Well, the 2008 bowl games got off to a strong start this past weekend. The Pac-10 was first represented by Arizona in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl played at Sam Boyd Stadium. As I recently reported, the game would be against BYU, a team the Wildcats have quite a history with. And that history was remembered as Arizona beat BYU 31-21. This was Arizona's first bowl game in ten years. That's a great way to come back, and we at WFG congratulate the Wildcats for their victory.
Offensively, Wildcat quarterback Willie Tuitama had a heck of a game. He threw for 322 yards (that's over three football fields, come to think of it) and two touchdowns. He also rushed in the game winning touchdown in the third quarter. Willie earned MVP awards for his play. On defense, the entire unit kept Cougar quarterback Max Hall on his toes. Their efforts led to lots of scrambling, a lost fumble and one interception. The combined 653 passing yards from both teams is now a Las Vegas Bowl record.
The game was witnessed by 40,047 fans, making the game a sellout. The game was also broadcast on ESPN (I got to see some of it where my wife and I were). The Wildcat victory gives the Pac-10 a 5-4 record in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Up next for the Pac-10, bowl wise, is the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. The California Golden Bears will be facing the Miami Hurricanes on the 27th. Again, coverage will be provided by ESPN. And we'll have more on the game soon.