Wily Low, Associated Press
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, center, talks with his receivers Randall Carroll (1), Shaq Evans (19) and Josh Smith (7) and quarterback Brett Hundley (17) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Foles threw for 291 yards and connected with Juron Criner for three touchdown passes in the first half, helping Arizona overwhelm UCLA 48-12 Thursday night in its first game under interim coach Tim Kish.
With nine days off since coach Mike Stoops was fired on Oct. 10, the Wildcats (2-5, 1-4 Pac-12) looked unstoppable, getting surprising lifts from their running game and defense to end a five-game losing streak.
Arizona ran for 254 of its season-high 573 yards and Taimi Tutogi ran for a pair of TDs as the Wildcats built a 35-point halftime lead.
The Bruins (3-4, 2-2) couldn't withstand the emotion of a team playing under a new coach and may have put theirs in jeopardy with a lackluster effort. On the hot seat before the season started, Rick Neuheisel may have taken big blow with a loss that puts a serious dent in UCLA's bowl chances.