Defense deserves praise despite loss

Arizona may have lost on Saturday night, but it wasn't because of the defense.

In a strange turn of events, Arizona’s defense is what kept the Wildcats in the game Saturday night.

“I thought they played well enough for the majority of the game,” Rich Rodriguez said. “We played a new scheme and we are a little under sized of course. They gave us a chance to win the game.”

Despite how well the defense generally played, Rodriguez still saw room for improvement.

“There were still a lot of things out there that we could fix,” Rodriguez said. “The tackling was poor. 

“I’m concerned about that and that is usually a concern when you are playing a really good big running back. You worry about tackling and a couple things, but they played hard. We played hard.”

BYU was able to adjust when it counted, but still gave the Arizona defense credit.

“They were a good football team,” BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said. “It wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before, but they have some good athletes and they got after us and quick guys up front that really pressured us around the edges. 

“We were moving the ball really well, but had a hard time finishing drives. It was a great win and they certainly gave us a lot of things that we can continue to work on.”

Paul Magloire got plenty of compliments on Saturday night, but he didn’t want any part of it due to the final result.

“We have to win, so we just have to play better next week,” Magloire said. “We didn’t win, so we could have played better.”


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