News and Notes: Turnovers doom the Cats

News and Notes: Turnovers doom the Cats

It was a disappointing game for the Wildcats. They dominated the game statistically but found a way to lose. There was just one stat that the Wildcats did not dominate, turnovers. Five turnovers killed the Cats and propelled the Cardinal to the win.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Spencer Larsen. The Wildcat linebacker returned to the line-up and led the Cats with nine tackles, 1.5 for loss.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Late in the third quarter Richard Kovalcheck completed a 21 yard pass to Syndric Steptoe moving the UA down to the Stanford 19 yard line. The reception set up a few run plays before Bell ran five yards for the TD.

TURNING POINT

In the first half, Arizona had three turnovers on three consecutive drives, all close to, if not in, Stanford territory. Two of those three resulted in Stanford's first half scores.

LONG TIME NO SEE

This is the first meeting between the UA and Stanford since the 2002 season. That game took place in Stanford and the Cardinal won 16-6. Both teams have new coaches today.

TURNOVERS

The UA turned the ball over five times on the night. Stanford scored three times off of Wildcat miscues. The final interception occurred as Kovalcheck was trying to make something happen on fourth and 28.

STEPTOE'S STREAK

Today's game marked the 13 straight game with a Steptoe catch.

THIRD DOWN CONVERVERSIONS

Arizona started out the game strong completing passes on their first three, third down conversions, including 4 for 4 on their first drive. All things told, Arizona converted 9 of 19 third down conversions. Stanford converted just 1-of-12.

LENGTHY DRIVE

Arizona's first drive of the game marked the second time this season that Arizona scored on their first drive. It was the longest scoring drive in number of plays, 15, and time, 6:25.

GETTING IT ALL AT ONCE

Stanford had just 195 yards of total offense. 80 of those yards came on their first possession of the second half. They capped the drive with a touchdown, their only score that did not come off a Wildcat turnover.

DEBUTS

Ronnie Palmer made his Wildcat debut in the second quarter. He finished with three tackles, including half a sack.

Brandon Lopez made his debut at fullback after beginning his career at linebacker. Long snapper Sy Tomerlin and defensive tackle Dave Bertrand each had their first career tackles.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE

"Everybody is upset. It feels like we are plying tag with each other. One day the offense will do well an the defense wont' do so great, and then the next day the defense comes up and pays as hard as it can and the offense does not do what it needs to do. It has been a reoccurring theme. It is tiring."

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