By Craig Degel
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Should the Wildcats find it difficult to walk this week, it may be from repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot Saturday night.
If it wasn't turnovers, it was untimely penalties that killed any chance that Arizona may have had to salvage a victory.
"We're just a day late and a dollar short," Arizona head coach Dick Tomey said.
The Wildcats committed five turnovers, two of which resulted in the deciding 14 points.
Less than one minute into the game, UA running back Gary Taylor was stripped of the football by Washington free safety Lawyer Milloy and Deke Devers recovered on the UA 20-yard line. Three plays later, the Huskies were in the end zone.
"We built ourselves a horrendous hole in the first quarter," Tomey said. "Then we dug ourselves out of it, but dug ourselves one again in the third quarter."
But the one play that signified Arizona's night on offense occurred late in the second quarter with the Wildcats deep in Husky territory.
On first-and-10 from Washington's 18-yard line, UA quarterback Dan White connected with fullback Charles Myles, who took the ball to the 8-yard line. But the play was for naught because left guard Frank Middleton was flagged with a personal foul for an illegal chop block. The 19-yard penalty moved the Wildcats back to the Husky 37. Three plays later, kicker Jon Prasuhn was wide right on a 42-yard field goal.
The UA later added a field goal but still went into the locker room down seven points.
With 5:05 remaining in the third, White threw a pass that was tipped by Myles into the waiting hands of Husky defensive back Ikaika Malloe. Fortunately for the Wildcats, UW kicker John Wales missed a 42-yarder of his own.
On the Wildcats' next possession, the Huskies dealt the knockout blow. White was crushed by Malloe at his own 31-yard line. His fumble was picked up by David Richie, who then lived every defensive lineman's dream by running it back for a
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