CORVALLIS, Ore. – Arizona Wildcats nose tackle Parker Zellers was sitting on his couch one night earlier this week when a thought crossed his mind.
“I was like, damn, I kind of forgot what it was like to win,” Zellers said. “It’s been awhile.”
It’s going to be at least a little while longer.
Arizona lost its eighth game in a row Saturday night, falling to Oregon State 41-17 in front of an announced crowd of 35,059 at Reser Stadium.
Both teams entered the game with 2-8 records. The Wildcats are the only team in the Pac-12 without a conference victory. After Kansas’ upset of Texas earlier Saturday, Arizona and Rutgers are the only Power Five schools without a league win in 2016.
All that’s left for Arizona is the season-ending Territorial Cup against Arizona State on Friday night. It’s a huge game for the Sun Devils. After losing at Washington on Saturday, 5-6 ASU needs to beat Arizona to become bowl-eligible.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Arizona Wildcats fell even deeper into the abyss in the third quarter against Oregon State on Saturday night.
Trailing by 11 points at halftime, Arizona is down 35-10 entering the final quarter at Reser Stadium.
The Wildcats are 15 minutes away from their eighth consecutive defeat.
Arizona seemed to have some momentum heading into the locker room after a trimming its deficit to 21-10 at the halftime buzzer. The Wildcats also had the ball first to start the second half.
But after an opening three-and-out by Arizona, Oregon State quickly went 45 yards in four plays. Marcus McMaryion’s fourth touchdown pass, a 35-yarder to Trevon Bradford, made it 28-10 with 11:32 left in the third quarter.
After another UA three-and-out, OSU went 73 yards in 10 plays. Ryan Nall’s 3-yard TD made it 35-10.
Brandon Dawkins started the second half at quarterback for Arizona. Anu Solomon started the game but exited in the second quarter because of injury.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Arizona Wildcats trail Oregon State 21-10 at halftime of their game Saturday night at Reser Stadium.
Arizona fell behind 21-7 late in the second quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Marcus McMaryion to Timmy Hernandez. The Wildcats countered with a 15-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Josh Pollack’s 22-yard field goal at the buzzer.
Brandon Dawkins took over at quarterback for Anu Solomon on Arizona’s first full possession of the second quarter. Solomon took a sack earlier in the quarter and got up slowly. He had his left shoe off as he walked to the locker room later in the period.
Solomon made his first start since Week 1 and completed 6 of 11 passes for 82 yards in the first half. Dawkins is 4 of 6 for 41 yards and a touchdown, his first TD pass since Oct. 29 against Stanford. The pass went to Nate Phillips, who scored for the first time this season.
McMaryion is 9 of 10 for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Nall has 82 rushing yards on 11 attempts.
Arizona is seeking to end a seven-game losing streak.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Another week, another bad start for the Arizona Wildcats.
Arizona trails Oregon State 14-0 after the first quarter of their game Saturday night at Reser Stadium. It’s the fourth week in a row the Wildcats have failed to score in the opening period.
Quarterback Anu Solomon made his first start for the UA since Week 1. He helped the Wildcats advance to the Beavers’ 26-yard line on his first series. But on fourth-and-6, his pass to Trey Griffey was broken up and fell incomplete.
Solomon later completed a 43-yard pass to Shun Brown. The Wildcats face second-and-12 from the OSU 16-yard line to start the second quarter.
Things didn’t go Arizona’s way from the very start. Josh Pollack attempted a pooch-style kickoff – even though that tactic didn’t work last week – and Oregon State started from its 47.
The Beavers advanced to the 38 before a penalty pushed them back to their original starting point. On the next play, Marcus McMaryion connected with Jordan Villamin for a 53-yard touchdown. Villamin caught a short slant past, broke Dane Cruikshank’s tackle and raced to the end zone.
McMaryion later threw an 11-yard TD pass to tailback Ryan Nall, who has 67 scrimmage yards. McMaryion is 7 of 7 for 93 yards.