By Justin Spears/Arizona Daily Star
The Wildcats lost their Pac-12 opener 30-24 to No. 23 Utah Friday and fell to 2-2. Arizona lost its third consecutive conference opener and five turnovers including four from quarterback Brandon Dawkins cost the Cats down the stretch.
Where does Arizona go from here?
Arizona could've won its Pac-12 opener Friday night, but "costly mistakes" put this Wildcats in a position of uncertainty moving forward.
Here's a look at the most interesting things said following Friday night's loss to Utah, as documented by The Wildcaster Twitter page.
1. Mistakes were made, but the Cats were competitive
Rich Rodriguez said turnovers cost Arizona, and the Wildcats' mistakes on offense are easily fixable. Rodriguez said the team could still compete for the Pac-12 South.
Rich Rodriguez “frustrated” after Arizona’s tough loss to Utah. RichRod talks about the mistakes and moving forward. pic.twitter.com/gJi1sogTXv— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) September 23, 2017
2. Dawkins missing Trevor Wood for TD, defense taking steps forward
Arizona was facing fourth down deep in Utah territory Friday night when Brandon Dawkins threw an incomplete pass to Devaughn Cooper.Dawkins missed tight end Trevor Wood, who was wide open down the field without a defender within six or seven yards of him.
Here's RichRod on Wood as the option on that play, and how the Wildcats' defense has progressed:
RichRod on Dawkins not hitting Trevor Wood in the third quarter on what could’ve been a TD, defensive effort. pic.twitter.com/3eI6UimgEx— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) September 23, 2017
3. Arizona needs to learn from mistakes
RichRod on Arizona’s young defense competing. Says he wants them to learn how to win. pic.twitter.com/FmdNPl4ERx— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) September 23, 2017
4. Game slipped right through Arizona's fingers
Brandon Dawkins on losing to Utah. Says the game never felt out of reach. pic.twitter.com/9FE1D0JpOP— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) September 23, 2017
5. Arizona shouldn't dwell on loss given the way its defense played
Freshman LB Tony Fields II says the defense can’t “dwell” on this game and the defense overall played well. pic.twitter.com/J365IbkvNV— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) September 23, 2017