It has been a rough past two weeks for Arizona football in losses to Washington and UCLA while outscored in those games by an average of 17 points.
Arizona came out swinging against Colorado with questions surrounding the program, jumping out 13-0 in the first quarter with 106 yards on the ground. It was short-lived as the Buffaloes trampled the Wildcats on the ground the rest of the game with 407 yards en route to a 24-13 victory.
Even with Arizona running backs Michael Wiley (126) and Gary Brightwell (113) rushing for more than 100 yards, the Wildcats couldn’t find a way to push the ball into the end zone and came up short twice on the Colorado 5-yard line.
Here’s Brightwell talking about Arizona’s rushing game and what went wrong against Colorado after jumping up to a quick 13-0 lead in the first quarter:
Colorado finished the first quarter with 31 yards rushing and trailed 13-0, then exploded for 179 yards in the second quarter, changing the game’s momentum finishing with 407 yards on the ground.
Running back Jarek Broussard set a rushing record in the game, going for 301 yards on 25 carries; it is the most yards Arizona has given up to a running back since LaMichael James rushed for 288 yards back in 2011.
Here’s defensive lineman Roy Lopez talking about what he saw from Colorado on the ground and gave his thoughts on the feeling in the locker room as Arizona extends the longest losing streak in program history to 11.
On two critical drives, Arizona took the ball inside Colorado’s 5-yard line and walked away with zero points. The first of those drives was due to an interception thrown from freshman Will Plummer; it was the only turnover the Wildcats had all game. Plummer went 19-for-32 with 154 yards and was sacked five times in the game.
Here’s coach Kevin Sumlin talking about his team’s performance, and he gave his thoughts on Plummer’s game as a true freshman starting for the first time because of an injury to sophomore starter Grant Gunnell:
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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.