After last week’s 34-30 loss to USC, there was a ton of optimism surrounding the Arizona program for the first time in a long time.
That optimism quickly vanished as Arizona started the game against Washington looking lethargic on both sides of the ball leading to a 44-20 loss for the Wildcats.
Arizona went through three quarters of football with a total of 66 yards and zero points on the board.
In the fourth quarter, Arizona put up 265 yards and 27 points, showing fight in a game where most teams would have thrown in the towel and moved on to next week.
The glaring issue for Arizona’s offense in this game was the inability to protect quarterback Grant Gunnell, who was sacked five times and given no room to breathe in the pocket.
Here’s thoughts from Gunnell on where the game went wrong and how his team can take positives from the fourth quarter:
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s easy to see what went wrong in the game for Arizona, who, last week against USC held the Trojans to 5-of-13 on third downs. Saturday against Washington, the Wildcats gave up eight conversions to the Huskies on 15 attempts for a conversion rate of 53 percent.
One reason why the defense struggled against Washington is that quarterback Dylan Morris had time in the pocket to find his open guys. Arizona wasn’t able to put any pressure on the Huskies’ quarterback.
Here’s linebacker Jalen Harris giving his thoughts on how the defense played and why it has been hard to get a sack through two games:
Arizona got dominated in all three phases of the game through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were able to score, but that was against the Huskies’ second unit, leaving most to wonder if there is genuinely a positive to take away from the game.
Here’s Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin giving his thoughts on the overall game and telling the media what his message was to his team after what was a shocking performance:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.