As Arizona Football falls to 3-6 (1-5) on the year after their 45-20 loss to No. 12 Utah, we break down the numbers in the Wildcats’ defeat.
With the 2022 Arizona Football season dwindling, the Wildcats suffered yet tough defeat. Facing inclement weather and turning the ball over four times, the Wildcats fell to No. 12 Utah by a 45-20 final.
Fresh off of a competitive loss to USC last week, Arizona was hoping to get back on track against a talented Utes team, but ultimately, it wasn’t a day to remember for the Wildcats’ defense as Arizona gave up 45 points and surrendered 457 yards of offense.
After suffering its fourth straight loss, Arizona Football has now fallen to 3-6 (1-5) on the season, and just a few games remain.
306 –Arizona’s defense has been atrocious this season, and once again, the Wildcats were completely overmatched in this one, especially with its run defense.
Facing a far more physical and talented Utah, the Wildcats found themselves in a tough spot as they surrendered 457 yards of offense and scored 45 points.
Using a dynamic rushing attack, the Utes used several weapons out of the backfield, rushing for 306 yards and five touchdowns.
67 – Still struggling to get the other team off the field, Utah was able to convert on eight of their 12 third-down attempts yesterday, which is an impressive 67 percent conversion rate. Overall, it was a big reason that the Utes were able to sustain drives and score 45 points.
3 – On Saturday, the Wildcats’ offense was all out of sorts. Chalk it up to the bad weather, Utah’s stout defense, the fumbles, etc. either way there was a multitude of things that went wrong for Arizona’s offense, but to me, one of the worst things was the Wildcats converting on just three third downs.
Going 3-11 on the day, the Wildcats couldn’t sustain drives, and it allowed Utah’s offense to work with shorter fields and ultimately leading to their 45-20 drubbing.
7 – Arizona typically does well in protecting the football; however on Saturday against Utah, that was not the case. Against the Utes, the Wildcats fumbled the ball seven times, losing four of them.
By giving Utah shorter fields to work with, Arizona did itself no favors by turning that many times. As a result, Arizona lost 45-20.
1 – Generating its first sack in what feels like forever, either way, Arizona only generated just one sack against the Utes on Saturday, and the pass rusher for the Wildcats continues to remain non-existent.
That is not good enough if Arizona hopes to slow down opposing defenses!