A closer look at Arizona's 52-37 loss to Arizona State

Arizona fell to Arizona State 52-37 on Saturday night. Read on to find out how the Wildcats stayed in the game, Which receiver had a breakout night, and more.

Arizona lost to Arizona State 52-37 on Saturday. Here's a closer look at what happened:

* With Anu Solomon out for the game, Arizona started senior Jerrard Randall at quarterback. Randall was unable to get anything going for most of the first half, completing just four of 13 passes for 35 yards before being benched in favor of redshirt freshman Brandon Dawkins.

* Coming into the game, Dawkins had only thrown eight passes all season. He did admirably for the Wildcats, playing a majority of the game with stomach issues. Dawkins completed 16 of 30 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback also carried the ball 21 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. The only negative for Dawkins was throwing two interceptions late in the game with each being returned for touchdowns.

*As Arizona continued to have drives stall early, Drew Riggleman was able to help the Wildcats keep field advantage. He boomed seven punts for an average of 46.4 yards, with two going over 50 yards. Riggleman also had four of his punts downed inside the 20. 

* Earliy in the second quarter, it looked like Arizona wouldn't be able to get anything going on offense, so the defense provided. Sophomore Cameron Denson jumped a telegraphed pass, inctercepting it and taking it to the house untouched. The interception gave the Wildcats some life on defense, cutting Arizona State's lead to 14-7. It was Denson's second of the season and fourth of his career.

* Arizona's defense came up big in several situations throughout the game. William Parks and Sir Thomas Jackson both led the Wildcats with nine tackles each. The defense as a whole held ASU to converting on just 2 of 12 third down attempts.

* Even though he only had two catches in the game, Arizona's best receiver on the night was Trey Griffey. The junior has been saddled with injuries throughout the season, but made both of his catches count against the rivals. In the third quarter Griffey caught a slant route and zig-zagged his way down the field, diving into the end zone for a 95-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, on a crucial third down, Griffey pulled down a jump ball to keep an eventual scoring drive alive. He finished the night with 138 yards on just the two catches.

* The loss to Arizona State means that the Sun Devils have now won three out of four against Arizona under the Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham eras. Arizona won last year's matchup to take the Territorial Cup and seal the Pac-12 South title.


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