Rodriguez reflects on win

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media after the Wildcats' victory over UTSA on Thursday night. Read on for his thoughts on the win, Nick Wilson, and more.

Arizona's difficulty in defeating UTSA may have been a surprise to some, but not to UA coach Rich Rodriguez.

“I knew it was going to be a tough environment," Rodriguez said. "They’re a good football team, a veteran football team. They are well coached and we knew we were going to take their best shot and we did.

"We have a few things that I’d like to see us get better at, but I didn’t see anyone lose their poise and I didn’t see anyone panic. We’ll get out of here with a win.

"I fully, 100 percent expected a full out battle, an intense environment and an experienced, well-coached football team. I told Larry after the game that they’ve got a really good football team and his coaching staff does a great job.

"Not a good job, a great job. They’re going to win a lot of games. This is what I expected, but I just wish we had played a little better at times.”

One of the main reasons why Arizona did get out of San Antonio with a win is the 174-yard, one touchdown performance of freshman running back Nick Wilson.

“I was really proud of him," Rodriguez said. "From a mental standpoint he was there. You had a freshman at quarterback, a freshman at wide receiver and a couple of other guys out with injuries and the guys that filled in played really hard.

"Nick’s got a great future. He runs really, really hard and he’s still learning. Like I said, we’ve got some things to clean up, but we’ll take the win.”

Arizona made numerous mistakes throughout the night, but none seemed to be too costly.

“We didn’t have a lot of negative yard plays, but we did have a few penalties that hurt us," Rodriguez said. "That’s the key. If you don’t have negative yardage plays and you don’t commit turnovers, you’re always going to have a shot to win.

"If we had had a lot of negative yard plays or a couple of turnovers, we wouldn’t have won. It’s as simple as that.”

Despite the fact that it was not pretty, Rodriguez was still able to gain some positives from the win.

“I told the team I would rather win ugly than lose pretty," he said. "There were times out there where we were really ugly. We didn’t finish drives and gave away some things, but you’ve got to give [UTSA] their credit.

"Even with the environment, we didn’t lose our poise. I didn’t see anyone panicking on the sidelines even when the noise became a factor a little bit.”


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