Arizona wanted to erase the memory of last year's bowl game disaster. It wanted to end the 2010 season on a positive note after suffering through a four-game losing streak to finish the regular season.
Apparently, that is not to be.
The Wildcats gifted Oklahoma State a 23-7 lead at the break of the Valero Alamo Bowl. It wasn't what the Cowboys did. It was what Arizona did.
Such as fumble the first punt of the game, setting up a Cowboys TD. Or blown coverage against the nation's best receiver, Justin Blackmon, for an uncontested 71-yard TD. Or give up a 61-yard pick-6. Or miss a field goal.
The Wildcats dropped passes. They had a pair of false starts on third down. QB Nick Foles missed throws and threw two interceptions.
Little went right, though the defense is mostly playing well against one of the nation's best offenses. Arizona outgained the Cowboys 209 yards to 168, and yielded just 12 rushing yards.
The Wildcats get the second-half kickoff. They need a TD. They need to dig deep and find some resolve.
There is nothing to suggest this is a physical mismatch. If Arizona plays smart in the second half, there is no reason they can't get back into the game.
But, of course, there's little to suggest so far they will play smart.