BYU manhandles the Wildcats

Almost every theory Wildcat fans had about the BYU/Arizona game failed to come through. Arizona fans felt that they had the advantage of talent, depth, experience and league. In the end it was BYU who was better in just about every facet of the game.

The general consensus was that Arizona had the advantage at quarterback. After all it was Willie Tuitama who had been a starter over the past two years and Max Hall who was the player who had never thrown a collegiate pass. However, Hall looked perfectly poised, while Tuitama struggled all game long, never looking settled in the pocket.

Although Tuitama finished a respectable 26-36, it was just for 217 yards. All too often he settled for the short pass. On numerous occassions he completed third down passes short of the first down marker.

All told the spread offense fizzled in its debut. The Wildcats amassed just 254 yards of total offense. They finally got on the board in the final minute against a BYU defense that had as many reserves as it did first stringers. Tuitama found Earl Mitchell in the flats and the fullback rumbled for the seven-yard score.

BYU moved the ball on their first drive, but an Antoine Cason blitz forced a Hall fumble and Arizona took over inside Cougar territory. Arizona moved down to the 30, but faced a fourth and five, but settled for the draw play and Chris Jennings gained just two yards.

The Cougars took advantage of the turnover on downs. Hall dissected the Wildcat defense and found Harvey Unga in the flats. The BYU runner did the rest, cutting up field for a 27-yard touchdown.

Unga was the star of the game. He rushed for just 68 yards, but added 128 yards receiving, including a play where he looked down, only to roll off of the Wildcat linebacker and wind up with a 48-yard gain.

BYU scored again in the second quarter when Hall found Dennis Pitta with just :38 in the half.

They added a score late in the fourth quarter, but it was never really in doubt.

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