Notebook: Arizona vs. Utah

Arizona lost to Utah on Saturday and breaks down the game and takes a look at how it went down.

Arizona was officially eliminated from bowl contention on Saturday when Utah went into Arizona Stadium and defeated the Wildcats 34-21. UA fell behind by double digits early and never quite recovered as the Utes took an early advantage and never surrendered it.

The Wildcats attempted to cut into the lead, but a couple of second half turnovers by Arizona helped Utah seal the game late. The loss means that UA has nothing more than pride to play for over its final three games.

  • Nick Foles had an up-and-down game got Arizona. The Wildcats' signal-caller finished the evening 25-for-43 for 326 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Foles had a difficult time getting in a groove early and by the time he and the offense got back on track, it was a three possession ball game. The senior quarterback had a chance to bring UA within one score, but threw a late interception that prevented any opportunity for a comeback.

  • Arizona's numbers on offense look good on paper, but the team's three turnovers really hindered its chances at putting points on the board. Not only that, but it gave Utah easier opportunities at putting points on the board and led to UA falling behind big in the first half.

  • The Wildcats running game was solid, but really didn't get going until it was too late. The leading rusher on the evening was Daniel Jenkins, who finished with 57 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

  • Starting running back Keola Antolin gained only 50 yards on just 12 carries and had a key fumble late. Antolin looked to have a solid run to pick up solid yards early in the second half, but the senior back lost the ball and Utah recovered the ball with a short field. The Utes scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession to put Utah back up by three scores.

  • Despite looking a little more comfortable each week, running back Ka'Deem Carey didn't see the field on offense until the second half. The freshman finished with just 30 yards on five carries.

  • David Douglas was the only UA wide receiver to make a significant impact on the game. The senior caught 10 passes for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Douglas had a big game and was the only target that Foles was able to find on a consistent basis.

  • The Arizona defense didn't do a good enough job of pressuring Utah quarterback Jon Hays. The Wildcats didn't pick off a pass from the Utah quarterback and was rarely able to get pressure in the backfield as the defense only sacked him one time. The Utah quarterback only threw for 199 yards, but a large portion of those yards came on two long touchdown passes that equaled 109 yards.

  • UA also had plenty of difficulty stopping running back John White IV. The Utes rusher didn't break any really big runs, but was consistently able to make positive things happen with the ball in his hands. White finished the evening with 109 yards and two touchdown runs on 27 carries.

  • The loss means that the Wildcats will not be able to reach the six win mark, thus ending their chances at a bowl. Arizona will be left out of the postseason for the first time since 2007.

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