TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver David Douglas #85 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the football after a reception against the UCLA Bruins during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on October 20, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona vs. Washington: Wildcats Lose 42-31 To Huskies

The Wildcats finally have their first conference win and are preparing for the Huskies. What do they need to do to win Saturday's Pac-12 matchup?

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Arizona Vs. Washington Recap: Wildcats Lose To Huskies 42-31

After a thrilling back-and-forth game through the first three quarters, the Arizona Wildcats defense was unable to contain the Washington Huskies, whose offense had too much left in the tank and took a fourth-quarter lead that they never surrendered.

The story of the game was Washington's running back, junior Chris Polk. Polk had 34 carries that netted him 134 rushing yards and four touchdowns, thus ensuring -- if he wasn't headed that way already -- that he will be having "Married...With Children" lines quoted at him for the rest of his life.

Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles was 32-for-50 with 388 passing yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. Robert Golden delivered the highlight of the night with his amazing 91-yard-and-then-some pick-six. If you want to watch that (you really want to watch it, trust me), just click here.

Not the easiest loss for Arizona to take, particularly considering that they had a 31-28 lead early in the fourth quarter. in the end, they didn't have as much stamina as the Huskies did, and Washington picked up the win.

Your fellow Wildcats fans can help you cope with this loss. Visit them at Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona Vs. Washington Score Update: Wildcats Lead 31-28 In Fourth Quarter

What started out as a hard-fought scuffle between the Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies has turned into a real thriller.

The highlight of the night so far came in the third quarter, when Arizona's Robert Golden made what was possibly the most thrilling pick-six of the year. He caught a tipped ball thrown by keith Price, scrambled the width of the field looking for a route, and then ran the length of it to find Washington's end zone. He was running on fumes by the time he crossed the goal line, but thanks to his nimble moves and some spectacular blocking, he ended up with a 91-yard touchdown return. One two-point conversion later, and the Wildcats had tied the score at 21-21.

Washington's Chris Polk but the Huskies back on top with his second touchdown rush of the game, but less than two minutes later, the score was once again tied 28-28 after Nick Foles connected with Juron Criner in the end zone.

The fourth quarter opened with Foles trying to complete another successful Wildcats drive to the end zone. Unfortunately, the Huskies defense stopped Arizona in the red zone, and the Wildcats had to settle for John Bonano's third field goal of the night, which was still good enough to put the Wildcats ahead, 31-28. That's where things stand at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Sweat it out with your fellow Wildcats fans over at Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona Vs. Washington Score Update: Wildcats Trail 14-13 At The Half

The Arizona Wildcats are taking on the Washington Huskies, and the first half of the game has yielded a very close contest so far. Heading into halftime, the Huskies are clinging to a 14-13 lead.

John Bonano has helped get the Wildcats on the board and keep them in the game. He kicked a 36 yard field goal in the first quarter to open the scoring, and in the second quarter kicked a 47-yarder.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles contributed to the scoring with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Juron Criner. After Arizona scored 10 unanswered points in the first quarter, the Huskies kept the Wildcats scoring to Bonano's field goal and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns by Jermaine Kearse and Chris Polk to take the lead, 14-13.

With about two and a half minutes left in the first half, Arizona was able to halt a substantial Huskies drive when Marquis Flowers intercepted a Keith Price pass. Arizona then went three-and-out and were forced to punt it back to Washington.

To exchange virtual high-fives or grumblings of worry with your fellow Wildcats fans, please visit Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona vs. Washington: Start Time, TV Coverage, Radio and More

If the Arizona Wildcats hope to save their season, they must come away with a road victory against the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Three weeks ago, this seemed impossible with Mike Stoops at the helm. Now? This is a UA football program showing new signs of life under interim head coach Tim Kish.

These two teams had completely opposite results in their last game. The 'Cats thumped UCLA 48-12, while the 'Dawgs fell 65-21 to the Stanford Cardinal. Both teams need a win badly this weekend and fans should prepare for a great evening of football.

Here is all of the game day coverage to get you ready for the Pac-12 showdown:

Kickoff Time: 10:30 EDT / 7:30 PDT

Opening Line: Arizona enters as 4.5-point underdogs.

TV Coverage: Fox Sports Net will cover the game nationally. ROOT Sports will air the game locally in Washington and the surrounding areas. 

Radio: 1290 AM The Source will air the game in Tucson. ESPN Radio will also cover the game nationally.

Weather Report: The Wildcats will need to adjust to a climate change with the forecast expecting temperatures in the low-40's at kickoff. No rain is expected on Saturday.

For more on UA athletics, check out Arizona Desert Swarm.


Arizona vs. Washington: Keys To The Game and What To Watch For

This is a big conference matchup for both the Arizona Wildcats and Washington Huskies. Let's take a look at a few keys to the game and what to watch for:

The Running Games:

Chris Polk is an animal for the Huskies. He's big, fast and makes the correct read while carrying the ball. If Arizona is able to at least slightly slow down Polk, it creates a lot of problems for Washington. If they cannot slow him down, it's going to be a long, long day for the Wildcats.

For Arizona, it's all about building off their success on the ground the last two weeks. The "full-house" formation has worked well and opposing defenses have not had much luck stopping it. If the 'Cats can run the ball effectively, they'll have a chance tonight.

Arizona's Depleted Secondary:

Adam Hall and Jonathan McKnight are out for the season. Shaquille Richardson is out for Saturday's game because of a suspension. Will Trevin Wade, Robert Golden and Marquis Flowers be enough to slow down the UW passing attack? Will they be able to contain Chris Polk should he break into the secondary? My guess is no, but you never know.

Jason Bonano's Kicking Success:

After being one of the worst kicking teams in the nation for nearly two months, Jason Bonano was perfect in his first start as place-kicker against UCLA. Heck, he was even named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. In a loud, hostile atmosphere, will Bonano be able to come through again? Arizona cannot afford empty trips to the red zone.

For more on this game, check out Arizona Desert Swarm and UW Dawg Pound.


Arizona vs. Washington Injury Report: Five Secondary Players Out For Wildcats

Of the seven projected starters at the linebacker, cornerback and defensive back positions, the Arizona Wildcats will be without four of them on Saturday night due to injury and suspension.

Here is Ted Miller's final injury report:


LB Jake Fischer, knee, out
CB Shaquille Richardson, suspended, out
DB Jourdan Grandon, suspended, out
CB Mark Whatley, suspended, out first half
CB Lyle Brown, suspended, out first half


CB Adam Long, knee, out
S Taz Stevenson, knee, out
S Justin Glenn, foot, probable


In addition to the injury to Fischer and suspensions, the team is also without Jonathan McKnight and Adam Hall, two players who have missed most of the season with ACL injuries. In a bit of good news for Arizona, both Juron Criner and Dan Bucker have been completely healthy all week in practice and should be good to go.

Washington will not have to deal with too many injuries, though the team was beaten up pretty badly after a blowout loss last week. It will be interesting to see if UW comes out hungry or hungover against the Wildcats.

Fans should check out Arizona Desert Swarm and UW Dawg Pound for further coverage.


Arizona vs. Washington Odds: Wildcats Open As Underdogs On Road

After dismantling the UCLA Bruins last week, the Arizona Wildcats have momentum on their side as they prepare for the Washington Huskies. The 'Cats will be traveling to Seattle this weekend and are facing a UW team that just allowed 65 points to Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

Arizona opens as an eight-point underdog against the Huskies, according to Odds Shark. This is a fairly generous number for UA, especially with half of their defense out due to either injury or suspension.

Despite the rough loss last weekend, the Huskies are a very talented team and enter the game at 5-2 on the season, including a 3-1 record in Pac-12 play. UW will be hungry to get their season back on track and that begins with winning at home against a lesser opponent.

For Arizona, it's all about building off their last victory. A nice balance between the passing and rushing attack was established early and the defensive line got pressure on the opposing quarterback for the first time in weeks. If Arizona is able to move the ball efficiently, as well as avoid the big plays on defense, they have a chance to win their second straight conference game on Saturday.

For more on the Wildcats, check out AZ Desert Swarm.


Arizona vs. Washington: Wildcats Running Game Improving

The Wildcats finally have their first conference win and are preparing for the Huskies. What do they need to do to win Saturday's Pac-12 matchup?

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