The Arizona Wildcats lost their seven consecutive game Saturday night, falling to Colorado 49-24 in in front of an announced crowd of 41,068 at Arizona Stadium.
The seven-game losing streak is Arizona’s first since 2004, Mike Stoops’ first season as coach. The Wildcats fell to 2-8, 0-7 in the Pac-12.
Surging Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak against Arizona and improved to 8-2, 6-1.
With Anu Solomon taking over for Brandon Dawkins late in the third quarter, Arizona laid the groundwork for a miraculous comeback. But after trimming the deficit from 42-10 to 42-24 with 12:11 remaining, the Wildcats could get no closer. A pair of three-and-outs effectively ended the comeback bid.
Solomon completed 3 of 7 passes for 48 yards. Dawkins passed for 107 yards and ran for 81. Samajie Grant rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau accounted for 269 total yards and four touchdowns.
Arizona visits Oregon State next Saturday.
Colorado expanded its lead over Arizona to 42-10 after three quarters Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau passed for a touchdown and ran for one in the period. Liufau has thrown for 201 yards and three scores. He has rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries.
Arizona is 15 minutes away from its seventh consecutive loss. Colorado is on the verge of its fourth straight victory.
Arizona forced a three-and-out on the opening possession of the half, then drove to the Colorado 18-yard line. But a sack on third-and-3 pushed the Wildcats back 9 yards. Josh Pollack then missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt – his third miss in four tries.
Arizona has tied its season high with 11 penalties. The flags have cost the Wildcats a season-high 113 yards.
Arizona trails Colorado 28-10 at halftime of their game Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Penalties and other miscues have the Wildcats halfway to their seventh straight loss.
After Arizona made it 14-10 about midway through the second quarter, Colorado scored 14 unanswered points.
Even when the Wildcats seemed to be in position for a field goal just before the end of the half, things didn’t go their way. A questionable intentional-grounding penalty against Brandon Dawkins turned a 34-yard field-goal attempt into a 50-yarder. Josh Pollack missed it wide left.
Dawkins played the entire half, rushing for 75 yards and passing for 85. Colorado’s Sefo Liufau is 13 of 18 for 158 yards and two scores.
Big plays helped Arizona tie the score at 7-7. Dawkins’ 20-yard run and 50-yard pass to Shun Brown set up Samajie Grant’s 3-yard touchdown. Grant hurdled Colorado defensive end Jordan Carrell en route to the end zone.
The Buffaloes needed only four plays to break the tie. Phillip Lindsay’s second touchdown run, from 4 yards, made it 14-7. The key play: Liufau’s 47-yard pass to Shay Fields. On the previous play, cornerback Dane Cruikshank had gotten hurt. Liufau immediately picked on replacement Malcolm Holland.
A 45-yard Grant run set up Pollack’s 23-yard field goal to make it 14-10 with 8:22 left in the half. But Liufau threw touchdown passes on two of the next three Colorado possessions.
Arizona has been flagged nine times for 87 yards.
Penalties haven’t been a major problem for the Arizona Wildcats this season. It’s one of the few areas that hasn’t consistently hurt them.
Until the first quarter of tonight’s game against Colorado, that is.
Arizona has been flagged six times for 62 yards – a big reason the Wildcats trail the Buffaloes 7-0 at the end of one period at Arizona Stadium.
Arizona incurred a penalty on the opening kickoff, and it was one flag after another after that.
Colorado scored on its opening possession, aided by a defensive-holding call. Phillip Lindsay capped the 16-play, 81-yard drive with a 1-yard run.
Arizona advanced to the Colorado 20 on the next possession, but a chop-block penalty pushed the Wildcats back. They ended up settling for Josh Pollack’s 44-yard field-goal attempt, which hooked wide left.
Linebacker Michael Barton sacked Buffs quarterback Sefo Liufau on third-and-9 on the last play of the quarter.