blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead and ultimately fell to rival Arizona State
41-34 at home on Friday night. The loss drops the Wildcats to a 7-5 record overall and they finish 4-5 in conference play. UA couldn't overcome numerous mistakes and ASU would generally take advantage of each mishap. The Wildcats had an opportunity to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but a turnover killed the drive and allowed the Sun Devils a chance that they ultimately capitalize on.
The Wildcats had several chances to open the game up, but their inability to finish drives allowed ASU to hang close and eventually pull off the victory.
It was a rough night for senior quarterback Matt Scott in his final home game. Despite some bright spots, Scott struggled throwing the ball with any sort of consistency and turned the ball over several times. The senior finished the night 19-for-39 with three touchdowns, three interceptions and lost a fumble late on a drive that could have potentially put ASU down two possessions had Scott not turned the ball over.
The loss wasted another big performance from running back Ka'Deem Carey, who was running all over the Arizona State defense despite being hobbled for the majority of the contest. Carey rushed the ball 25 times for 172 yards and a score while rushing for an average of 6.9 yards per play. There was very little the Sun Devils could do to stop Carey, who picked up big chunks of yardage throughout the entire contest.
The receiver with the best showing was Garic Wharton. The wideout caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. On that score, Wharton made a nice grab and was able to toe the sidelines on his way to the end zone. His speed looked to be a problem for ASU's defense when he received opportunities and Scott was able to get him involved.
UA's defense struggled to stop the Sun Devils offense, especially on the ground. ASU finished the game with 269 yards on the ground and received little resistance from the UA defense. Marion Grice led the way with 156 yards and three rushing touchdowns, taking advantage of open running lanes and using his speed to leave the Wildcats' defense in the dust. He also averaged 8.7 yards per carry and displayed his speed and shiftiness on his 52-yard touchdown dash.
The Wildcats simply didn't make enough plays on the defensive side of the ball. While the offense – and particularly Scott – didn't do their part on a consistent enough basis, the defensive unit looked outmatched, especially against the run. The Wildcats didn't pick any passes off and the only sack on the night came from Justin Washington, who ended up leaving the game with an injury.
Arizona lost to its rival Arizona State on Friday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats were not able to get the job done.
Observations: UA vs. ASU