No. 25 UCLA 66,No. 24 Arizona 10 PASADENA, Calif. — Johnathan Franklin had 162 yards in becoming UCLA's career rushing leader, redshirt...
No. 25 UCLA 66,No. 24 Arizona 10
PASADENA, Calif. — Johnathan Franklin had 162 yards in becoming UCLA’s career rushing leader, redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bruins overwhelmed Arizona to move into first place in the Pac-12 South.
Franklin, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior from Los Angeles, entered needing 21 yards to overtake Gaston Green, who gained 3,731 yards from 1984-87.
Franklin moved into the top spot with a 37-yard touchdown run on his third carry, capping a 75-yard, nine-play drive following the opening kickoff that put the Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) ahead for good.
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Franklin, who carried 24 times and scored twice, raised his career rushing total to 3,873 yards as the Bruins, off to their best start since 2005 under first-year coach Jim Mora, raced to a 42-3 halftime lead in snapping a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats (5-4, 2-4), who beat them 48-12 in Tucson last year.
The Bruins called a timeout after Franklin’s record-breaking run to allow teammates to congratulate him. The crowd of 81,673 at the Rose Bowl joined in the celebration. Franklin came into the game as the country’s seventh-leading rusher.
Hundley, who completed 16 straight passes at one stage, finished with 23 completions in 28 attempts without being intercepted.
The 66 points were the most scored by the Bruins since Oct. 4, 1997, when they beat Houston 66-10.
UCLA gained 371 of its 611 yards in the first half against a shaky Arizona defense, which came into the game ranked 110th out of 120 teams in total defense.
Arizona’s Matt Scott, was just 15 of 25 for 124 yards before being shaken up and leaving the game midway through the third quarter.
Ka’Deem Carey was held to 54 yards on 16 carries.