Game Notes: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona lost to Colorado on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at how the Wildcats lost.

Arizona hit a season low on Saturday when the Wildcats went into Boulder and fell to Colorado 48-29. In yet another game that most figured the Wildcats should win, they came out flat and the Buffaloes took advantage of it. CU jumped out to a double-digit first half lead and it put the game away early in the second half as the Buffaloes were able to stifle any big run UA tried to make.

It was the first Pac-12 conference win in Colorado history, while Arizona fell to 2-8 for the first time since Mike Stoops' first year on the job in 2004. It's hard to pinpoint one single thing that caused UA to fall in this affair, as the Wildcats had problems all over the field on both sides of the ball.

  • Nick Foles put up decent numbers, but didn't find the end zone often enough and couldn't lead Arizona to score enough points against one of the Pac-12's worst defensive units. The senior quarterback went 35-for-53 for 352 yards and only one touchdown while throwing three interceptions.

  • Once again, UA couldn't run the ball consistently; or at least didn't attempt to. Keola Antolin only ran the ball seven times for 42 yards. Backup freshman Ka'Deem Carey also rushed the ball 7 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Wildcats only averaged 2.6 yards per carry.

  • Meanwhile, Colorado running back Rodney Stewart had an outstanding game for the Buffaloes. The senior carried the ball 24 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns. Stewart had little trouble against the subpar UA defense as he was able to grind out big gains on several drives and had his way throughout the afternoon.

  • As a team, Colorado ran for 274 yards, four touchdowns and a 6.2 yards per rush average. UA's inability to stop the run throughout the 2011 season is one of the primary reasons it hasn't been able to win more than two games thus far.

  • Arizona had 60 yards rushing as a team, but –once again – the Wildcats piled up the yards through the air in a game where the opposition took a big lead and backed off a bit on defense. When the game was still close, UA had trouble moving the ball through the air and couldn't put many points on the board.

  • If Wildcats' fans are looking for a bright spot going forward on defense, it has been the play of true freshman defensive back Tra'Mayne Bondurant. While he has been inconsistent in spots like any first-year college football player would, Bondurant has been one of the few players on that side of the ball that has displayed passion on a consistent basis. On Saturday, Bondurant recorded an interception return for a touchdown for his first career pick and college score.

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