SVSW


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celebratesvsw2018.jpgTuscaloosa, AL – Sometimes heroes come from the unlikliest of places. Jeff Biggers, a late TE recruit that doesnt’ even have a wiki page, ended being the unlikliest of heroes in SVSW. The game was also a chance for some major redemption for Brent Robinson who found himself benched throughout the game for bad throws.

The game was as tight as a game can be. With the lead going back and forth throughout, and the defense on both sides of the ball looking great. Arizona sophmore sensation Ben Bray came through with another massive game, this time with 9 tackles and four TFLs.

“This is South versus Southwest son!” said Bray after the game. “This is no joke, this game is REAL. We need to bring that egg back to Tucson. It’s our egg.”

The game was tied 10-10 at the half, when Robinson who had throw two bad interceptions was benched for Clarence Howard. Unfortunately the Utah native didn’t do much better as he threw another interception. And was rebenched for Robinson.

The Crimson Tide continued their strong play converting third downs and making passes to their Star WR James Thornton (Relative of Kenny?). Eventually scoring to make the score 17-10 with 2:30 left to go.

Robinson, being extra careful, led the Wildcats down the field for a touchdown with a minute thirty left to tie the game at 17-17.

Then Alabama put together an impressive drive and started to eat up gamewinningpasssvsw2018.jpgthe clock. But strangely, they started using time outs, and stopped the clock. Arizona’s amazing linebackers Ben Bray, Peter Brink, and Reggie Hughes came up big and held the tide to a fieldgoal. Which was kicked with only 30 seconds left on the clock. Arizona was out of time outs.

Brent Robinson took the field knowing he had to pass to win the game. He had one option, throw it long and pray that Ryan Parrish would haul in a miracle.

His prayers were answered, Ryan Parrish pulled in a miracle catch and managed to grab a few extra yards. For the first time in history, I actually used the spike ball play (thank god it’s an instant choice), and spiked the ball setting up a 38 yard fieldgoal by Jay Gibson.

Needless to say he made it.

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The game went to overtime, and Alabama elected to play offense first (another bad coaching decision). The Wildcats defense continued it’s amazingly strong play and gave Bama a 3 and out. Meaning that Arizona only needed a fieldgoal to send to double overtime.

They started off running the ball and on the first play Alan Barron who ran for 114 yards on the day hit up a 20 yard scramble to put the ‘Cats within the 5 yard line. But a facemasking call put the Wildcats even closer. At the one. Two hand offs to Tim Christian went nowhere. So facing 3rd and one, Coach Stoops decided to let Robinson pass.

Brent dropped back, looked to his left and saw Jeff Biggers breaking off a SWEET out pattern, his cover man was behind him, and the ball sailed into his hands. Touchdown. Arizona wins 26-23.

svswegg2017.jpgTuscaloosa, AL – The #11 Crimson Tide were not about to hand over the prized SVSW Egg. With a pair of running backs clocking in at over 90 OVR, and an extremely aggressive defense. They played the Wildcats as tough as any team over the past six years and almost came away with a victory.

The first half did not start well for the Wildcats. Though Robinson passed reasonbly well on the opening drive, and Jay Gibson field goal put the Cats up 3-0, he proceded to throw THREE interceptions in the first half. Spotting Alabama 17-3 lead with a minute left in the half. But Robinson was not going to pull a Casey Cook and crawl into his hole and just die. He came out swinging in the last minute and was able to get the Wildcats down to the 40 yard line of Alabama before throwing a hailmary to Marcus Holbert to finish the first half 17-10.

“I don’t quit,” said Robinson. “I throw picks, I make mistakes, but I play hard and I never give up. I will not let this team down. I will not let my father down. I got New Jersey on my back.”

The second half remained tight, and Arizona committed to the West Coast offense of short passes and draw plays. Both sides were punting a lot, and Arizona’s defense came up huge in shutting down both the run and the pass. Especially Dem Indiana Boyz.

“We’re mad real,” said Nick Robinson who only had one sack, but was an absolute terror in getting pressure on the Alabama QB. “You can’t shut us down.”holberthailmarytd.jpg

They especially could not shut down Matt Fitzhugh who had five tackles, 3 TFLs and a sack. Also, Freshman sensation Quinn Scott had a sack and dropped TWO sure interceptions.

The game went back and forth until Alan Barron scrambled for a 17 yard touchdown run that featured an amazing block by freshman Fullback Tim Christian.

After that, the hungry Arizona defense picked off a pass that set up a Jay Gibson game winning field goal with two minutes left. After another turnover, Arizona got the ball back and started to run out the clock. But with all their timeouts and no Redwood Haynes the Wildcats were unable to get a first down and were forced to punt.

Alabama tried their hardest and made it all the way down to the Arizona 42 yard line with robinsonsvsw.jpg10 seconds left on the clock. The Tide let a precious six seconds tick off the clock before calling a final timeout. They now had no chance at a field goal and had to throw a hail mary.

The pass was a beautiful arcing spiral that headed towards an Alabama reciever in single coverage. The crowd gasped, expecting another Wildcat loss at the hands of the tide. But Jon Floyd – Chinle’s finest. Intercepted the pass to finish the game.

Though the battle was won, the war was lost as The Egg stays in Tuscaloosa for another year.

Key Stats

  • #5 Game of All Time – Game Score of 1033
  • Brent Robinson 25/46 – 325 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs
  • Alan Barron 5/37 – 1 T rushing, 6/33 rec
  • Ryan Parrish 9/137
  • Marcus Holbert 4/89 1 TD

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higgins2015svsw.jpgTuscaloosa, AL – After spending two years in the humidity of the south, a number of Wildcats expressed concerned about the Egg getting rusty.

“We need to bring this back to the desert,” said Patrick Rodriguez after the game. “It stays fresh and clean there, the humidity here is too much, it might get mildewy.”

And humidity was in full effect in this game, with pouring rain and sweltering heat, this year’s SVSW was like playing football in Thailand. Hot, humid, slippery, it was a nightmare for most. And in year’s past when Arizona would have depended on a wide open passing attack and a middling defense, this weather would have been a problem. But this is a new Arizona, with new players, new philosophy, and a whole new ball game.

This new Wildcat team showed it’s teeth on the first play of the game. Alabama’s quarterback Isaiah McNeal dropped back and threw a wobbling pass that was picked off by Devin Hurst. The first play of the season, the first pass he see’s, Hurst picked it off.

“Desert Swarm is back,” said Hurst. “This is the best defense I’ve ever played on, and we showed it tonight.”holbert2015svsw.jpg

Poor McNeal ended the game with a quarterback rating of 0.0, as he went 2/6 for 10 yards, with 2 INTs and 3 Sacks. This Wildcat team is a beast against the pass.

Against the run, the team had 10 tackles for loss in this game (10!) and a sack from Patrick Rodriguez and one from Deonne Heard who looks like he might finally be living up to expectations.

Offensively, the Arizona passing game is officially – “not what it used to be.” Casey Cook, who many compared to Dane Wright, is more of a White Chad Smith than a White Wright. Casey went 7/9 for 115 and a touchdown. Brent Robinson also saw playing time and went 3/5 for 55 yards, and looked incredible in the pocket.

Also, Marcus Holbert has made his case to be Arizona’s next superstar at Wideout as he pulled in four passes for 142 yards.

“Man, you’ll got robbed today,” said Holbert after the game. “I had the rodeo dance all ready to go, but no touchdowns. But it’s coming.”

But the big playmaker and newsmaker of the day is Brian Haynes, the Pride of Burbank. Haynes had 22 carries, and while Nick Spencer would have turned those 22 carries into an incredible 82 yards, Brian turned them into 213 yards and three touchdowns. He is the first Arizona RB to go over 200 yards in a very very long time, and his four touchdown performance (1 Rec) has already got some talking as though he might be heading for the best RB season in Arizona history.

“It’s been a lifelong dream to play here,” said Haynes. “I grew up watching Alabama football on CBS, I always thought it was cool. And the crowd shots always showed some good looking girls. I was not disappointed in anyway. And the EGG IS BACK! This is the first time I’ve got to hoist the Egg and it means a lot to me.”haynes2015svsw.jpg

Next up for the Wildcats is #21 SDSU and their Heisman frontrunning QB. He’s fast with a good arm – shades of Barrett Dixon

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svsw2013cup.jpgTucson, AZ – The Arizona Wildcats did not look like themselves against Alabama on Saturday. Primarly because Coach Stoops used Hawaii’s playbook in an effort to make Dane Wright a more focal part of the offense, after Wright called Arizona’s playbook “wack” after the Colorado loss.

The Wildcats pulled out the egg from the McHale Center, and celebrated, but the team knows that they need Alabama to win a close game (or lose) in order to keep the egg for another year.

But this year’s SVSW in Tucson was defined by defense and, of course, Jason Weaver, who only played 2 quarters due to a shoulder injury. Coming into the game, Arizona was petrified of Alabama’s Franklin Bradley, a 96 overall who TORCHED the Wildcats in the first quarter. He was by far the most dominant back that the Wildcats have ever faced, he was fast, strong, and coupled with ‘Bama’s huge offensive line it was trouble. But as the game went on, Arizona kept putting more and more players in the box, and Stoops let Rodriguez and Lewis loose and they shut him down.

Offensively, the playbook caused some strange formations and lineups. For example, Fullback Eric Washington lined up at halfback because of his superior recieiving abilities, and his strong blocking skills. Ben Weaver, TE, lined up at WR and had a huge game, pulling in 4 balls for 111 yards.

But it was Jason Weaver who keeps making statements with his play (and his mouth). After a monster first quarter, he injured his shoulder and missed the 2nd and 3rd Quarters, but still managed to make 5 catches for 181 yards and TD. After the game he did not have kind words for the Alabama secondary.

“Why on earth are you single covering me?” said Weaver after the game. “These dumb bastards need to two tutors to read Dr. Seuss, you think they’d send four to cover me.”svsw2013pain.jpg

In spite of the insult, Jason Weaver is the #1 Heisman contender, as a sophmore.

But the man of the hour was Dane Wright, who set a personal best with 445 yards passing. He was 19/34 with one TD and three interceptions, and was sacked five times. It is doubtful that he will get to run this offense again.

“Ok, I admit, I was wrong,” said Wright after the game. “The Arizona playbook is solid, although I still think we need to find something new, that better uses my skills.”

On the defensive side of the ball, John Lewis continued his amazing season, with seven tackles and three tackles for loss. John Castorani had an INT, and Bryson Horton set a new fumble return record by bringing a ball back 96 yards for a score to seal the game in the fourth quarter.

With the game in hand, the Polls are starting to look interesting

Wisconsin is #1 in Both Polls, and Colorado is #2, but both are splitting first place votes. The Wildcats are #5 in the Coaches Poll (#5!) and #8 in the media poll (some say Jason Weaver is personally responsible for calling USA Today a ‘retard paper’). This season is FAR from over.

Up next, #22 California.

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