Arizona’s defense struggled on Saturday, as the Washington State Cougars defeated the Wildcats 45-42 at Arizona Stadium.
Washington State started on its own 22 with a 23-yard pass from Luke Falk to River Cracraft. Gabe Marks then caught an eight-yard pass and Gerard Wicks ran for four yards.
On second down, Cracraft caught a 13-yard pass. Three plays later, he did the same thing. Dom Williams caught a pass for five yards and Gabe Marks then scored on a six-yard pass.
The extra point gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead with 10:28 left in the first quarter.
Arizona got the ball on its own 25 and Anu Solomon found Nate Phillips for nine yard. Samajie Grant then caught a five-yard pass and Cayleb Jones added eight more.
Nick Wilson got the start, but couldn’t pick up two yards in two carries and the Wildcats were forced to punt, giving the Cougars the ball on their own six.
After an incomplete pass, Jamal Morrow had a three-yard grab. Kyle Sweet then caught an 11-yard pass and Kyrin Priester added 20.
However, the Arizona defense held its own and forced a punt, taking possession on its own 22. Solomon ran for four yards and then followed with 11 more, but a holding call stopped the drive and the Wildcats punted.
Washington State got the ball on its 20 and began the drive with a 31-yard pass to Robert Lewis.
Cracraft caught a six-yard pass and two plays later Marks took a screen 43 yards for the touchdown as the extra point made it a 14-0 game.
The Wildcats started their drive on their own 25 with a two-yard run by Jared Baker. Trey Griffey then caught a five-yard pass and Jones went for 23.
On third down, Johnny Jackson caught a 13-yard pass for the first. Jones followed with 10 more yards.
On yet another third down, Jackson caught a 14-yard pass for the first down. A pass interference penalty put Arizona on Washington State’s two to end the quarter.
A defensive holding call started the quarter and two plays later, Jared Baker ran it in from a yard out. The extra point cut the Washington State lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter.
Washington State got the ball on its own 25 and started with a 13-yard run. On second down, Morrow ran for five more and the Cougars were called for a false start.
Jeff Worthy got the sack on third down and the Cougars were forced to punt. Phillips fielded the punt and scored from 69 yards out, as the extra point tied the game at 14 with 12:02 left in the first half.
Washington State started on its own 22 with a 16-yard pass to Keith Harrington. Two plays later, Harrington caught a four-yard pass.
Marks gained 11 in the air and Williams did the same before Harrington gained five on the ground.
Lewis proceeded to catch a 30-yard pass and on second down, Marks scored from the two-yard line.
The extra point put the Cougars up 21-14 with 8:19 left in the first half.
Shun Brown fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Washington State recovered on Arizona’s 23. Wicks ran for two yards and Williams caught a nine-yard pass on second down.
Williams then caught a six-yard pass and Falk connected with Priester for the six-yard score as the extra point gave the Cougars a 28-14 lead.
Needing an answer, Arizona started on its own 19 with a 19-yard pass to Grant. Jones caught a 34-yard pass two plays later and Arizona added a pass interference call on second down.
Baker gained three yards on first down and David Richards caught a six-yard pass on second. Baker then gained six and scored from seven yards out on the next play, as the extra point brought Arizona within 28-21 with 4:22 left in the half.
The Cougars had the next drive start on their own 25 with a seven-yard pass to Harrington. Two plays later, Cracraft caught a 14-yard pass.
Priester had a four-yard completion and Thompson gained five. Wicks proceeded to get 13 coin the ground and Priest caught another four-yard pass on second down.
Lewis grabbed a 14-yard reception, but Arizona’s defense held and the Cougars settled for a 25-yard field goal that gave them a 31-21 lead at the half.
Arizona went three and out to start the half and the Cougars got the ball on their own 16. Priester caught a nine-yard pass and Morrow followed it up with a 15-yard reception.
After a sack, Thompson caught a 14-yard pass and Harrington gained five on the ground. Arizona was called for roughing the passer, but got a sack on the next play.
However, Sweet caught a 28-yard pass on third down to keep the Cougars going. Williams then gained five and three plays later, Wicks ran it in from a few yards out to give Washington State a 38-21 lead with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
Jerrard Randall came in and ran for 59 yards on first down. He then threw two incomplete passes and a holding call put Arizona back.
Richards gained 24 yards, but on fourth and one, Baker was stopped behind the line of scrimmage and the Cougars took over on their own 11.
Wicks ran for two yards and Morrow came up with a seven-yard reception. Wicks then caught an eight-yard pass and Morrow followed with a 41-yard run.
Arizona’s defense actually held and forced a punt, taking possession on its own 20.
Samjie Grant gained 21 on a reverse. After a one-yard run by Wilson, Randall picked up eight on the ground.
Two plays later, Randall got seven and added eight more. After an incomplete pass. Cayleb Jones found Trey Griffey for a 25-yard pass on a reverse.
Randall and Wilson ran for two-yard gains before Randall found Jones for the three-yard touchdown.
The extra point brought the Wildcats to within 38-28 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. Falk found Thompson for nine yards to get to the Washington State 34 to end the third.
Washington State turned the ball over on downs despite a 23-yard completion for Cracraft and Arizona took over on its own 33.
After an incomplete pass, Jones caught a six-yard pass. Jackson then followed with eight yards and Randall ran for 11.
Three plays later, Phillips caught an 18-yard pass. After a loss of two, Jackson gained nine. Randall then ran for two and followed with nine more.
Baker scored from six yards out and the extra point cut the Washington State lead to 38-35 with 8:07 left.
Washington State started on its own 24 with an eight-yard pass to Harrington followed by a 21-yard completion by Priester.
Wicks then gained seven on the ground and Falk ran for 14 before Wicks added five more. After a holding call on the Cougars, Marks caught a 15-yard pass.
Two plays later, Falk found Cracraft for seven yards and after a few short plays, Marks caught his fourth touchdown of the day as the extra point put the Cougars up 45-35 with 2:03 left.
Arizona responded with a nine-yard pass to Jones and an eight-yard pass to Grant two plays later.
Randall proceeded to find Jones for 28 and hit Jackson for a 20-yard score as the extra point cut the lead to 45-42.
Unfortunately, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Cougars, who were able to run out the clock.