Sometimes icing the kicker works. Other times, like Saturday in Tucson, it backfires. Washington (6-5, 2-5 Pac-12) head coach Chris Petersen called a timeout to ice No. 14 Arizona (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) kicker Casey Skowron. Skowron missed the kick on the dead play, and took advantage of his official kick by sailing a 47-yard try through the uprights to give the Wildcats a wild 27-26 victory. The win helps keep Arizona in the hunt for the Pac-12 South Division championship.
Washington really did let this one slip through their fingers. The Huskies lost three fumbles to Arizona, including one late in the first half to lead to a quick Arizona touchdown and the other late in the game to give Arizona the game. The Wildcats had to earn it though. What looked to be a go-ahead touchdown pass from Anu Solomon to Cayleb Jones was overturned by a video review. Jones had caught the ball but his toe landed on the back of the end zone to rule the play an incomplete pass. This soon led to Arizona having to try a long field goal as time expired, and Skowron delivered in the clutch.
Arizona had a rough time getting this win, not that they will apologize for that. The Wildcats converted just three of 15 third-down attempts and were out-gained 504-375. Arizona also had three turnovers in the game. Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon was intercepted twice in the game, and completed 17 of 39 pass attempts.But what teams do with those turnovers is often the difference in a game. Both teams scored 10 points off of three turnovers in this game, but Arizona’s came at best possible times, at the end of each half. Turnovers may be a great equalizer, but timing can always be helpful as well.
Arizona will be on the road next week at Utah and they end the regular season at home against in-state rival Arizona State on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Arizona sits one loss back of Pac-12 South leading Arizona State in the loss column. However, Arizona also has losses to USC and UCLA, so winning the Pac-12 South will likely have to rely on getting some help from around the Pac-12 these next few weeks, in addition to beating Arizona State.
Washington will look to bounce back next week at home against Oregon State.