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Arizona gets blown out in their home opener by 24 points

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Ryan Wohl | The Daily Wildcat

The University of Arizona football team played San Diego State at Arizona Stadium on the evening of Sept. 11. The Wildcats would go on to lose to San Diego State with a final score of 38-14.

The Arizona football team fell to the San Diego State Aztecs by a score of 38-14. The Wildcats lost a close game a week ago in their first contest to BYU and carried some momentum in the game but couldn't get anything going on the offensive end the entire night. 

"We got to be a better football team, we played hard all the through to the end," head coach Jedd Fisch said. "They played hard until the end, they have great spirits in the locker room right now and they're disappointed in the outcome and we will continue to work to improve upon that."

"We just never could get in the game, and was disappointing from the beginning I thought our team was ready to play," Fisch said. 

Gunner Cruz played quarterback for the first three quarters, where he competed 10 passes for 70 yards along with one touchdown and one interception. Cruz did complete a 43-yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter to captain, Stanley Berryhill III. Cruz was sacked three times and continued to show his lack of field awareness from the previous week. Berryhill continues to produce every game regardless of the situation and circumstances. He finished the game with 74 total yards adding his first touchdown of the season to the book. 

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"We will look at the tape and figure it out," Fisch said. "Right now I am completely unsure what we are going to do at the quarterback position."

"I said if anybody thought this was gonna be easy, you're out of your mind," Fisch said. "That's not what this is right, this is a process that we're trying to build something that's really special here."

The Wildcats' running game was non-existent in this game, only netting 49 total yards on the ground. On the other hand, the Aztecs finished the night with 271 rushing yards led by Greg Bell, who had 17 touches for 125 yards and a touchdown. SDSU's Daniel Bellinger led the game in receiving yards with 113, also only taking him three catches to reach that number.

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Linebacker, Anthony Pandy, was still very active on the defensive side of the ball totaling 11 combined tackles to lead the team. Jalen Harris and Trevon Mason combined to put 1.5 sacks on the board in a lackluster overall defensive performance from the group.  

The rejuvenated, new-look team Arizona program that we saw in Las Vegas was no where to be found in Tucson on Saturday night. Tonight marked the first time that fans returned to Arizona Stadium in 22 months when they lost 35-7 to Utah in the 2019 season. 


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