Blame it on the Trojans wanting to avenge last year's loss, Ed Orgeron having his team more prepared than Rich Rodriguez, or the defense looking a lot more like the 2012 unit that was arguably the worst in the nation, there were few positives to take away from the 38-31 loss.
Fans continued to attack Denker once the final whistle was blown, but he was hardly to blame for the loss.
He completed 28-of-44 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns and didn't the ball over once. It was the best performance of his short career at UA by a mile, and if he can continue to put up numbers like those, the Wildcats will have a shot moving forward.
Under Rich Rodriguez and the current staff, the Wildcats have played a full 60 minutes regardless of what the scoreboard says.
Not being able to stop USC on 3rd-and-9 with just a few minutes left in the fourth was really frustrating, but the fact UA even had a chance was remarkable.
He also missed a couple of reads with Ka'Deem Carey, keeping the ball for himself instead of handing it off for a big gain.
Even with Marqise Lee on the sidelines, Arizona's secondary was torched for 297 yards and two passing touchdowns.
Also, while USC seemingly started with the ball on their 40-yard line on just about every drive, Arizona was backed up deep in their own territory far too often.