Game Notes: Arizona vs Washington

Arizona held close with Washington for four quarters and finally came away with the victory in the final seconds. Read on to find out what happened, who the hero was, and more.

Arizona hit a field goal as time expired to beat Washington 27-26. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • Arizona's field goal kicker, Casey Skowron, accounted for 15 total points in Saturday's win, including the game winning 47-yard field goal. It was the longest game-winning field goal since Nick Folk nailed a 48-yarder to beat BYU in 2006.

    Skowron launched the ball through the uprights to give his team a 27-26 lead as time expire. Moments before, Skowron saw a kick sail wide right, but fortunately, Washington head coach Chris Peterson had called a timeout, voiding the play.

    Earlier in the game, facing a fourth and four from the Washington 18 yard line, Skowron took a pitch from holder Drew Riggleman and sped past the line, being pulled down as he crossed the goal line and scoring a touchdown. Skowron converted the extra point for the full seven points.

  • Nick Wilson was unable to find much room early in the game, but got the ball consistently, rushing 30 times for 104 yards. The freshman was able to get into the endzone two times as well, helping Arizona with the red zone issues that it had seen this season.

    Wilson did have a low point in the game. On Arizona's first drive after halftime, the running back fumbled the ball as his team was making a solid drive down the field. After that turnover, Arizona's offense seemed to lose all momentum until the fourth quarter.

  • The Wildcats were helped to the win immensely by Washington's lack of discipline. The Huskies weren't friends with the guys in stripes as they racked up 13 penalties for 111 yards in the game. Previously the high for penalties against Arizona was UCLA with 11 for 118 yards.

    Conversely, Arizona was able to keep penalties to a minimum with just three for 15 yards throughout the game.

  • Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon struggled mightily against the Huskies, throwing two interceptions on deep balls that lofted straight into defenders' hands. The freshman completed just 17 of 39 passes for 242 yards. Solomon failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this season.

  • Washington didn't help its cause throughout the night as it was unable to hold onto the football. The Huskies combined for six fumbles on the night, losing three of them to the Wildcats. Cyler Miles fumbled twice in the first half. Miles first was deep in Arizona territory and his second was as well, allowing Arizona to score and take the 21-17 lead heading into half.

    The Huskies were better with the ball in the second half, but as the clock was winding down, Deontae Cooper was stripped of the ball with 1:23 seconds remaining, giving Arizona the chance to win the game.

  • Coming into the game, plenty of attention was paid to Shaq Thompson and Hau'oli Kikaha. As the game wore on, their impact was felt less and less. Both Kikaha and Thompson ended the game with just three tackles each and it was the first game all season that Kikaha was held without a sack or a tackle for loss.

  • The win puts Arizona at 8-2 on the season with two games left to play. The eight regular season wins is the highest in Rich Rodriguez's tenure with the Wildcats and the highest total for Arizona since 2009, when Arizona finished 8-5.

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