Notebook: Arizona vs. Washington

Arizona lost a close game to Washington on Saturday night. Read on for a closer look at how it went down.

Arizona fought hard in Seattle, but ultimately came up short in the end as the Wildcats fell to Washington 42-31. UA jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead before the Huskies woke up and swung the momentum in their favor with two second quarter touchdowns.

UW came out sluggish and the Wildcats took advantage. Arizona was piling up the yards until Washington woke up and completely turned the tables. It was a very competitive affair, but in the end, the Huskies' offense proved to be too much for the depleted UA defense to handle.

  • The story of the night was Washington running back Chris Polk. The junior compiled 244 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns. Polk helped ignite the UW offensive attack in the second quarter and the Wildcats had absolutely no answer for him. Whether it was on the ground or through the air, the Huskies' back was able to make the Arizona defense pay.

  • Polk was really the only player that devastated the Arizona defense. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 277 yards, but 100 went to Polk and the sophomore completed just over 50 percent of his passes. UA also picked Price off three times and prevented his targets outside of Polk from hurting the Wildcats' defense.

  • Quarterback Nick Foles started off extremely well, but made some big mistakes late in the game that helped lead to the Arizona defeat. Foles went 32-for-50 for 388 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Foles threw two of his picks late in the fourth quarter; the first of which really put the Wildcats out of the contest.

  • Wide receiver Juron Criner had another big game, but like Foles, he made a crucial error down the stretch that helped the Huskies put the game away. The senior wideout caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but fumbled away a chance at a late fourth quarter lead. With Arizona driving, Criner caught a pass from Foles and ran for a first, but didn't secure the ball well enough and had it knocked out by UW safety Will Shamburger. Linebacker Princeton Fuimaono recovered the ball and the turnover halted the UA drive.

  • True freshman defensive back Tra'Mayne Bondurant continues to impress in his time on the field. He did struggle in spots and surrendered a couple of big plays, but Bondurant's presence on the field was positive overall. The freshman finished with eight tackles, one sack and broke up a pair of passes.

  • The Wildcats did a good job of keeping Price from getting too comfortable. Robert Golden, Marquis Flowers and Trevin Wade each picked off the Washington signal-caller and did a great job of blanketing the UW receivers. Golden provided the biggest play on defense when he intercepted a bobbled pass and juked and stumbled his way back 91 yards for the touchdown.

  • UA's defense came out with the same fire and energy as the week before, but the Huskies decided to attack the Wildcats a little quicker towards the end of the first quarter. Washington utilized fast play calling and quick snaps to keep the Arizona defensive unit off balance and that's how Polk was able to beat it to the outside more often than not.

  • The loss puts a huge dent in Arizona's postseason chances. Most people probably didn't expect the Wildcats to battle back and challenge for a bowl, but a victory over UW would have put UA in a very interesting position. Arizona's final four games include three very beatable opponents – Utah, Colorado and Louisiana Lafayette. With Saturday's defeat, the Wildcats must win those three but also find a way to beat Arizona State – a team that has played much better football than Arizona this year – in Tempe in order to become bowl-eligible.

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