Hope you're hanging in there with this cold weather and only a few weeks left in the semester. What a crazy week it has been for the Zoo, we have so much to fill you in on!
This past weekend was senior night for Arizona football who is now bowl eligible after beating No. 10 Utah in double overtime! In the first half of the game the Wildcats took the lead by a field goal making the score 3-0. Wide receiver, Samajie Grant, then caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Anu Solomon to make the score 10-0. Casey Skowron also successfully kicked for two more field goals adding 6 points for Arizona.
In the second quarter, the Wildcat’s Jamar Allah got a pick when the Utah quarterback, Travis Wilson threw the ball down the field. This created a lot of momentum for the Wildcats but Utah was not trailing far behind.
During the 4th quarter the ZonaZoo was loud, crazy, and definitely made an effect on the game. After two passing touchdowns and one on the ground, Solomon became injured, forcing Jerrard Randall to fill in. After 60 minutes of Arizona Football we were knotted at 27, which sent the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, Utah had the ball first and unable to score a touchdown on their 3rd down, they were forced to kick a field goal making the score 30-27. It was now Arizona’s chance to take the W, but they also settled for a field goal making the score 30-30.
Going into the second overtime, Arizona had the ball first. On the first play of the double overtime, Randall completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nate Phillips that gave Arizona a 7-point lead over the Utes. Once Utah was on offense, the Zoo went crazy and halted the Utes offense. They were unable to score a touchdown giving the Cats a 37-30 win.
While this was surely a game to remember, we have one more game in the regular season. This Saturday is the Territorial Cup against ASU which is always the biggest game of the year regardless of the record of either team. Arizona and ASU have one of the most intense rivalries in college sports. The game will be held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe and kick-off is at 1:30pm. Even if you can’t make it to the game, be sure to over to Schrier's Sports Grill for the ZonaZoo watch party!!
Additionally, Arizona Basketball is back and in full swing! Last Friday, on Nov. 13 the No. 12 Wildcats opened their season against Pacific in McKale Center. They won 79-61 with help of a double-double from Senior forward, Ryan Anderson. The following Monday, the Cats looked to go 2-0 with a win over Bradley. Freshman Alonzo Trier lead the Cats to a 90-60 victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. He also went 14-14 from the stripe, only two free throws away from tying Jerryd Bayless' FT record. The 2-0 Cats are just getting started as they look to open the Wooden Legacy Tournament here in Tucson on Thursday, November 19th, against Boise State. The boys will also take on Northwestern State on Sunday November 22nd in their last home game before the Thanksgiving break. Then, the Wildcats will travel to Southern California for the next games in the tournament as they look to build on winning their past 3 non-conference tournaments. We have 16 home games left on the slate, lets make sure we pack the Zoo and continue to make McKale one of the hardest places to play in the country.