BYU Cougars down Arizona Wildcats 24-16 in Vegas Kickoff Classic

The University of Arizona Wildcats opened the Jedd Fisch era against the BYU Cougars in Las...
The University of Arizona Wildcats opened the Jedd Fisch era against the BYU Cougars in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 4.(KOLD News 13)
Published: Sep. 4, 2021 at 9:23 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 5, 2021 at 12:44 PM MST
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LAS VEGAS (KOLD News 13) - Arizona started the Jedd Fisch era with a 24-16 loss to BYU Saturday night, but it wasn’t without some hopeful glimpses of what the future may hold.

The Wildcats found themselves down 21-3 in the third quarter when, in a period of one minute, twelve seconds, Arizona forced BYU into a safety and then scored on a Gunner Cruz-to-Brian Casteel 29-yard touchdown to cut the Cougars’ lead to single digits.

After BYU padded its lead with a field goal, Arizona threatened once again before Cruz threw the first turnover of the night, an interception in the back of the endzone with 5:54 left to play. It was the only turnover by either team on the night.

Arizona’s special teams woes continued as Lucas Havrisick missed two field goals, including a 32-yarder.

Gunner Cruz took most of the snaps completing 35-for-46 for 336 yards.

While it was the Wildcats’ 13th straight loss stretching back to 2019, Arizona showed something it hadn’t shown in a while. Namely, some heart.

The Cats move on to their home opener against San Diego State, which is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

Jaren Hall threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier ran for 97 yards and a score for BYU.

The game was played at Allegiant Stadium, the 65,000-seat home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.

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