I hope you’ve got your health insurance up to date.
The Arizona football season is only half finished.
Three Pac-10 games, three games packed with stress to the final gun. Forget the injured players; are the fans going to survive the season?
Not only did the Cats stay close enough to get your hopes up, not only did they take a late lead on an improbable run, not only did they let Stanford fly down the field for what would have been a game-losing touchdown, but on top of all that the officials took what seemed like an hour to figure out how much time went off the clock on an incomplete pass to set up 3rd-and-10. As the seconds went by the blood pressure went up. Are they trying to torture us?
I know we should be happy with a win any way it comes, but I’m up for a nice blowout victory any time now.
It’s not going to happen against UCLA. Don’t you try and talk yourself into it. No. I don’t want to hear it. The Bruins just posted their highest point total in six weeks and Norm Chow is going to be salivating as he watches game film this week.
I fully expect another close game on Saturday. I am already preparing for another ending that will trigger a prescription spike in Southern Arizona.
Don’t fall into the what-if trap. We The People are funny that way. Fan math says you earned every win you got and you should have won all the close losses. Remember how we turned 3-8 into 5-6 after the Wisconsin and WSU losses in 2004? What did that get us? 3-8 in 2005.
This is our team. We have a quarterback who makes all things seem possible, and a defense that makes the other team feel the same way.
How bad is it when your QB throws for 400 yards and he isn’t even the game’s top passer? As soon as David Hasselhoff stepped up to the mic we should have known we were going to end up needing CPR.
There was a lot of strategy déjà vu at the end of this one. Stanford found itself in the same position we were in last week: up nine on the road facing fourth down in the red zone. Just like Stoops, Harbaugh elected to push the lead to 12 instead of going for the kill, only Stanford’s kicker missed.
That had to factor into Harbaugh’s thinking when confronted with the 4th-and-2 from the UA 8 and the lead down to two. Interestingly enough, Stanford was now playing the role of Arizona in last year’s game. Kick the field goal – which is what Stoops did last year – and you avoid losing by a field goal but you leave open the possibility of getting beat by a touchdown – which…you know.
Because of that I can understand why Harbaugh went for it. A two-possession game with five minutes left probably ices the win. He was playing to win the game right there. I get that.
But calling a passing play? Arizona thanks you, Jim. I know Gerhart was hurt, but you had been just killing us with that seven-lineman formation in short-yardage situations. Your #2 running back couldn’t run through one of those massive holes?
Add in declining to put the ball on the 40 after the kickoff out of bounds (dusting off a rule I didn’t even know still existed), and taking a delay-of-game after a timeout with less than a minute to play, and…I’m just glad it happened to someone else for a change.
Those of you watching the game on TV, were you ready for it? After Nwoko’s run made it 38-36 you knew it was coming, and the Versus stat team did not disappoint. “Arizona is 2-16 in its last 18 games decided by three points or less.”
The funny part is, by scoring a touchdown instead of a field goal this win doesn’t even count against that stat. For the record, Mike Stoops is now 3-1 in games decided by four to six points. He’s undefeated in games decided by exactly five points. I have no idea what that means.
Three points, five points, thirty-five points, a win is a win for this team. We’re right where we wanted to be at the halfway mark: 4-2 record, 3-0 at home and…ranked in the BCS standings?
Wow. That came out of nowhere. From barely getting votes in the human polls to #22 in the official standings after the computer polls are factored in. Thank you, Iowa and Central Michigan! It doesn’t help gain one yard against UCLA but, hey, at least it makes it easier to find Arizona on the scoreboard all week.
I hope your doctor’s phone number is just as easy to find…
The Wildcats play again this week.