When the final whistle sounded and the Arizona players looked at the scoreboard, I wondered how many of those players had thoughts back to last season.
You would have to believe that Willie Tuitama was the first player to think about it, especially because many will argue that it was his fault the UA lost. It is difficult to blame the game on one player, but he definitely contributed in a large way.
Tuitama frustrated his coaches in nearly every aspect that a quarterback can. He did not recognize the coverage that he practiced for all week, threw terrible pass after terrible pass, and fumbled away two possessions. In what is an obvious statement, a football team the quality of Arizona cannot win a game in which there are five turnovers.
It was not only his fault, however. All week long Nicolas Grigsby talked trash to anybody that would listen and on Saturday he failed himself and he failed the fans that had confidence in him. To talk like he did and come up so short is embarrassing to himself and the rest of the team, as it draws even more attention on the poor efforts of the Wildcats.
Grigsby needs to learn that being a successful runner is not about making the most cuts or flashiest plays but instead, making the correct play up the field. He has always had a major problem going forward and it seems to be wearing on the coaching staff.
The offensive line was the third disappointment on offense, as it did not create holes for Grigsby and while it was not terrible, it did have its worst game of the season.
On defense, the line was far and away the most disappointing unit of the game. It got pushed around and allowed an over matched UNM squad to dominate the line of scrimmage as Rodney Ferguson ran at will.
Instead of wrapping up and making the initial tackle, Ferguson pretty much always got more yards than he should have. The UA did not make the necessary tackle when it needed to and it cost them dearly.
At the end of the day, Arizona looked like the team of old. However, there is still plenty of time to prove people wrong. Then again, there is also time to prove people right.
Same old Arizona?
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