PASADENA, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ARIZ 3 14 0 1431
UCLA 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 222 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 20 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Thomas (ARIZ) - 4 REC, 115 YDS

Tuitama, Arizona dump UCLA in Pac-10 opener

Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. -- Willie Tuitama threw for 222 yards and connected with tight end Ron Gronkowski for a pair of touchdowns Saturday to lead Arizona to a 31-10 victory over UCLA in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

The Wildcats (3-1) bounced back from a 36-28 upset by New Mexico.

The Bruins (1-2), in their first season under coach Rick Neuheisel, were coming off a 59-0 defeat at BYU that was their worst loss in 79 years.

Arizona broke the game open with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Tuitama's second scoring pass to Gronkowski gave them a 24-10 pad with early in the period, then Xavier Smith added an 8-yard touchdown run with 6:48 remaining.

The Bruins' defense provided their lone touchdown on a 1-yard fumble return by Korey Bosworth in the first quarter.

The Wildcats' defense, meanwhile, held the Bruins to 196 total yards. Arizona's offense had 333.

Bruins quarterback Kevin Craft, the third-stringer pressed into duty by injuries, went 15-of-31 for just 81 yards in what was his third UCLA start.

Tuitama, who completed 16-of-29 with no interceptions, has long been a Bruins' nemesis.

The senior quarterback has keyed three victories over UCLA, with the Bruins' only win over the Wildcats during his career coming when they knocked him out of the 2006 game with concussion-like symptoms in their 27-7 victory.

The previous year, Tuitama was a freshman making just his second start when he threw for 204 yards and two scores as Arizona shocked the 8-0 and seventh-ranked Bruins 52-14. Last season, he passed for 341 yards and three TDs in the Wildcats' 34-27 win.

This time, Kai Forbath's 35-yard field goal pulled UCLA within 17-10 on the final play of the first half. The Bruins opted to kick on fourth-and-1 after the Wildcats went for it on fourth-and-1 at the UCLA 17 earlier in the quarter and Wildcats running back Nic Grigsby was piled up for no gain.

Grigsby had put Arizona up 17-7 when he scored on a 3-yard run with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter, a touchdown set up by Tuitama's 52-yard pass to Mike Thomas down to the UCLA 5.

Tuitama connected with Gronkowski in the right flat near the goal line and he ran it in for a 22-yard scoring play early in the second period.

The Bruins' defense gave them a short-lived lead in first quarter when Bosworth picked up Grigsby's fumble near the Arizona goal line and dived into the end zone.

The Wildcats' first score, a 41-yard field goal by Jason Bondzio, also came after a turnover, when UCLA's Terrence Austin fumbled a punt and Vuna Tuihalamaka recovered at the Arizona 47.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARIZ
UCLA
1st Downs1511
Total Yards333196
Passing22281
Rushing111115
Penalties4-246-32
3rd Down Conversions7-164-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers11
Possession29:0830:52

Passing Leaders

ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama16/292227.720
UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craft15/31812.600

Rushing Leaders

ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby20593.019
Smith7375.3112
UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Moline11726.5040
Coleman7243.409

Receiving Leaders

ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas411528.8052
Dean5357.0010
UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Austin5367.2015
Embree2126.007

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIZUCLA
FG09:21Jason Bondzio 41 Yd 30
TD03:41Korey Bosworth 1 Yd Fumble Return (Kai Forbath Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERARIZUCLA
TD13:11Rob Gronkowski 22 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 107
TD09:46Nicholas Grigsby 3 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 177
FG00:00Kai Forbath 35 Yd 1710
FOURTH QUARTERARIZUCLA
TD12:49Rob Gronkowski 4 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 2410
TD06:48Xavier Smith 8 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 3110