A closer look at Arizona's 35-28 loss to Washington

Arizona fell to Washington 35-28 in overtime on Saturday night in the conference opener. Read on to find out more about what happened.

Arizona was unable to beat Washington, losing 35-28 in overtime to Washington at home to start conference play. Here are some notes on what happened:

* The Wildcats continued to ride Brandon Dawkins in his third start of the season. The sophomore played admirably in the loss, completing 19 of 31 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. While he did throw an interception on a fade route, Dawkins did complete his first 11 passes. After those 11, he went on a cold streak, tossing seven straight incompletions before finding his rhythm again.  

Dawkins was also able to get things going on the ground, rushing 13 times for a game high 176 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yarder in the first half. He also kept the ball for the final touchdown of overtime, rushing up the middle for a two-yard score.  

* With Nick Wilson recovering from an injury he suffered last week, J.J. Taylor got the start at running back for the Wildcats. The true freshman continued to live up to the hype, rushing 19 times for 97 yards and a touchdown before he also left the game with a broken left ankle.19. 

Taylor was replaced by T.J. Johnson and Zachary Green, both of which did not fair very well. Johnson carried the ball five times for 16 yards, but also fumbled the ball three times in the game, losing it once. Green took the handoff six times for 19 yards. Both running backs also caught a single pass out of the backfield.

* Arizona's receivers didn't get too much separation against the Washington secondary, but Shun Brown did manage to quietly have himself quite the game. With the help of a late 54-yard grab to keep the Wildcats in the game, Brown finished with seven catches for 114 yards. It was his second big game in a row as he had 92 receiving yards the previous week against Hawai'i.

The Wildcats got action from ten receivers in total, but the only player with a touchdown catch was tight end Josh Kern, whose only catch went for a three-yard score. Shawn Poindexter was second on the team with three catches for 29 yards, but he was also removed from the game with an injury. 

* Arizona's defense played well against Washington, getting stops when it needed to. However, the defense was also able to get some pressure on Jake Browning as the game wore on. Jack Banda led the Wildcat defense with two sacks and Cody Ippolito added one and a half of his own. Paul Magloire was also able to get in on the action with half a sack.

*Washington won the turnover battle in the game with a three to one ratio. Dawkins threw an interception, Nate Phillips muffed a punt, and Johnson lost a fumble. The one Husky turnover came on a Dane Cruikshank interception on the one yard line. None of the four turnovers led to points. 

* When Dawkins' pass fell to the ground in the end zone sealing the win for Washington, it became the first time that the Wildcats had lost an overtime game at home since 2009 when the 11th ranked Oregon Ducks beat the Wildcats in double overtime. It was the first time Arizona had lost a single overtime game at home since 2003 when TCU came away with a 13-10 win. 

* Washington was ranked ninth in the nation and was the first ranked team that Arizona had faced this season. The Wildcats had typically fared well against top ten teams at home, but the loss moved Arizona to 3-2 under Rich Rodriguez at home. 

* Arizona and Washington were both hammering the ball right at each other throughout the night. The Wildcats and Huskies combined for 660 total rushing yards. That number is the most between Pac-12 foes since 2012, when Arizona and Colorado combined for 662. 


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