Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Rachaad White (3) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State beats Arizona for fifth time in a row

Jack Jones forced a first-half fumble that led to an easy score and he delivered a knockout punch in the fourth quarter with a pick-six as the Sun Devils beat visiting rival Arizona 38-15 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) won the Territorial Cup for the fifth consecutive time, their longest streak in the series since winning nine in a row from 1965-1973, although this game was significantly closer than the 70-7 drubbing of last season.

Arizona (1-11, 1-8) was still within reach, trailing 31-15, when Jones stepped in front of a sideline pass from Will Plummer and was all alone for an 87-yard touchdown return with 9:49 to go in the game.

Arizona State ran for 228 yards, led by Rachaad White, who carried 21 times for 98 yards. Quarterback Jayden Daniels passed for just 86 yards, but he contributed the same total on the ground, including a 48-yard romp early in the second half that gave the Sun Devils a 21-9 lead.

Arizona often faced a loaded box when it had the ball. Plummer sometimes took advantage, completing 28 of 38 passes for 346 yards and one touchdown, but he gave away 14 points on the interception and the fumble caused by Jones as he attempted to scramble in the second quarter.

ASU recovered the bouncing ball at the Arizona 1 and scored one play later for a 14-6 lead with 12:12 to go before halftime.

Daniels threw for two touchdowns, both to Ricky Pearsall. His second came on a fade route from the slot as he hauled in a 14-yard pass with 4:50 to go in the third quarter. A two-point conversion gave the Sun Devils a 29-15 lead. The score became 31-15 when Arizona was penalized for holding in the end zone on a punt.

Arizona was effective in the first half but had to kick field goals on each of three trips into the red zone. ASU led 14-9 at the break.

The Wildcats scored only one touchdown on six red-zone trips in the game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver RJ Regan (21) makes a catch during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona looks to avenge last year’s 70-7 loss to ASU

Last year’s result looms large over the rivalry game between visiting Arizona and Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils posted an historic 70-7 victory in 2020 by recording a school-record 10 touchdowns, scoring the most points in a Territorial Cup game and winning by the largest margin. It was also the last contest for Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin. He was fired a day later.

A billboard still stands next to Interstate 10 on the drive from Tucson to Phoenix, reminding everyone of the final score, with the words: “No pity for the kitty.”

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch wasn’t part of the game, but he’s seen plenty of game tape and apparently needs no further introduction to an often bitter, heated rivalry.

“When it’s 63-7 and you call a pass on fourth-and-4, there’s something to that,” Fisch said. “We remember.”

The Wildcats (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) also remember Arizona State running back Rachaad White.

He was the MVP of last year’s game, rushing for 133 yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard romp.

White is the top offensive weapon for Arizona State (7-4, 5-3), which had hopes of winning the Pac-12 South but has lost three of its past five games. White had back-to-back games of 202 and 184 rushing yards earlier this month before he was held to 39 yards last week in a loss at Oregon State. He did contribute six catches for 86 yards against the Beavers, though.

“The running game has been pretty good,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “Last week, not so much. (Oregon State) got us in some bad downs and we weren’t able to run the ball like we would like. With that being said, if you have an efficient passing game, that helps you.”

The passing game hasn’t always been all that efficient, with quarterback Jayden Daniels completing 176 of 266 passes for 2,135 yards, with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Arizona’s offense has been among the worst in the nation, failing to reach 20 points in nine games. Quarterback Will Plummer (five TDs, eight interceptions) leads what often has been a short-passing attack. Stanley Berryhill III is a threat, catching 73 passes for 640 yards, and he can be dangerous on fly sweeps.

The Wildcats’ defense has been improved — ranking 61st nationally in yards allowed (376.2 per game) — but this will be the last game for coordinator Don Brown, who has accepted the head coaching position at UMass.

He would be fondly remembered at Arizona if he is part of a group that avenges the 2020 result.

“It’s clearly in the forefront of everybody’s mind since I arrived here,” Fisch said. “Not just the outcome of the season prior, but the importance of the game.”

Arizona State has won four in a row in the series, its longest streak since the teams joined the then-Pac-10 in 1978.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars linebacker Kyle Thornton (52) celebrates against the Arizona Wildcats in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State’s offense rolls in rout of Arizona

Jayden de Laura passed for four touchdowns and Max Borghi ran for a career-high 139 yards as Washington State handled Arizona 44-18 on a foggy, snowy Friday night in Pullman, Wash.

Calvin Jackson Jr. and Travell Harris each caught two touchdown passes to help the Cougars (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) reach bowl eligibility. De Laura completed 13 of 22 passes for 259 yards with no interceptions.

Borghi, a senior playing in his final home game, carried 16 times and eclipsed 2,000 career rushing yards in the win. His previous career-high rushing total for a game was 128 yards against New Mexico State to open the 2019 season.

Arizona (1-10, 1-7) trailed 37-7 in the third quarter but closed within 37-18 on a 27-yard pass from Will Plummer to Michael Wiley early in the fourth quarter. Washington State closed the door on any comeback attempt when Jackson slipped behind the defense over the middle for a 78-yard touchdown reception to make it 44-18 with 8:37 left.

Jackson caught four passes for 133 yards. Harris made six receptions for 95 yards.

Borghi’s second touchdown run, on a 2-yard option pitch early in the third quarter, helped give Washington State control with a 28-7 lead.

The Cougars rolled from there, blocking a punt for a safety and getting a 31-yard touchdown pass to Harris on the ensuing possession to make it 37-7 with 7:10 to go in the third quarter.

Plummer was 24-of-42 passing for 222 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

Washington State led 7-0 before a flurry of scoring late in the second quarter.

The Cougars pushed the lead to 14-0 on an 8-yard pass to Harris with 4:28 to go before halftime. Arizona responded with a 71-yard run by Drake Anderson that set up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Boobie Curry on fourth-and-2 to make it 14-7.

Washington State needed only 56 seconds to score again. Deon McIntosh busted loose for a 38-yard run before de Laura threw deep to Jackson for a 43-yard score with 1:26 remaining in the half.

–Field Level Media

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith (91) late in the 4th quarter of the 17-0 win at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.   Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Cardinals hope to have Kyler Murray back against Seahawks

It seems the Seattle Seahawks might not be getting any breaks when it comes to opposing quarterbacks this week, either.

After Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was cleared by COVID-19 protocols the day before the Seahawks met the Packers at snowy Lambeau Field, a game Green Bay won 17-0, it appears Arizona’s Kyler Murray is on the mend as the Cardinals prepare for this weekend’s trip to Seattle.

Murray, who has missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, returned to practice Wednesday.

“It’s one of those things where you’re not really making it worse even though it may feel that way,” Murray said. “Just kinda gotta get used to that and work through it. It gets better as it goes. …

“I’ve made crazy progress. I’m way further along than I thought I would be. And like coach said, I’m pretty close.”

Murray was in the midseason MVP conversation before the injury as he’s passed for 2,276 passing yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games. He leads the NFL with a 72.7 completion percentage.

“We’ll see,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said when asked about Murray returning against Seattle. “He was out there moving around pretty good (Wednesday) and has just gotten better each day. We shall see how it progresses …

“We gotta make sure he’s comfortable. I don’t have odds, but I’ve been hopeful each week that he could kinda turn the corner on it and hasn’t yet completely, but hopefully this is the week.”

The Cardinals (8-2), with a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West, have a bye next week so they could be cautious with Murray.

Kingsbury said backup Colt McCoy, who was knocked out of last Sunday’s 34-10 home loss to Carolina with a pectoral injury, should be ready to go if Murray isn’t.

Leading receiver DeAndre Hopkins has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury and still hadn’t returned to practice by midweek. Also missing practice time were defensive lineman Corey Peters (shoulder), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (calf), linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee), running back Jonathan Ward (concussion) and safety James Wiggins (knee).

The Seahawks (3-6) got quarterback Russell Wilson back last week after he missed three games following finger surgery, yet still suffered their first shutout since 2011 — the year before Wilson entered the league.

Wilson was 20 of 40 for 161 yards with two interceptions — both in the end zone.

“I felt confident in my hand,” Wilson said. “I felt confident with all the hard work. It was just a bad game in those two plays really. Those really were the defining moments of the game. When you’re playing good football teams, that’s usually what it is. They either go your way or they don’t. I didn’t play timid at all.”

Seahawks running back Chris Carson returned to practice last week after missing four straight games with a neck injury but wasn’t on the active roster for the game against the Packers.

Carson has missed practice time this week, and his status remains uncertain.

“What I would say is he didn’t make the positive progress that we would have hoped. We’re still working with him. I don’t have a good update for you,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Just have to wait a couple more days and we’ll have more.”

Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown suffered a hip strain against the Packers and has also missed practice this week, as have wide receiver DK Metcalf (foot), offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (back), tight end Gerald Everett (groin) and defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr. (calf).

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington State Cougars defensive end Brennan Jackson (80) tackles Oregon Ducks running back Travis Dye (26) during the second half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

WSU eyes bowl eligibility against increasingly feisty Arizona

Washington State needs one victory to become bowl eligible, and takes its first crack at it Friday night against visiting Arizona in Pullman, Wash.

The Cougars (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) are coming off a 38-24 loss at No. 3 Oregon, which ended a four-game conference winning streak. After hosting the Wildcats (1-9, 1-6), Washington State will close the regular season at Washington in the Apple Cup rivalry.

WSU is 1-2, including a 21-19 home loss to BYU, since Nick Rolovich and four assistants were fired for not complying with a mandate that all state employees in Washington be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“At the end of the day we’re getting better,” said Jake Dickert, who was elevated from defensive coordinator to acting head coach. “We’re still fighting. We’re getting to a point where I’m proud of this team and what we can still do. There’s a lot of things on the table for us and we’re going to keep fighting for these seniors.”

Quarterback Jayden de Laura leads the Cougars’ run-and-shoot offense, having completed 180 of 287 passes for 2,247 yards, with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Running back Max Borghi is also a threat, with 122 carries for 612 yards and eight touchdowns.

Arizona, which snapped a 20-game losing streak with a 10-3 win over much-pleated Cal on Nov. 6, has been competitive in all but one Pac-12 game this season — a 34-0 loss at Colorado. Otherwise, the Wildcats were within one score in the fourth quarter against Oregon, UCLA, Washington, USC, and Utah.

“That was the most upset I’ve seen our locker room in a while,” Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said after Saturday’s 38-29 home loss to Utah. “I think it was because they just feel like we’re there now.”

The nation’s worst turnover ratio — minus 1.4 per game — is one factor holding back the Wildcats.

Will Plummer, the only healthy scholarship quarterback on the roster, played his best game against the Utes, Fisch said. Plummer, who was third string earlier this season, did not throw an interception and contributed a 43-yard scoring run.

“He never got sloppy with the ball,” Fisch said.

For the season, Plummer has been picked off seven times in 187 attempts while throwing for three touchdowns. Arizona will show defenses a different look by having running back Michael Wiley and receiver Jamarye Joiner take direct snaps. Joiner, a former high school quarterback, is 4 for 9 passing with two TDs.

This is the teams’ first meeting since Nov. 17, 2018, when Washington State routed Arizona 69-28 in Pullman. In fact, the Cougars have scored 69 points in each of the past two meetings in Pullman, both of those when Mike Leach was their head coach.

–Field Level Media

November 7, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) catches the football against San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Shorthanded Cardinals still cruise past 49ers

James Conner ran for 96 yards and two scores and had five receptions for 77 yards and another touchdown, and the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-17 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday.

Colt McCoy was 22-of-26 passing for 249 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Kyler Murray, and Eno Benjamin ran for a TD for Arizona (8-1).

In addition to Murray being sidelined with an ankle injury, the Cardinals played without wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and A.J. Green (COVID-19).

Jimmy Garoppolo was 28-for-40 passing for 326 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the 49ers (3-5), George Kittle had six catches for 101 yards and a score, and Brandon Aiyuk had a TD catch.

The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead on Conner’s 13-yard touchdown run with 6:08 left in the first quarter.

On their next possession McCoy directed an 80-yard drive, capped by another Conner TD run, this one from a yard out to make it 14-0.

The 49ers drove deep into the Cardinals’ territory, but Aiyuk fumbled at the 13 and Arizona recovered. The Cardinals used 14 plays to move to the San Francisco 8 before settling for a 26-yard field goal.

The 49ers finally broke through just before the half when Garoppolo hit Kittle on a 6-yard TD pass to cut it to 17-7 at intermission.

Arizona came back on the first drive of the second half to go ahead 24-7 on Conner’s 45-yard TD catch.

The Cardinals forced a San Francisco punt on the ensuing drive and then struck again on their next possession, this time on Benjamin’s 21-yard TD run that made it 31-7.

The 49ers answered on their next possession, going 75 yards on six plays, finishing it with Garoppolo’s 11-yard TD pass to Aiyuk with 4:56 left in the third.

Two drives later, Robbie Gould kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it a two-touchdown game with 8:23 left.

San Francisco’s hope for a comeback ended when Budda Baker intercepted Garoppolo with 3:03 left to seal the win.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Status of Kyler Murray looms large in Cardinals-49ers

The Arizona Cardinals lost their status as the lone undefeated NFL team and look to move forward when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Santa Clara, Calif.

While the 1972 Miami Dolphins are celebrating being the league’s last unbeaten squad, Arizona (7-1) is striving to make sure one setback doesn’t turn into two.

The Cardinals sputtered often during their 24-21 home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

“We didn’t put our best foot forward and we feel we can be a lot better,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. “We’re going to play a division opponent on the road — one we’ve had great matchups with the last couple of years. Our guys will be on edge and ready to go.”

The big question for the Cardinals as they seek a regular-season sweep of the 49ers (3-4) is the health of quarterback Kyler Murray.

The MVP candidate injured his left ankle during the loss to the Packers, and he sat out practice Wednesday.

Murray and Kingsbury feel the quarterback can play even if he doesn’t practice all week.

“I think I’ll be good to go on Sunday if I just know the game plan and get the mental reps,” Murray said.

Kingsbury said it could turn out to be a game-day decision.

“He is the type of player with his ability and understanding of the system now, as long as he’s getting the mental reps, we feel good about him going out there and executing,” Kingsbury said.

Murray, who said the extra rest coming off of a Thursday game last week helped his recovery, has been sensational for Arizona this season and has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has rushed for three scores.

Journeyman Colt McCoy is Murray’s backup. He hasn’t thrown a pass this season and has an 8-22 record as a starter since entering the NFL in 2010.

Whoever plays quarterback won’t have veteran wideout A.J. Green or tight end Demetrius Harris on the field. Both players were placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

In addition, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is still bothered by an ailing hamstring and missed Wednesday’s practice.

Meanwhile, San Francisco is vying to even its record at .500 after recording a 33-22 road win over the Chicago Bears last Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for a season-best 322 yards and the 49ers racked up their most points since a season-opening 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions.

Garoppolo said the mood around the team took a step upward by ending a skid that began in late September.

“Whenever you go on a four-game slide like we did, to get out of it and getting back in the win column, you’ve got to enjoy it for that moment,” Garoppolo said. “We’ve got a good game plan in this week for Arizona. We know it’s a tough team coming in, one of the best in the league right now. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”

49ers tight end George Kittle (calf) was back on the practice field Wednesday after missing three games while on injured reserve. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said it was too soon to know if Kittle can play Sunday.

“I’m not counting on it a hundred percent,” Shanahan said of having Kittle.

Kittle hasn’t played since Week 4. He has 19 catches for 227 yards and no touchdowns this season.

Standout wideout Deebo Samuel missed practice Wednesday after aggravating his calf injury. Shanahan does expect to see Samuel on the field.

Samuel notched his fourth 100-yard receiving effort of the campaign with six catches for 171 yards against the Bears. He ranks second in the NFL with 819 receiving yards and has four scores among his 44 receptions.

Running back Elijah Mitchell (ribs) and left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) were among the other 49ers who sat out Wednesday.

Arizona recorded a 17-10 home win over the 49ers on Oct. 10 when Murray passed for 239 yards, his second-lowest output of the season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Gunner Cruz (9) throws the ball away under the pressure of Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Earl Tuioti-Mariner (91) at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Offense-challenged Arizona takes backup QB to Boulder

Arizona will try to end the nation’s longest losing streak with its backup quarterback when the Wildcats play at Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

Jordan McCloud, who showed promise in starting the past two games, suffered a season-ending leg injury in the fourth quarter of a 34-16 loss to UCLA on Saturday night. First-year coach Jedd Fisch will go back to Gunner Cruz, who started the first two games before losing his job.

Cruz passed for 336 yards in the opener against BYU but struggled against San Diego State in the next game.

“I believe in Gunner,” Fisch said of the Washington State transfer.

“Gunner won the job in training camp because of the way he was able to throw the football. We have to go back to that week of BYU preparation and remind him why he won the job and show him some of the good things he did against BYU.”

Arizona (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12) has lost 17 consecutive games. The Wildcats’ last victory was on Oct. 5, 2019, at Colorado.

The Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2) are coming off a bye week as they enter this basement battle in the Pac-12 South. They are on a four-game skid — although a 10-7 home loss to Texas A&M on Sept. 11 looks more impressive in hindsight.

Colorado, too, is facing quarterback questions. Freshman Brendon Lewis has completed 48 of 90 passes for 475 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

“Hopefully, the changes we’ve made are going to help us play more efficient and effective football,” Dorrell said of off-week tweaks. “We addressed a lot of things. Coaches’ roles, in terms of what the expectations are, the expectations we set for our players … they’ve owned up that we can be better.”

Colorado will try to unleash Jarek Broussard, the 2020 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He has been held in check this season, rushing for 256 yards on 60 carries in five games.

Arizona gave up 329 rushing yards last week to the Bruins and allow 219.4 per game, ranking 122nd in the nation.

Each offense has suffered from a lack of explosive plays. Colorado hasn’t scored more than 14 points in a game during its four-game slide. Arizona hasn’t reached 20 points in eight consecutive games, which includes a home loss to FCS Northern Arizona last month.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Jordan McCloud (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona starting QB Jordan McCloud done for season

Starting quarterback Jordan McCloud will be out the rest of the season, according to Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch, who announced the news Monday.

“This is not a nine-month or 12-month injury by any means,” Fisch said. “This is more of just unfortunately where we are in the season.”

Multiple reports Sunday said McCloud would be out for the season following the sophomore’s right leg injury against UCLA.

During the game Saturday, McCloud had his right leg bent at an odd angle as he was sacked early in the fourth quarter of a game the Wildcats lost 34-16.

McCloud, a transfer from South Florida, played in three games for Arizona (0-5, 0-2 Pac-12), starting the last two. Overall, he completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 481 yards with 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

“He transferred here to play. He came here to really help us, and I believe as he was learning the system more and more, we were going to be able to reap some of those benefits,” Fisch said.

Previous starter Gunner Cruz is expected to start for the Wildcats Saturday against Colorado.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly reacts in the first half against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA runs past Arizona, hands Wildcats 17th straight loss

Brittain Brown rushed for a season-best 146 yards and scored a touchdown and Zach Charbonnet added a season-high 117 as UCLA ran to a 34-16 victory over Arizona in Pac-12 play on Saturday night at Tucson, Ariz.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushed for two touchdowns and added a passing score as the Bruins (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) racked up 329 yards on the ground.

Jordan McCloud completed 21 of 30 passes for 182 yards before leaving with an apparent right knee injury for the Wildcats (0-5, 0-2).

Arizona has lost 17 straight games since beating Colorado 35-30 on Oct. 5, 2019.

Thompson-Robinson was just 8-of-19 passing for 82 yards and one interception but the Bruins outgained the Wildcats 411 to 362.

Thompson-Robinson’s 4-yard scoring run to the right side gave UCLA a 24-16 advantage with 4:06 left in the third quarter.

McCloud was injured on the third play of the fourth quarter on the strip-sack by Otito Ogbonnia with 14:14 remaining. McCloud was seen on the sidelines sporting crutches and an icepack on the knee.

Brown later put the game away on a third-and-2 play when he raced up the middle for a 48-yard scoring run to give the Bruins a 15-point edge with 7:48 remaining.

Nicholas Barr-Mira added a 43-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining.

Gunner Cruz completed 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards in place of McCloud for the Wildcats.

Arizona ran 50 first-half plays to UCLA’s 29 but it was the Bruins who held a 14-13 lead at the break.

The Wildcats received a 28-yard field goal from Tyler Loop to cap their opening drive. But the Bruins answered with a touchdown as Thompson-Robinson connected on a 3-yard pass to Greg Dulcich with 3:48 left in the first quarter.

Arizona moved within 7-6 when long-range kicker Lucas Havrisik booted a 46-yard field goal with 14:18 left in the first half. The Bruins pushed the lead to eight when Thompson-Robinson scored on a 2-yard keeper with 3:01 left.

The Wildcats used a trick play to pull within one. McCloud threw a backward pass to his left to Jamarye Joiner and the former high school quarterback delivered a 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Wiley with 30 seconds remaining.

The teams traded field goals in the first 6:42 of the third quarter. Barr-Mira kicked a 23-yard field goal for the Bruins and Havrisik was again good from 46 for Arizona.

–Field Level Media