Despite a red hot start, the Wildcats fell in a nail biter to the #24 ranked Utah Utes 38-29 at home on Saturday afternoon.
The afternoon started off right for the Cats, who responded to an early Utah touchdown with back to back scores of their own. Quarterback Will Plummer drew first blood for the Cats, ripping a 43 yard run up the gut to tie the score at 7 in the 1st quarter. He followed this up on the Cats next drive by delivering a screen pass to running back Michael Wiley who would notch another touchdown for the Cats, improving the score to 14-7.
Utah would quickly strike back in the 2nd quarter with two well put together drives that ended in touchdowns, the latter of the two coming with seconds expiring in the half.
After a slew of field goals for both sides, a late 3rd quarter strike from Utes quarterback Cameron Rising to Dalton Kincaid put Arizona in a dangerous spot.
Just as the as the Wildcats seemed to be down and out, a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown by strong safety Rhedi Short put the Cats within two points early in the fourth quarter. However on the ensuing drive, Utah made a crucial 4th down conversion to keep the ball away from Arizona and would go on to score its fourth touchdown of the afternoon, crushing the Wildcats chances at victory.
In spite of being 24 point underdogs, Arizona stepped up to the plate today, and for that we can celebrate.
Will Plummer finished the day 19-33 for 238 yards and 1 touchdown, he also lead the team in rushing with 50 yards on 10 carries. Dorian Singer lead the Wildcats in receiving with 6 receptions for 105 yards.