Finding themselves down 42-3 at halftime, the Arizona Wildcats (5-4) thought the bad night had already been dealt to them. But the second half made that seem like hardly the worry in a 66-10 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Pasadena, Calif.
Matt Scott was injured with six minutes to play in the third quarter, taking a hit and walking off dazed with a second concussion scare in two weeks. The Colorado game all of a sudden seemed not so much a sure thing.
Then came a report from the Arizona Daily Star that McKale Center had a fire alarm sounding and smoke detected.
Worse was to come. Linebacker Hank Hobson left the game after collapsing on the field with little contact. Early in the fourth quarter, Hobson's right arm appeared to go limp before he fell to the turf and lay immobilized before being carted off by an ambulance.
There was no immediate word on what type of injury Hobson had sustained.
The game at hand was bad; though perspective didn't make it as bad as the two injuries to Wildcats in the second half.
Scott only went 15-of-25 for 124 yards. Ka'Deem Carey took 16 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown before being pulled right after Scott left for the locker room.
The game was so dominated by UCLA that there's little description needed to tell the entire tale. UCLA scored first by the run game, quickly getting on the board on a 37-yard touchdown jaunt by Johnathan Franklin, a fitting play to give the senior running back the all-time record in rushing yards for the Bruins.
Arizona looked sloppy. Scott wasn't sharp, and the defense couldn't wrap up nor get penetration into the UCLA backfield. On a night when UCLA's coaching staff wore war paint as a motivational tactic, the Wildcats looked flat as can be, a hangover affect from the win against USC.
Franklin finished with 162 yards on 26 carries. He had two touchdowns. Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley of Chandler, Ariz., went 23-for-28 with 288 yards through the air and three touchdowns.
Arizona turned the ball over three times. They committed 15 penalties for 123 yards. The Bruins rolled up 612 total yards to just 258 by the Wildcats.
Richard Morrison -- he who muffed a punt early in the game that didn't help the poor momentum -- was the third UA quarterback to take the field, but bobbled a snap and hand off to turn the ball over with about four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats take on Colorado for homecoming next week -- a luck of scheduling with the potential lack of Arizona's starting quarterback. But now, we await word on the extend of Hobson's injury.
McKale Center fire
McKale Center's reported fire was apparently in the equipment room, and UA athletic director Greg Byrne told Patrick Finley that it had been contained.
"There was a fire in the (McKale Center) equipment room," #ArizonaWildcats AD Greg Byrne told me. "We believe it’s been contained."— patrick finley (@patrickfinley) November 4, 2012
Update: Tucson Fire tells us the fire at UA's McKale Center is now out. The cause is still under investigation.... fb.me/1Xr4PATzI— Paige Hansen (@PAIGEreports) November 4, 2012