It was a dark and stormy night for the Arizona football team. It only got worse from there
Fumbles, miscues, poor play and the rain drops that kept falling on their heads all contributed to Arizona’s 45-20 loss to host Utah in Salt Lake City. The game wasn’t even that close.
Talk about doom and gloom? Arizona had it all night in what was easily its worst performance of the season. Arizona is now 3-6 overall and have lost four consecutive games.
Everything that worked last week in a competitive loss to USC was washed away on Saturday night.
Arizona gave up 45 points or more for the fourth time this season and scored its fewest this season in Pac-12 play.
Arizona fumbled the ball away…once, twice, three, four times and seven times total (those were recovered).
“We didn’t play very good,” UA coach Jedd Fisch said on his postgame radio show on KCUB 1290. “You can’t put the ball on the ground (numerous) times, so I don’t think the rest of it matters.”
Not when you give Utah great field position and easy opportunities to score.
Fisch said the poor conditions in Salt Lake cause the turnovers – “unfortunately” – including dropped passes. Utah also had issues, but not as many as Arizona, a team still trying to make a name for itself.
It didn’t Saturday night.
“We didn’t do a good job of handling the elements at all,” he said. “When that happens not good things happen.”
Fisch said had UA avoided the turnovers “I think it’s a completely different game but we didn’t. They did a good job.”
Utah scored on four of its first six possessions to begin the game, taking a 28-10 lead into the half. It didn’t get any better in the second half … until late, but by then it was way too late.
In addition to Arizona having trouble on its own, Utah’s defense created big problems for UA quarterback Jayden de Laura, who lived with great scrambles last week. That was not the case on Saturday night. Utah created havoc most of the night when Arizona wasn’t creating its own.
“Utah did a great job schematically,” Fisch said. “We didn’t. They got in our backfield and effected our passer. When it that happens its hard to make the plays we wanted.”
Arizona faces UCLA next week in Pasadena in what could be another troublesome game.