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