September 16, 2007

UA searching for answers

At the beginning of the season, everyone had penned in the UA's matchup with New Mexico as a lock. Those feelings were reinforced after the Lobos started the season with a loss to UTEP and a narrow victory over New Mexico State.

That's just one of the several reasons Saturday's 29-27 loss to New Mexico hurts so bad for the Wildcats. With no surefire wins in the Pac-10 this year, Arizona had to take at least two in the non-conference, but instead will head to #8 California next week with a 1-2 record.

"I am very disappointed in the outcome of this game," said UA head coach Mike Stoops. "We played like a team that did not have discipline tonight."

Discipline was a serious issue for the UA all game long. The Wildcats had nine penalties for 96 yards and made countless mistakes, including three fumbles - two lost - and an interception.

Arizona failed on two opportunities to score inside the red zone, including missing a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter that turned out to be the difference in the game.

"I was disappointed in the mental errors that we made tonight," Stoops said. "We did not play disciplined."

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