TUCSON, AZ – Arizona Football (4-5, 2-4) drops its fourth straight game, reaching its lowest point of the season after losing to Oregon State at home.
Things are not good in Tucson. Despite bringing the throwbacks and honoring the late Dick Tomey, the Arizona Football team dropped its fourth-straight game of the season with the 56-38 loss to Oregon State at home.
It was just an ugly day from the start. The Beavers got the ball first, driving 75-yards in nine plays to make it 7-0.
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Khalil Tate and Arizona would respond by driving the field, to score a touchdown, but after an offensive holding, the Cats would instead settle for a field goal.
A three-and-out by the Beavers would give the ball right back, but more mistakes, poor execution and poor play calling would have Arizona settle for another field goal to make it 7-6.
Unfortunately that’s the closest it would get from here on out. Oregon State would drive the field, scoring on another touchdown to make it 14-6.
After a touchdown from Gary Brightwell from 38-yards out to make it 14-12, but a failed two-point conversion would put Arizona in a compromising situation.
The Beavers and Wildcats would exchange touchdowns on the next few possessions, but it was the defense who would ultimately fail in the first half here, getting no pressure on OSU’s Jake Luton, allowing the Beavers to score 35, first half points, taking a commanding 35-19 lead.
The second half wouldn’t be much better, as Arizona would go three-and-out to begin the half, giving up a touchdown very quickly to the Beavers to make it 42-19, virtually putting this one out of reach.
Arizona would do its best to climb back into this one, but after another touchdown with a failed two-point conversion, Arizona still trailed 42-25.
Then another touchdown by Brightwell would make it 42-31, but a missed extra point would leave more points on the board.
A three-and-out by OSU would give Arizona the ball right back, but after driving the field, Arizona would miss another opportunity by missing a fairly easy field goal.
Oregon State would respond by driving the field and scoring a touchdown to make it 49-31.
Not going away, Arizona and J.J. Taylor would drive the field, scoring to make it 49-38, but as fate would have it, the Wildcats would give up another touchdown to make it 56-38 and ultimately sealing the ball game.
With the loss, Arizona falls to 4-5 (2-4), and winning another game from here on out looks incredibly bleak. The Wildcats will have a bye week, but will travel to Eugene to take on Oregon, followed by a home game against a very talented Utah team at home.
Despite the change at defensive coordinator, the Wildcats looked weak, unprepared and un-confident, and are spiraling out of control this late into the season.
The lone bright spots today would be the play of freshman Grant Gunnell going 19 of 29 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile Taylor and Brightwell would combine for a combined 132 yards rushing on 31 carries with three touchdowns.
At Zona Zealots, we’re hoping the team can still respond and turn this thing around to end this thing on a high note. As always, Bear Down, Arizona!