DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 20, 10:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arizona Stadium (57,803) -- Tucson, Arizona. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Washington 3-1, Arizona 3-1. Away Record: Washington 0-2, Arizona 0-2. Neutral Record: Washington 0-0, Arizona 0-0. Conference Record: Washington 1-2, Arizona 0-3. Series Record: Washington leads, 18-9-1.
GAME NOTES: The Arizona Wildcats will try and halt their losing ways on Saturday night when they host the Washington Huskies in a Pac-12 Conference clash.
Arizona got off to a 3-0 start and a No. 22 ranking at the time. However, the Wildcats have since dropped three in a row, all to ranked teams. The most recent of those setbacks was a 54-48 overtime setback at Stanford two weeks ago, as the Wildcats had a chance to regroup with a bye this past week.
Washington was in action last weekend against No. 11 USC, but the team came up on the short end of a 24-14 final. The loss was the second in a row for the Huskies after they began the year 3-1. They are winless in two road games, having lost to LSU and Oregon by a combined score of 93-24.
UW owns an 18-9-1 edge in the head-to-head series with UA. The Huskies won last year's meeting, 42-31, in Seattle.
Save for a 52-13 win over Football Championship Subdivision school Portland State a month ago, Washington's offense has been largely ineffective. The team enters this tilt ranked 100th nationally in scoring offense (21.3 ppg) and 109th in total offense (317.5 ypg). Quarterback Keith Price is averaging just 180.0 yards per game through the air, and he has thrown only seven touchdowns in six games, with six interceptions. Last week, he was sacked five times and committed four turnovers. Bishop Sankey has been solid on the ground, averaging 81.2 rushing yards per tilt to go along with six touchdowns. However, after racking up 351 yards and five TDs over his previous three games, Sankey was held to just 54 yards on 14 carries against USC.
In addition to Price's turnovers, the Huskies had a punt blocked and returned for a second-quarter touchdown by USC. Another one of the Trojans' TDs in the first half was set up by an interception in UW territory. Still, after digging themselves a 24-7 hole at the half, the Huskies defense pitched a shutout over the final 30 minutes. And although they did allow a few big gains on the ground, the Huskies held USC quarterback Matt Barkley to 167 yards on 10-of-20 passing. Barkley finished with one touchdown and one interception, and he was sacked twice. Freshman cornerback Marcus Peters matched a team-high with nine tackles, including one for loss, and an interception.
Arizona put up a staggering 617 yards of total offense against nationally- ranked Stanford. However, all of that yardage went for naught in the extra session. On Arizona's first overtime possession, Matt Scott was intercepted on third down. The Cardinal needed just two plays on its possession to put the game away. It was a tough ending to an otherwise stellar game by the offense. Scott threw for a career-high 491 yards with three touchdowns, while running back Ka'Deem Carey ran for 132 yards and three scores. Carey also caught seven passes for another 68 yards. Austin Hill finished with 11 catches for 165 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss.
While the Wildcats rank in the top-five nationally in both total offense and passing offense, they have struggled mightily on defense. Entering this tilt, Arizona ranks 110th nationally in total defense (478.8 ypg) and 96th in points allowed (32.7 ppg). Stanford matched the Wildcats' offensive output to the yard, finishing with 617 yards. After the teams battled back and forth throughout the game, Arizona's defense gave up three unanswered touchdowns to let it slip away. Stanford's Josh Nunes threw for 360 yards and accounted for five TDs against the Wildcats' leaky D (three rushing, two passing). Nunes' three-yard score with 45 seconds on the clock sent the game into overtime.
The Wildcats have been learning the hard way that all the offensive stats in the world mean very little if the defense can't stop anybody. Fortunately for them, they'll be playing at home against a UW squad that has struggled to move the ball with much consistency.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona 42, Washington 24
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