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Homecoming rout keeps UA winless in conference play

SAUL LOEB/Arizona Daily Wildcat
UCLA receiver Craig Bragg runs by Arizona's David Hinton (2) and Clay Hardt (33) for a touchdown early in the third quarter of UCLA's 37-7 win over the Wildcats on Saturday night.
By Charles Renning
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday November 12, 2002

You could see it in senior receiver Bobby Wade's eyes. You could tell by the sound of the usually upbeat voice of senior quarterback Jason Johnson. You knew it by the sight of junior safety Clay Hardt hunched over in the corner of the locker room, head down, with his long hair covering his face.

This one hurt.

"Our guys have taken this loss the hardest of any game this year," head coach John Mackovic said. "There is no question that this one hurt the most."

The Wildcats (3-7 overall, 0-6 Pac-10) dropped their sixth-straight Pacific 10 Conference game, 37-7, in a lackluster performance against UCLA. This was Arizona's 10th consecutive home Pac-10 loss and the 17th out of the last 19 games that the Wildcats have lost in the conference. Arizona remains the only team in the Pac-10 without a conference win.

The lone Arizona highlight came midway through the second quarter when freshman quarterback Nic Costa eluded two would-be tacklers in the end zone and found junior receiver Andrae Thurman for a 92-yard touchdown. Without that play, the Wildcats would have little to be happy about.

With all of the negatives that came out of the loss to UCLA, the Wildcats are still keeping things in perspective.

"It's no tougher than what we make it," said Wade of the Wildcats' struggles. "It's still football. It's hard for us as players to keep our heads up, but the reality is that we have to."

The Wildcats are working hard in an attempt to get their first conference victory of the season against California next weekend.

"(The coaches) will do everything we can in practice to get ready for next week," Mackovic said. "I'm counting on (the players) to do the same and they have done that all year."

Sophomore linebacker Kirk Johnson hurt his knee in the Wildcats' loss to UCLA and he is listed as doubtful for next weekend's game.

A few other players got banged up in the loss. Wade, Johnson, and senior linebacker Lance Briggs were all suffering from different injuries and will miss some practice time. However, Mackovic said that all three should be fine for the trip to Cal.

Junior cornerback Michael Jolivette, who was suspended for the game Saturday against UCLA for missing a meeting, was listed as "highly questionable" for next weekend's game against Cal after receiving from an ACL injury.

"He not coming a long as fast as we thought," Mackovic said. "He's just not ready."

Freshman halfback Gainus Scott returned to action for the first time in six games after breaking his ankle. He showed signs of good things to come in the rushing game. Scott had 32 yards on eight carries, but was most impressive on his 15 yard run in the first quarter. He made a clean cut against the defense and was able to pick up good yardage.

"Gainus gave a little spark to us," Mackovic said. "He gave us a little boost. We haven't had that in a while."

Signs that things are going badly part two·

Arizona has been out-rushed in Pac-10 play by more than a 20-to-1 margin. The Wildcats have only 48 rushing yards in six conference games as opposed to their opponents 1,029 · The Wildcats are ranked 117th in the NCAA in rushing yards and they are ranked 116th in passes intercepted, with three · Both freshman Darrell Brooks and junior Clay Hardt posted career highs in tackles against UCLA. Brooks led the team with 10, while Hardt contributed eight · Arizona has scored only 13 points in the forth quarter all season. UA scored a touchdown against Washington and added field goals against both Wisconsin and NAU · With only 11 sacks in their Pac-10 games, the Wildcats are last in that category. They were held without a sack the entire game against UCLA · The Wildcats had their lowest first down output of the year against the Bruins with only nine in the game.


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