Twenty years ago today, on a sun-drenched Tucson afternoon, with Keith Jackson on the call for ABC, the Arizona Wildcats played one of their greatest games.
In the kind of defensive slugfest that would be unrecognizable by today’s standards, Arizona upset No. 1 Washington 16-3, ending the Huskies’ 22-game winning streak.
The newly-minted Desert Swarm defense suffocated quarterback Mark Brunell, running back Napoleon Kaufman and the Huskies offense, Arizona punter Josh Miller routinely bailed the Cats out of field-position trouble, and a run-first offense kept hammering away.
What was the game plan on offense?
“Run inside and when it didn’t work, run inside again,” UA coach Dick Tomey said Nov. 7, 1992.
This is how Ivan Maisel, then of the Dallas Morning News and now of ESPN, started his game story: