Arizona lost a close one to Washington State on Saturday afternoon. Read on to find out how the Wildcats did, including how many yards Ka'Deem Carey ran for and more.
lost its second straight game on Saturday. The Wildcats dropped a close one 24-17 and now sit at 6-4 on the season. Here is a closer look at what happened:
Ka'Deem Carey rushed for over 100-yards for the thirteenth straight game. He seemed to be ineffective at times, but managed to get 132 yards on 26 carries. He did break away early in the first quarter for a 30-yard touchdown run, but was held to just 5.1 yards a carry after that.
Carey also caught six passes in the game for 45 yards. None were bigger than his seven-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was the only passing touchdown of the game.
Quarterback B.J. Denker came out and had a mediocre performance against the Cougars. He did not make many mistakes, but could do little against the Washington State defense. Denker completed 26 of his 38 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown.
The senior was in a position to lead his team on a game-tying drive, but made some questionable decisions in the red zone, including cutting back towards the middle of the field with time winding down.
Nate Phillips was Arizona's leading receiver once again on Saturday. The freshman caught seven passes for 45 yards in the loss. He was tied for the lead in receiving yards with Carey and Trey Griffey. Griffey also finished the game with four catches.
Arizona defense had ups and downs during the game. The Wildcats stopped the Cougars on a fourth down early in the game, but gave up multiple big plays as the game progressed. Arizona held Washington State multiple times on third down as well, as the Cougars converted just seven of their sixteen attempts.
It wasn't all good for Arizona. Washington State gained 25 more yards than the Wildcats and came out on top in the score column. The final straw for the Wildcats came with just over two minutes left in the game, when Isiah Myers caught a 25-yard pass from a scrambling Connor Halliday, made a defender miss a tackle and marched into the end zone for the game winning score.
Drew Riggleman was coming off of one of his best performances of his young career against UCLA, but had some issues against Washington State. Riggleman's first punt was shanked and traveled just 17 yards. Later in the game, the punter caught a bad snap and tried to do something with it. However, as he went to punt, Riggleman stopped as the ball was in midair. It bounced and he was unable to recover it and Washington State took over.
Washington State came into the game with one of the more potent pass offenses in the conference. Connor Halliday was the man under center and had quite an impressive game. The junior completed 39 or 53 passes for 319 yards. Halliday threw two touchdowns, including the game winner, but also threw an interception.
Mike Leach was the mastermind behind the passing game, but his team also did some uncharacteristic running on Saturday. Washington State ran the ball 27 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. The 101 yards was more than double what the Cougars had been averaging prior to the game.
Arizona defensive end Reggie Gilbert was one of the few bright spots on the defense. The lineman finished the game with just two tackles, but both were sacks. That brought his sack total on the season to four, which currently leads the team.