On the close game:
On the team playing so well despite being banged up on the road:
John Mackovic on his team's performance:
"I thought this was the worst game we have played all year. After playing well against some good opponents, I thought we would play much better today. We practiced well all week, but we did not have any enthusiasm. We did not generate anything and defensively we could not get them off the field in the second half. They completely controlled the ball."
Buddy Teevens on his club's performance:
"We did what we needed to do. The enthusiasm was great on the sideline. Guys were into it and pulling for each other. I really thought that as a team we took a step forward. The offense, the defense, the special teams – there were some ups and downs, but it was a team effort and we didn't flinch."
The Cats ran just six plays in the third quarter.
"That was a killer," said Mackovic. "I told the guys that we need to do a better job with our game plan next week and get ready to play. We just didn't play very well."
"It's hard to get into a rhythm," said Jason Johnson. "Sometimes when you do get back out there you press too much and we had some plays that did not go our way." Wildcat true freshman Beau Carr had 44 yards on nine carries, an average of 4.9 yards a rush.
"The more they get me the ball the more I get going," Carr said. "I'm more of a down hill runner. I like running north and south."
As a team the Cardinal rushed for 175 yards, with Kerry Carter gaining 98 of them.
"It (the running game) wasn't really something that we talked about focusing on," Carter said. "It was just something that we went in with the attitude that we needed to improve our offense."
Teyo Johnson had just two yards on a single reception.
"They had a number of weapons," said UA corner Darrell Brooks. "I came into this game with the assignment of shutting Teyo down. That was my responsibility and I did the best I could."
A number of Wildcat coaches and players said that this was the low point of the season.
"The only way to go is up," Johnson said. "It is a long season and you just have to play well and win. It just hurts that we were not able to do that today."
"It is a low point," said Lance Briggs. "I guess the positive is if we win four out of five we go to a bowl."
Mackovic held Kirk Johnson and Andrae Thurman out of the first half due to their costly taunting penalties the week before.
"I have mixed feelings about it," confessed Thurman. "I wasn't expecting a whole half."