Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, November 26, 2005
The Arizona football team failed to
hold off Arizona State yesterday
despite a 15-point second-half lead,
losing 23-20 in Sun Devil Stadium.
Arizona State kicker Jesse Ainsworth
kicked a 20-yard, game-winning field
goal with six seconds remaining to
grant ASU (6-5, 4-4 Pacific 10
Conference) not only repossesion of
the Territorial Cup, but also a
berth in the Insight Bowl in
Senior running back Mike Bell rushed
for 116 yards and a touchdown on 27
carries in his final game in a
Wildcat uniform, but missed most of
the second half with a leg bruise.
His 952 yards on the ground this
season were a career high and put
him in fourth place on Arizona's
all-time rushing list.
Rudy Burgess carried seven times for
43 yards on the game-winning
possession, including a 16-yard run
to the Wildcats' one-yard line.
Quarterback Rudy Carpenter fell to
the ground on the next play to set
up Ainsworth's kick.
Freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama
completed 19 of his first 24 passes
before throwing an interception
early in the fourth quarter, with
the Wildcats (3-8, 2-6) leading
Tuitama fell hard on his throwing
shoulder on the play after being
slammed to the turf. He did not
return, finishing with 194 passing
yards and a touchdown.
ASU soon capitalized when Terry
Richardson ran a Nick Folk punt 71
yards for his second return
touchdown of the season.
Carpenter threw a quick pass to
tight end Zach Miller on the ensuing
play to get the two-point conversion
and tie the game at 20.
Folk kicked a 46-yard field goal
with 8:01 left in the third quarter
to give Arizona a 20-5 lead.
Subsequent injuries to Bell and
Tuitama stifled the Wildcats'
offense and forced backup
quarterback Richard Kovalcheck to
see his first significant action in
Junior wide receiver Syndric Steptoe
had game highs of 11 catches for 128
Freshman wideout Mike Thomas, the
Wildcats' leading receiver who broke
his hand during a 38-14 loss to
Washington Nov. 12, did not get a
Arizona finishes with three wins for
the second straight year under head
coach Mike Stoops, who led the
Wildcats to a 34-27 win over ASU
last season at Arizona Stadium. The
Wildcats are 44-34-1 all-time
against the Sun Devils.