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Social media reactions of Arizona Wildcats’ 69-7 loss at Washington State


It was one of those days to forget with Arizona allowing the most points to an opponent in its Pac-10/12 existence. In fact, you have to go back to 1949, when Michigan State drubbed Arizona 75-0 in Tucson, for an opponent to score more than what Washington State posted in a 69-7 win at Pullman, Wash., today.

The Cougars, although on a six-game winning streak and 7-2 overall, are not a traditional power in the Pac-12. Their largest margin of victory over Arizona previously was 27 points, a 48-21 win at Arizona Stadium in 2001, John Mackovic’s first season of a failed tenure.

Washington State’s largest win over Arizona in Pullman previously was 23 points, a 30-7 win in 2003, the first game after Mackovic was fired.

Many Arizona fans are becoming frustrated with Rich Rodriguez with the Wildcats’ losing streak reaching six games with today’s embarrassing loss. That was reflected in some of their tweets during the course of the game.

My contention: Arizona’s running back corps is so depleted with injuries and personnel matters that wide receiver Samajie Grant is taking the majority of reps and new defensive coordinator Marcel Yates is not coaching a unit entirely with his players. If Arizona struggles mightily again next season, then the criticism is justified. With how Rodriguez brought Arizona a Pac-12 South title only two years ago, he deserves a year or two to work this thing out.

Here are some of the notable social media reactions:


Jared Tevis sticking up for his former coach …

Nightmare is an apt word. It’s up to Rodriguez to make this the rock-bottom game and build up from here. …

Anu Solomon’s first extensive amount of playing time reflected in 122 yards passing, completing 9 of 13 passes with a touchdown and no interceptions …

Another Wildcat defiant …

Solomon trails only Nick Foles and Willie Tuitama, each who produced 67 passing touchdowns.

Former Salpointe standout Cam Denson lives …

Samajie Grant was a warrior, taking a lot of hits out of position as a running back. He finished with 77 yards on eight carries. …

The scoreboard operator was busy … on one side at least. …

Michigan fans are loving the struggles of Rich Rod. … (of course they were silent in 2014) …

Luke Falk’s performance was not met with much resistance from Arizona’s beleaguered defense. …

South Carolina’s fans and media followers having a field day after Rodriguez reportedly rejected the Gamecocks’ offer last year

So much to blame from fans (although this is humor) …

This kind of trend leads to a hotter seat …

For those with long memories, you know it could be worse. …


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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