Game Notes: Arizona vs. USC

Arizona fell to USC on Saturday night 28-26. Read on to find out about the game, including how the Wildcats lost, Buck Allen's big performance, and more.

Arizona wasn't able to defeat USC, falling 28-26 on Saturday night. The Wildcats came up short throughout the night and were unable to overcome a sluggish start.

  • Missed opportunities plagued the Wildcats throughout the night. Arizona's opening drive was capped with a missed field goal. While late in the second quarter, Jones-Grigsby was hammered by Leonard Williams inside the ten-yard line, subsequently fumbling the ball.

    On the very next possession, Arizona wasted a full set of downs in the red zone before having Casey Skowron's kick blocked as time expired.

    That wasn't all, though, as Arizona was a two-point conversion away from tying the game. The first attempt resulted in a pass interference call on USC, giving Arizona the ball at the two-yard line. The Wildcats went to the ground, where it had been unsuccessful all night and came up short.

    Arizona wasn't done just yet. With just over a minute to go in the game, the Wildcats recovered an onside kick and drove down to the 19-yard line before setting up for the game-winning field goal. Casey Skowron lined up and sent the first one right down the middle, but it was called off due to a USC timeout. The second attempt sailed wide right and the Trojans were able to escape with the win.

  • Anu Solomon started with a decent first half, but struggled at times. In the second half, the Trojans controlled the clock and limited Solomon's touches, but he was able to put his team in a position to win late in the game. The freshman completed 43 of his 72 passes, throwing just a single touchdown in the loss.

  • With Nick Wilson out for the game, Terris Jones-Grigsby was the featured back for the Wildcats until late in the second quarter, when he was lit up by USC defensive end Leonard Williams, resulting in a fumble on the play and an injury to the running back. He left the game and finished with 32 yards on twelve rushing attempts.

    Jared Baker was the next in line and filled in nicely for Arizona, rushing for 43 yards and two touchdowns on twelve carries.

  • USC quarterback Cody Kessler had a solid night for the Trojans, completing 20 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Throughout the night, Kessler seemed to have however much time he needed to throw the football and was able to step up and make throws when his team called on him. However, it wasn't all roses for the junior as he threw his first interception of the season midway through the game as Jonathan McKnight jumped in front of a wobbly pass and snagged the interception.

  • Casey Skowron's night was one he may want to forget. The senior made just two of his five field goal attempts and was the victim of "icing-the-kicker" twice, including the potential game-winning field goal. The blocked kick was the first for the Wildcats this season.

  • Solomon hit ten different receivers on the night with Austin Hill leading the way, grabbing seven balls for 70 yards. Cayleb Jones, Davonte' Neal and Dave Richards also caught seven passes each, while Baker caught the only touchdown pass of the night.

  • Arizona's downfall came as a result of poor Red Zone numbers. The Wildcats scored on just four of eight trips, with the three failures coming on the missed field goals and the other coming on the fumble.

  • The loss on Saturday was the first for the Wildcats under Rich Rodriguez when winning the turnover battle. USC had a fumble and an interception, while the Wildcats had just a fumble.

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