Date: Nov. 17, 2012
What went down: Trailing by seven entering the fourth quarter, the Wildcats outscored Utah 17-0 in the final frame and went on to win 34-24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.
John Bonano iced the win with a
24-yard field goal with 1:15 to play.
How it read: The Star’s Ryan Finley pointed out how much fun the Wildcats had in their 10-point win. He wrote:
“With eight minutes remaining in Saturday’s 34-24 win over the Utes, the team came to life on the sideline. The team’s travel roster, coaches and trainers all bounced like fools as House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ blared over the Rice-Eccles Stadium speakers.
“Saturday was a night to celebrate, even if the visitors didn’t play their best game. Arizona scored 17 fourth-quarter points on the way to its first road victory in nearly a year, and just the team’s second win away from home since Nov. 1, 2010.
“With Saturday’s win, Arizona (7-4 overall, 4-4 Pac-12) improved its bowl standing while eliminating the Utes (4-7, 2-6) from the postseason.”
Turning point: Daniel Jenkins scored on a 2-yard run with 13:55 remaining in the game to tie the score at 24. Less than three minutes later, Matt Scott found Austin Hill for an 18-yard score to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Stats that matter: Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, and Jenkins added 42 yards on seven carries. Arizona rushed for 320 yards on 46 carries.
It’s history: The Wildcats lost one week later in their regular-season finale to Arizona State 41-34 but rebounded in the New Mexico Bowl, shocking Nevada 49-48 with an improbable comeback in the final minutes.
Utah won its season finale one week later against Colorado, but missed out on a bowl game.