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Back in Sin City: UA returns to site of Las Vegas Bowl victory

2013-09-07T00:00:00Z 2013-09-07T15:50:32Z Back in Sin City: UA returns to site of Las Vegas Bowl victoryDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Linebacker Ronnie Palmer hoisted the Las Vegas Bowl trophy after Arizona’s 31-21 win over BYU in the Wildcats’ first bowl game in 10 years.

Arizona hasn’t played UNLV in Las Vegas before, but the UA is no stranger to Sin City.

Surely you remember the UA’s 31-21 win over then No. 17 BYU in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl. It was the Wildcats’ first bowl appearance since a 23-20 win over Nebraska in the 1998 Holiday Bowl.

Ten years later, in front of 40,047 fans on a chilly night (there probably won’t be half as many there tonight), quarterback Willie Tuitama led the Wildcats by passing for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Delashaun Dean and Chris Gronkowski both caught touchdown passes and Nicolas Grigsby rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

The game was also memorable for one other reason. It marked the final game of the Rob Gronkowski era at Arizona. The star tight end finished with four catches for 27 yards.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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