Arizona’s next opponent is ASU after 44-18 loss at Washington State

Drake Anderson had his best game at Arizona in the loss at Washington State (Arizona Athletics photo)

The start of the Jedd Fisch era includes only one win to this point, but that bit of info is minimized knowing rival Arizona State is next on the schedule to end the season.

The Wildcats (1-10 overall, 1-7 Pac-12) will look to end a four-game losing streak to the Sun Devils when the teams meet next Saturday at Tempe. The Wildcats have lost seven of their last nine meetings with their rivals.

No loss for Arizona was as bitter as Arizona State’s 70-7 win at Tucson last December, punctuating the three-year stint of Kevin Sumlin as the Wildcats’ head coach.

Some notes from Arizona’s 44-18 loss Friday night at Washington State:

— The Cougars rushed for 233 yards and Arizona was beset by 10 penalties.

— RB Drake Anderson’s 71-yard run in the second quarter that set up the Wildcats’ first touchdown. It was the longest rush recorded by an Arizona player since Gary Brightwell’s 94-yard scoring run against Northern Arizona in 2019. Anderson finished with a career-high 87 rushing yards on just eight attempts, an average of 10.9 yards per carry.

— QB Will Plummer posted his first multi-touchdown game through the air. He finished 24 of 42 for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

— WR Boobie Curry had an 11-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, his third of the season. He entered the season with no touchdowns on 16 receptions. He has three touchdowns on 17 catches this season.

— CB Christian Roland-Wallace recorded his first career sack. He is the first Wildcat cornerback with a sack since Jace Whittaker (now with the Arizona Cardinals) at Oregon in 2019.

— RB Michael Wiley had his third receiving touchdown of the season. He entered the 2021 season with no touchdowns through on 26 career receptions. With his fourth-quarter score, Wiley ran his touchdown streak to four games. He had a 6-yard touchdown reception last week against Utah, sealed Arizona’s victory over Cal with a 10-yard rushing touchdown, and scored from one yard out on the ground at USC.

— LB Kenny Hebert finished with a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss with a pass breakup.

— LB Dante Smith also recorded a career-best six tackles, five more than his previous mark.

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