Utah-Arizona report card: Wilson's loss, Phillips' inaccuracy prove costly for Utes (5 items)
ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports South all named Andy Phillips to the midseason All-American teams. Saturday, Phillips missed two field goals in Utah’s 35-24 loss to Arizona. The Utes were trailing by four late in the fourth quarter, when Phillips, a freshman, had been a perfect 11-of-11 entering the game.
An injured Travis Wilson yielded to sophomore quarterback Adam Schulz after halftime, when Utah (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) made its move, taking a lead after trailing 20-7 at intermission.
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1 of 5. Offense
Schulz started the game 5 of 5. Early in the third quarter, the offense capitalized on an Arizona fumbled punt return with a 17-yard touchdown drive.
Schulz suffered back-to-back sacks in his own territory late in the third quarter and followed that with a three-and-out on Utah’s first drive of the fourth quarter. Then running back Bubba Poole lost four yards on two carries in the red zone, leading to the second of Phillips’ missed field goals from 42 yards.
Travis Wilson’s finger on his throwing hand was injured before he yielded to Schultz after halftime. Wilson went 3 of 9 with two interceptions in the first half. One was a pick-six in the second quarter.
Star receiver Dres Anderson had just two receptions.
2 of 5. Defense
The Utah defense early in the fourth quarter caused Arizona to lose more yards than it needed to gain for a first down. That also set up its teammates on offense to allow Phillips to convert a 44-yard field goal.
Utah linebacker Jared Norris stopped the Wildcats on a fourth down run at the Ute 45, giving Schulz great field position before his flea-flicker touchdown throw early in the third quarter. That gave Utah a 21-20 lead.
The Wildcats also failed to convert a fourth-and-9 at the Utah 35.
The Utah defense forced three straight Arizona three-and-outs as the offense made its move in the third quarter.
3 of 5. Special teams
Utah’s punt team recovered a fumble by Arizona’s return team at the Wildcat 17 early in the third quarter. That led to a touchdown. The Utes couldn’t come up with another fumble by the Wildcat return team in their own territory early in the third quarter.
Dres Anderson didn’t return a kickoff when the Utes were trailing by 11 with just 90 seconds remaining.
4 of 5. Coaching
5 of 5. Overall