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Mackovic's first game a defensive affair

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Wildcats throw 42 times in pass-happy scrimmage

In the end, John Mackovic's first Spring Game looked a lot like a Dick Tomey-run affair.

Highlighted by stellar defense and a lackluster offensive performance, Saturday's annual Spring Game at Arizona Stadium proved that the pass-happy offensive scheme that Mackovic hopes to implement in the fall isn't quite ready.

More than 4,500 UA fans - lured by free pregame food - opted to watch the scrimmage instead of the NFL Draft, which took place at the same time.

"We have only gotten part way through a long journey," Mackovic said after the game, in which the UA's Blue Team - made up of both offensive and defensive starters - knocked off the Red Team, 21-0. "I thought we did a nice job, but everybody still has a lot of work to do over the summer."

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