Tucson, Ariz. – Arizona’s two-minute offense came up short on UA’s final drive as the Wildcats fell 24-17 at home to Washington State to move to 6-4 on the season.
Quarterback B.J. Denker threw for one touchdown and racked up 200 yards passing to go along with 76 yards on the ground. With 132 yards, Ka’Deem Carey rushed for more than 100 yards for his 13th-straight game. Carey also had a pair of touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.
The Cougars took an early lead with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by Marcus Mason with seven minutes left in the first. They continued their scoring as the Arizona defense held the Cougars to a field goal to make the score 10-0 in WSU’s favor.
After two unanswered scores, the Wildcats rushed down the field with under two minutes left in the first quarter. On the drive, Carey began with a 13-yard rush, which then resulted in Phillips recording 18 yards between a rush and a pass. Carey recorded a 30-yard rushing touchdown to cut the lead 10-7.
To begin the scoring in the second quarter, the Cats successfully collected four first downs that ended with Denker connecting with Carey for a seven-yard pass. The extra point was the second successful kick by Jake Smith. The drive gave the Cats the lead, 14-10.
Despite UA’s defensive efforts, Connor Halliday connected a 23-yard pass touchdown to River Cracraft to start the second half scoring. Immediately following the Cougar’s drive, the Cats were able to tie the game, 17-17, with a field goal by Smith.
The remainder of the third quarter went scoreless but with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cougars drove 80 yards in 10 plays, punctuated by a 25-yard Halliday touchdown pass to Isiah Myers to give the Cougars a 24-17 lead.
The Wildcats began their final drive with 2:15 remaining and drove 62 yards to the Washington State 13-yard line. UA ran out of time, however, when Denker’s final hurl toward the endzone forced Arizona's receiver out-of-bonds for no catch.
The Wildcats return to action Sat., Nov. 23 when it welcomes Oregon to Arizona Stadium.