Looking down from high atop Sentinel Peak (“A” Mountain), widespread afternoon views of Tucson lie below. Looking up at this peak from campus, the rock-formation “A” is a beacon of pride for Wildcat fans. Even though night games are a common trend at Arizona, gameday action builds a grand crescendo all day long.
77 points – record. 499 rushing yards – record. 792 total yards – record. Thank you for visiting, Northern Arizona. Mind turning out the lights when you leave?
Arizona used their FCS neighbors to the north to dust off their record book and replace a few old numbers. The Wildcats came out struggling a bit, but then chopped down the Lumberjacks with a forest full of offense.
Pacific 12 northwest weather hit old mountain west country. Utah has assimilated nicely into the new conference and today’s rainy weather had Ute fans hoping it would thwart Arizona’s desert comfort zone. The Wildcats reportedly conducted practices under the sprinklers to better prepare.
The drizzly skies wouldn’t keep Utah faithful from witnessing this matchup of conference heavyweights. Tailgating lots all around Rice-Eccles Stadium filled up with smoking grills and wind whipped flags. The marching band made its way through the parkas and raincoats to treat hearty fans to a little pregame entertainment. The celebration moved nearer to the stadium as fans and band members welcomed the team on the traditional Ute Walk. Evidence of anticipation for this big matchup stretched beyond the nearby radius and rattled through the streets of Salt Lake City. Fans filled Rice-Eccles to the corners and were treated to a relatively rainless first quarter.
Arizona would treat the fans to a first and second quarter scoring torrent. Utah suddenly faced a 21-0 deficit that seemed insurmountable. The rain picked up and soon became a fitting backdrop for Utah’s depressing outcome on the field. Despite a slight offensive spark and rousing halftime performance from the surrounding Ute Tribe, the Wildcats would shift into high gear during the fourth quarter sending the red clad patrons to an early exit. Impressively, The Utah fan base supported their struggling team through all the ups and downs. The atmosphere here and strong fan backing make it a perfect fit for major football in the Pac 12. This lopsided loss to Arizona is not an indicator of the mountains they can move in their new conference.
Wisconsin will have to swap their recipes for success. Last week, their cake nearly fell in the oven with the stumbling and bumbling that occurred in the kitchen versus a docile Northern Illinois team a week prior. The undefeated Wildcats from Tucson certainly would not be as forgiving as the Huskies were. New ingredients needed to be added to the mix in order to present a delectable victory that all Badger fans can savor.