We almost ran into another mockery of a game like last year’s ASU vs Arizona game where Arizona won without attempting a pass in the second half – not like I’m complaining though. The game, while it was great, leaves quite a few questions as to where the Wildcats are headed.
In their season opener against NAU, the Wildcats rallied to win 62-24 thanks to 506 rushing yards (there were also 89 pass yards sprinkled it). The first score of the game came off a punt return by Arizona’s Shun Brown. Arizona barely held the 7-0 lead because on their next opportunity, NAU converted and it was locked up 7-7.
The game gradually kept swinging in Arizona’s favor and once the 3rd quarter hit, they looked pretty comfortable and started piling on some more touchdowns. Their defense slipped up in the 4th, but kept the fort down and secured the win.
The win was great for the Wildcats and their faithful, but it also raised questions about their defense.
Despite losing by a 38 point deficit, the Lumberjacks still had a total of 562 offensive yards, which wasn’t much less than Arizona’s total. Not to mention, they shouldn’t have been allowed to score 24 points in the first place. Fans and spectators would feel much better about the defense if they had just let up less than 20 points. This was the perfect game to come out and prove they are well-structured and are solid all-around, but that just didn’t happen.
With Arizona’s total rushing yards for the game falling just short of a team record, it’s hard to say that the team underperformed on the offensive front, so at least there’s one plus to this. Brandon Dawkins led the team at quarterback for most of the game and you can’t say he did poorly considering the amount of points that surmounted on the board. Whether they were rushing or passing touchdowns, there is still credit to be given to the man who might take the starting position as his own.
Will Dawkins remain the QB for the rest of the year? The answer is probably not given the hurdles the team will have to jump over as tougher opponents come up on the horizon. The age old story of changing up the QB to shake things up will likely come into play.
But then again, who knows?
At the end of the day, the W looks great, but the game didn’t give much insight as to how many W’s the team will get later in the season as the schedule toughens up.