Grant Gunnell injured early as Arizona falls to UCLA for 10th straight loss


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Wildcat Tony Fields II (1) runs after UCLA wide receiver Jaylen Erwin (15) during the Arizona-UCLA game on September 28, 2019. The Wildcats defeated the Bruins 20-17.

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The Arizona Wildcats’ losing streak continued on Saturday, Nov. 28 as they lost their third game of the season to the UCLA Bruins by a score of 27-10. This was Arizona’s 10th straight loss dating back to Oct. 2019 and makes them winless throughout their first three games of the 2020 season.

On the first play of the game, quarterback Grant Gunnell was hit hard and fell on his shoulder, forcing him to exit the game. He did not return to the game as freshman Will Plummer took over the Wildcats for the rest of the game.

Plummer had a solid game on the ground, where he ran for 49 yards but struggled to throw the ball as he threw two interceptions and less than 200 yards. Despite the offense only scoring 10 points and a switch at quarterback mid-game, wide receiver Jamarye Joiner showed support for his new young QB.

“Just knowing he can extend plays more with his legs, we just have to help him out as a young quarterback,” Joiner said. “We work hard every week, day in and day out, and working hard as a team and not getting that result, we want. We are never down on ourselves; we are always ready for the big play to happen.”

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Arizona’s run defense continued to struggle against the Bruins tonight, giving up 281 total rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. They were missing tackles, and the Wildcats’ defensive line and linebackers had a tough time keeping up with UCLA running back Demetric Felton as he continued to tear up opposing defenses, running for 203 yards against the Wildcats.

The relying message throughout the locker room was frustration after another tough week on the practice field was not transferred to the field on game day.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed after the game that quarterback Grant Gunnell was ruled out right away following his shoulder injury and said they’ll “talk with the medical team tomorrow and throughout the week,” to further assess his injury.

“We have to come back and work, and we have to believe and have trust in each other,” Sumlin said. “The only way to climb out of this thing is to get to work and keep working. We have to find consistency and continue to work and believe. That belief cannot waiver, and that belief has to continue.”

Another tough loss for this struggling Arizona Wildcats football team as they only put 10 points on the board against the UCLA Bruins in this week’s game. The Wildcats have two more opportunities left in the season to end the losing streak and pick up their first win against Colorado at home next Saturday, Dec. 5, and conclude with hosting Arizona State on Dec. 11.

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