Arizona faced its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday and fell short, as it lost 31-13 at Washington.
Arizona took the ball to start the game and the initial drive could not have gone any worse. After a one-yard run from B.J. Denker and Ka’Deem Carey, Denker threw an interception to Sean Parker.
The Huskies took over on the Arizona 35-yard line with a 15-yard pass from Keith Price to Jaydon Mickens. Kasen Williams then caught a six-yard pass and after a personal foul on Jourdon Grandon, Kevin Smith caught a seven-yard touchdown pass with the failed extra point making it 6-0 Huskies with 12:44 left in the first quarter.
Arizona proceeded to go three and out before Washington took over on its own 31-yard line. Price ran for six yards before Bishop Sankey added ten. Three plays later, Sankey ran for nine, but Price threw an interception to Shaq Richardson and Arizona gained possession on its own 45-yard line.
For the third straight time to start the game, Arizona went three and out, this time giving the Huskies the ball on their own 22-yard line.
Sankey lost a yard before gaining nine on the ground. He then picked up the first with a four-yard run, but the drive basically stalled there and UW punted, giving Arizona the ball on its own 15.
Yet again, Arizona went three and out due in large part to a delay of game to start the drive. Washington took possession on its own 46-yard line. After a four-yard run by Sankey, Price found Smith for 11 yards. A fumbled snap caused the Huskies to lose ten yards and after a nine-yard run by Sankey, Arizona held its ground and forced a punt, taking the ball on its own seven.
Arizona got to third and six, but had another three and out and UW got a safety on a bad snap on the punt, taking an 8-0 lead with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
Kasen Williams took the safety kick to the Arizona 27-yard line and the first quarter ended with Washington on third and eight and up 8-0. On that third down to start the second quarter, Sankey only gained two yards on the ground. The ensuing 42-yard field went right through the uprights and UW took an 11-0 lead.
The Wildcats started on their own 18 with a five-yard run by Carey followed by a gain of four on the ground. Carey finally got a first down for Arizona with a 13-yard run, followed by a four-yard pass to Nate Phillips.
Unfortunately, the UA could not turn it into anything positive and had to punt with the Huskies taking over on their own 17-yard line.
Two plays into the drive, Sankey gained 16 on the ground and followed it up with seven. Once again, however, the defense made a stand and forced the punt with the offense trying to get something going on its own seven.
The drive started with a 16-yard pass to Phillips and Carey then gained six on the ground. He then scampered for nine yards, but Arizona failed to gain a yard on the next three plays and was forced to punt, giving the Huskies the ball on their own 45.
After a three-yard run by Sankey, Price gained 11 on the ground. Arizona proceeded to force a fourth and four situation, but an incomplete ball allowed Arizona to start the drive on its own 35.
Once again, Arizona went three and out and UW started its offense on its own 25. After an incomplete pass, Sankey gained a combined 13 yards on his next two carries.
Arizona then forced a third and four situation, but the Huskies were forced to punt after an incomplete pass.
The Wildcats actually got something going on their next drive. Carey gained five on the ground and Denker got the first down two plays later with a seven-yard run.
Then, on third down, Terrence Miller drew a pass interference penalty on UW. Carey proceeded to run for five yards and Samajie Grant for the first down with a five-yard grab.
Two plays later, Garic Wharton caught an eight-yard pass, but Arizona found itself in a fourth and two situation. Denker ran for 33 yards on the ground to get to the UW three and on third down, Carey ran it in from three yards out and the missed extra point put Arizona down 11-6 going into the half.
UW started on its own five-yard line with an 11-yard run by Sankey. Two plays later, Price hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins for 20 yards and three plays later followed it up with a gain of 15 to Williams.
After a short pass, Callier gained 11 on the ground and two plays later added 17 more. A facemask penalty put UW within scoring range and it only took two plays for Price to find ASJ for the one-yard touchdown, as the extra point gave the Huskies an 18-6 lead with 10:19 left in the third quarter.
Looking for an answer, Arizona started on its own 28-yard line. On second down, Johhny Jackson caught a six-yard pass and Carey picked up the first down with a four-yard run. Two plays later, Carey gained nine and then picked up another first down with a three-yard run.
Two plays later, Denker gained five on the ground and then found Grant for nine yards and the first down. On third down, Carey got a 24-yard pass on a wheel route and then ran for four more yards.
Arizona ran a fake reverse on the ensuing play and Denker got to the corner of the end zone, as the extra point put Arizona within 18-13 with 5:14 left in the third.
Arizona’s defense failed to hold on the next drive. Starting on its own 10, Sankey ran for four yards. Two plays later, price found Williams for 14 yards on third down. Two plays after that, he hit Smith down the middle of the field for 49 yards.
After a short run by Callier, Price scampered for 13 yards and Sankey took care of the rest, scoring from one yard out on third down as the extra point put the Huskies up 25-13 with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
Needing an answer, Arizona started on its own 28 with three consecutive runs by Carey that led to a first down. Both teams then exchanged 15-yard penalties before Carey ran for eight and followed it with a run for the first down. Unfortunately for Arizona, Washington forced a fourth and long and the Wildcats could not convert.
Arizona was able to get the ball back despite a first down completion from Callier and the Wildcats started on their own 15.
UW forced third down, but Carey picked up the first with a 13-yard reception. Three plays later, Carey got a first down with 10 yards on the ground. Terrence Miller proceeded to catch a ball for eight yards before Carey got the first with four more on the ground. After an eight-yard catch by Grant, Denker made an awful decision that led to an interception and basically ended Arizona’s chances.