Arizona was looking to turn things around in Pasadena in hopes of ending a nine-game losing streak that dates back to last season.
Unfortunately, on the first play of the game, starting quarterback Grant Gunnell went down with a shoulder injury that would keep him out the rest of the game, and it was all downhill from there, leading to a 27-10 UCLA victory.
Arizona replaced Gunnell with true freshman quarterback Will Plummer who went 17-of-35 for 151 yards with two interceptions. He was also able to collect 49 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
With the loss Arizona continues the longest losing streak in program history with 11 straight losses. It is also the first time the Wildcats are 0-3 to start a season since 1969 when Bruce Weber was the head coach.
Arizona trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1969, Bob Weber's first season as head coach after the infamous Ultimatum Bowl (Sun Bowl) loss to Auburn in 1968 that led to Darrell Mudra's exit. The Wildcats, in disarray, started 1969 with an 0-4 record.
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Arizona is also in the midst of another horrendous streak, which is the defense’s inability to create a turnover. The Wildcats haven’t forced a turnover since Nov. 23 of last season against Utah.
Here’s from the postgame reaction from players Jamarye Joiner and Anthony Pandy talking about the current losing streak:
Here’s Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin talking about his teams performance and giving an update on Gunnell’s injury:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.