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The Wildcats appear to hit rock bottom after shocking loss against NAU

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Marison Bilagody | The Daily Wildcat

The Arizona offense huddles around quarterback Will Plummer in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 18. The Arizona offense totaled 196 yards in the first half.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks defeated the Arizona football team by a score of 21-19 at Arizona Stadium. This was the Wildcats' 15th straight game that they have lost dating back to Oct. 5, 2019. 

“I am disappointed in the outcome; I appreciate the players' fight,” head coach Jedd Fisch said. “We got our work cut out for us, and we got to get back to work immediately.”

This loss clearly affected the team in a different manner. 

“Our players are hurting right now. We got a very upset locker room,” Fisch said. “We got guys that, you know, are really, really upset.”

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Before tonight’s contest, the Wildcats scored 60 or more points against NAU in their previous three games against each other. This was the first time Arizona has lost to NAU since 1932 and broke their 14-game winning streak against them. 

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“There's so much learning that has to occur, and we have to try to fast forward the learning,” Fisch said. “We have to figure out a way to keep pushing it, so we understand it better and we keep building off of what we're trying to get done.”

The Wildcats' defense looked great early in the game, forcing two fumbles to go along with two interceptions in the first half alone. Jalen Harris, Christian Roland-Wallace and Treshaun Hayward each had five total tackles leading the defense in that area. 

“We don't accept losing. We are not in this working as hard as we work to lose,” Fisch said. “And we have to be better, and we're working to be better.”

Will Plummer started his second career collegiate game Saturday night and he looked more comfortable than Gunner Cruz did in their previous game against San Diego State. Plummer completed 19-of-34 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He still struggled to find open receivers and the communication still seemed off with the offensive line. 

Jordan McCloud entered the game for the first time as a Wildcat halfway through the fourth quarter. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 66 yards and one touchdown. McCloud couldn’t connect on the deep ball and at times looked un-prepared on the field. 

Stanley Berryhill III once again led the team in catches and receiving yards with 11 receptions for 94 yards. Boobie Curry had an impressive game, hauling in three balls for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Drake Anderson took over in the backfield in the second half, totaling 72 yards on 12 attempts and an above average 5.2 yards per carry. Second year running back Jalen John had an excellent performance on limited touches, running for 37 yards on only five carries with an incredible 7.4 yards per carry, which is very hard to do. 

After getting off to a rough start against BYU in the opening game where he missed two field goals, Lucas Havrisik redeemed himself after making two field goals against NAU. In the team’s second game, Fisch assigned Havrisik to only kickoff duty but switched things up again in the third game.  

The Arizona Wildcats may have hit rock bottom, but their schedule gets harder when they head to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks next Saturday night. 


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