“They ran the same play before and I didn’t get a good jump. On the interception I looked at the wing, and I had a feeling he would throw it my way. When I was running to the end zone, all I was thinking that it was a long ways away. I was just praying I could get there.” — 1990 Jim Thorpe Award winner Darryll Lewis, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, after returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in Arizona’s 28-21 win at UCLA in 1990.
It was Lewis’ fifth interception of the season. A senior cornerback, he entered the game sharing the national lead in interceptions with four.
“I saw number four (Lewis), but the ball fluttered on me a little bit,” UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox told the Times. “It was a ball that shouldn’t have been thrown. It cost the game for us.”
The win enabled the Wildcats to sweep USC and UCLA in the same season for the first time. The Wildcats also accomplished the feat in 1999 and 2009. This year’s team will try to join those teams when the UA faces UCLA tomorrow night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Lewis’ interception is at the 1:05 mark of the following video, which was produced by Jay Gonzales, a former Arizona Daily Star sports reporter.
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