Arizona Falls to Washington

Willie Tuitama finally played like a freshman and the Wildcats paid for it. The quarterback who spearheaded a two game win streak committed five turnovers which allowed Washington to upset Arizona 38-14 and snap a 14-game Pac-10 losing streak.

As many things as the Cats did against UCLA last week, they did badly against Washington. They were outplayed on offense, defense and special teams, with mistakes by each facet leading to Husky scores.

"You could tell we came out flat after the win," said Head Coach Mike Stoops. "That's common. We're just not good enough to come out and play without intensity and emotion."

Washington took advantage of five Wildcat turnovers and controlled the line of scrimmage on to a season high 333 yards in rushing.

"I didn't like the way we played defensively at all," Stoops added.

James Sims rushed for 200 yards and a score, while quarterback Isaiah Stanback added 96 yards and two scores of his own.

The Cats had all the momentum before Stanback completed a miracle Hail Mary right before the half and then took advantage of two third quarter turnovers to break open the game.

"I thought it (the Hail Mary) was big," Stoops said. "Our guys just lost the ball in the lights. We hadn't played well up to that point, but had fought to a 14-7 lead, and that took away all the momentum. We played uphill from then on."

On the first possession of the half Willie Tuitama was picked off by Josh Okoebor and ran it back to the Wildcat 33. Three plays later the Wildcats blitzed off the edge and Stanback raced up the middle for a 28-yard score.

"This was a great learning experience for Willie (Tuitama)," explained Stoops. "You're going to have bad games. He got confused and made young errors. He's still a true freshman. He'll learn a great deal from this."

Faced with a third and inches the Wildcats attempted to sneak Tuitama for the first down but he mishandled the snap and Tahj Bomar recoverd the loose ball.

The Huskies marched 51 yards in just over three minutes and Stanback kept for the one yard score and a 28-14 lead.

"You have to give Washington a great deal of credit," said Stoops. "They had a great game plan. We just had no answer all night. We were just hanging on – we didn't play well. We turned the ball over. We got beat up and down the field. We got outplayed and out-coached. It's pretty simple."

Arizona took their opening possession for a score for the fourth time this season. The Cats did most of the damage in the air and capped things off with a tough throw to a covered Syndric Steptoe in the back of the endzone.

Both offenses slowed down after that until Washington gets the ground game going. They run the ball right at the Cats and Sims scores from two yards out to tie things up at seven.

Right before the half momentum would swing in each direction.

The Cats marched 80 yards and scored on a quick out to Gilbert Harris, where the fullback made a tough catch at the pylon.

It looked as if the Wildcats would go to the locker room with all the momentum. Yaniv Barnett sacked Stanback with just seconds to play n the half, but the Huskies chose not to run out the clock and called a timeout. After witnessing the Huskies' formation, the Wildcats used one of their timeouts to reset the defense.

It didn't work.

Isaiah Stanback heaved a Hail Mary pass over 70 yards in the air and Craig Chambers caught the ball in traffic to tie the game.

Roy Lewis finished the upset when he returned Tuitama's third interception 33-yards for a touchdown midway in the fourth quarter.

"Willie (Tuitama) is a great kid and has a lot of potential," said senior running back Mike Bell. "That was not him out there today."

Now Arizona has a bye week before heading to Tempe to face their rival ASU.

"We have a lot to play for in two weeks," Stoops said. "We've got to regroup."

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