BOULDER, Colo. -It was, to put it bluntly, a perfect microcosm of a crummy season.
The Arizona Wildcats lost to Colorado, 48-29, today, giving the Buffaloes their first-ever Pac-12 victory in front of 48,111 fans on Senior Day.
The Buffaloes never trailed, and set records for their largest lead of the season.
Of all the scores and mistakes, were there one play to encapsulate the disastrous game, it would be this: in the second quarter, the Wildcats failed to convert a Third-and-1 and lined up to punt.
With 3:26 to play in the half, Kyle Dugandzic prepared for the snap. It was a bit to his left, and low, so he reached for it.
In doing so, he dropped his knee and caught the ball. He was ruled down. The play was as good as a blocked punt for the Buffaloes, who took over at the 28 and scored, three plays later, on a 17-yard Josh Ford run that marked his first touchdown in three years, dating to his senior year in high school.
The third quarter got uglier.
Arizona (2-8, 1-7) faked a punt, but got stuffed. It tried a 57-yard field goal that fell 15 yards short.
And then Colorado (2-9, 1-6) scored its fifth touchdown on a trick play. At the 14-yard line and up 27-10 - the Buffs' largest lead of the year, against anyone - Tyler Hansen handed off to Rodney Stewart, running right. The halfback took three steps, stopped and threw the ball back to Hansen, who had sprinted up the left sideline.
He caught the ball and tumbled into the end zone.
The UA pulled within 17 points when Tra'Mayne Bondurant intercepted Hansen's pass and returned it 29 yards for a score.
Arizona got within 11 on a David Douglas touchdown catch with 10:33 to play, but watched helplessly as the Buffaloes marched and sealed the game on Stewart's 11-yard run with about seven minutes to play.
The Wildcats scored again Ka'Deem Carey's 1-yard run and got the on-side kick - only to throw an interception on the next play.
Stewart scored the team's ninth touchdown on a 9-yard run.
He gave CU a lead on their first drive of the game on a 5-yard scamper, three plays after quarterback Hansen threw a 39-yard strike to receiver Kennan Canty.
The Wildcats parried with an 11-play, 60-yard drive that took about six and a half minutes and ended in a 25-yard John Bonano field goal.
The Buffaloes took a risk in scoring their second touchdown. After the UA allowed a 21-yard pass on Third-and-23, CU decided to go for it fron the Wildcats' 5. Backup running back Tony Jones caught a pass, wide-open, on the right flat for a score. The kick failed.
Freshman running back Ka'Deem Carey's 1-yard run with 6:28 to play in the first half pulled the Wildcats within a field goal, 13-10.
The Buffaloes took a 20-10 lead into halftime.
John Elway, the former Denver Broncos star who became their executive vice president, stood on the sidelines to scout Nick Foles. The wind, however, has made accurate passing more difficult.
Still, Foles set the program's all-time career passing yards with a 9-yard Fourth down pass to Gino Crump in the fourth quarter. He passed Willie Tuitama's 9,221 yards, gained from 2005-08.
Check back here for an update by Patrick Finley at the end of the game.
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