The conclusion of the school year has arrived and with it comes the end of the 2010-11 season of college sports. It was an interesting year for Arizona athletics that was filled with all sorts of dramatic events and memorable stories.
The biggest news worthy pieces came from the two biggest athletic programs – basketball and football. Here we will relive 10 of the more memorable moments – good and bad - from the two programs over the course of the 2010-11 school year.
We'll begin with the first five, starting with number 10.
10. Arizona beats Iowa
It was the Wildcats first big game of the year and they were in control for much of the contest before the Hawkeyes closed the gap late. Arizona ultimately laughed last when it won 34-27 and it gave UA football fans a lot of hope towards the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for Wildcats' fans, this was the only impressive victory of the season as Arizona ended up folding down the stretch.
9. UA loses to ASU after Zendejas has two extra points blocked.
In a game that the Wildcats fought back and had seemingly won after scoring a last-minute touchdown, Arizona found itself stunned at the end with a defeat at the hands of its arch-rival.
Kicker Alex Zendejas had not one, but two extra point attempts blocked in key moments of the game and it ended up costing UA its eighth victory of the season. The first came when Arizona tied the game up at 20 with 27 seconds left in regulation. The blocked extra point gave the Sun Devils a shot in overtime and prevented UA from beating ASU for a third straight year.
The second came after the Wildcats scored another touchdown to seemingly force a third overtime. Instead, Zendejas had another kick blocked and it allowed Arizona State to come away with the victory.
8. Arizona makes third consecutive bowl game
Despite the shortcomings at the end of the season, Arizona made a bowl game for the third straight year. That has only happened once before in UA football history – Dick Tomey led his Wildcats to bowl games from 1992-94.
The Wildcats were blown out in the bowl game, but qualifying for a bowl for a third consecutive year is a big accomplishment when you consider the history of Wildcats' football.
7. Momo Jones announces he will transfer.
One of the more improved players this past season, Momo Jones decided he wanted to play college basketball elsewhere after this season. Announcing his decision right before the conclusion of the school year, Jones had personal issues develop that led to his decision.
What also could have helped Jones' decision is the fact that Arizona has one of the nations top point guards in Josiah Turner coming in from the 2011 class. Add to the list the emergence of Jordin Mayes as a consistent contributor and Jones felt he needed to take his game elsewhere when he considered all factors both on and off the court.
6. Arizona football loses last five games
The Wildcats started 7-1 and were ranked in the top-10 nationally; then came a blow out loss at Stanford and everything crumbled from there. UA followed the loss to the Cardinal with consecutive losses to USC, Oregon, Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
The 7-1 start brought head coach Mike Stoops' overall record to .500 in his career, which was viewed as a big accomplishment considering how his first four years went after arriving. Unfortunately, Arizona followed that up by dropping its coach's record to five games below .500 entering the 2011 campaign.
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