Willie Tuitama has waited a while for this. He has been through some highs and mostly lows. However, Saturday night was the best of them all.
"Willie is the main that makes it all go," Arizona head coach Mike Stoops said. "He really made a difference in the second half. I'm really happy for him.
It's been very taxing being the quarterback for a program trying to change its direction. He has handled it well and I'm happy to see him end it like this."
Arizona's 31-10 win may not have even been as close as the score indicates. The UA had a rough first half, but it seemed obvious that the Wildcats were simply better.
As has been the case with Arizona State's offense as of late, the Sun Devils struggled to get anything going, which helped Arizona capitalize on both defense and offense.
After the game, Stoops reflected on the state of the program as a whole both past and present.
"We have been so close to getting it going in a more positive direction," Stoops said. "Every time we get there we kind of stumble. This win is significant, I think, for those who aren't here any more. The Antoine Casons and Spencer Larsens.
"There were so many guys who helped lay the foundation for this team. It's not been an easy journey to overcome but I think we may be there."
After the game, the UA accepted a bid to the Las Vegas bowl to play BYU.
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