Mike Stoops paced the sidelines and shouted orders.
He acted like his usual animated self after spending part of Friday in a hospital being treated for a kidney stone attack.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their concern for my health," Stoops said after his Arizona football team beat Washington State 48-20 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
"I'm fine and felt great during the game. I obviously feel a lot better now than I did earlier. I should be fine. I don't know what the prognosis is for kidney stones, but we'll find out as we go on."
Stoops checked into University Medical Center on Friday morning because of abdominal pain consistent with kidney stones, according to an athletic department spokesman. He underwent two hours of treatment, was prescribed painkillers and released.
A kidney stone attack can be caused by dehydration. Stoops is expected to see UMC doctors Monday for evaluation.
A must-win game
In terms of bowl-game hopes, Saturday's game was a must-win for both Arizona and Washington State. Now 2-3, the Cougars are in a dire situation.
They next face a treacherous schedule of No. 23 Arizona State, No. 11 Oregon, UCLA and No. 6 Cal. WSU's other losses were to No. 9 Wisconsin and top-ranked USC.
"It was very important to us because we have a tough schedule coming up and we needed this win, and we thought we were going to come in here and get this win," said running back Dwight Tardy, who led the Cougars with 66 yards rushing. "They're a good team, but we thought offensively we could score points on them. It didn't go our way."
Tight end Jed Collins, who caught 10 passes for 89 yards and hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, said the loss would not be devastating.
"It was important. It was a chance to go 1-0 (in the Pac-10), get another win. Is it devastating for our season? Absolutely not," he said. "We're going to come out Tuesday ready to go and get better. It was a tough loss to take. The locker room is kind of going through troubles right now. We'll be back fighting as a family and that's what we need to focus on right now."
Man of few words
WSU coach Bill Doba spoke to a small group of television and print reporters for less than 90 seconds after the game. He was short and to the point.
"They played well. We got beat," he said. "They were quicker and faster. We tried to slow up the run. Offensively, we played well enough. We just didn't give our offense good field position. (We) did a couple times; couldn't score in the second half."
Asked if he was surprised the UA came out running the ball so much, Doba said, "Yeah. We worked on a three-man front to try to slow down the pass. We had been halfway decent against the run."
WSU finished with 347 yards passing, one yard more than Arizona, but with just 71 yards rushing.
"They kind of played us straight up," Tardy said. "They just beat us, straight up. They're a pretty good defensive team."
Record for Brink
Quarterback Alex Brink was 35 of 56 and set WSU career attempts record at 1,145. He entered the game 29 attempts short of Jason Gesser's mark. Brink also has school records for completions.
"(The UA) played us soft and gave us a lot of stuff underneath," Brink said. "We wanted to take chances downfield and we weren't able to do that."
Odds and ends
● Safety Dominic Patrick left the game shortly before halftime with a sprained knee.
● Wide receiver Mike Turner did not dress for the game.
● Keenyn Crier kicked a 55-yard punt – Arizona's only punt of the game — with 5:50 left in the third quarter.
● Cornerback Devin Ross returned the first interception of his career 24 yards in the second quarter. Brink, who tackled Ross at midfield, had thrown three picks in his four previous games.
Missing a record
Junior Jason Bondzio attempted a 59-yard field goal on third-and-14 as time expired in the first half. He missed wide left — and missed a school record. The longest field goal in UA football history is 57 yards, a record held by three players, the most recent Jon Prasuhn in 1995.
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