TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Jason Johnson passed for 416 yards
and two touchdowns as Arizona held on for a 23-17 victory over
Johnson completed 24-of-35 passes and came within 11 yards of
the school record, set by Tom Tunnicliffe in 1982. Bobby Wade
was Johnson's favorite target with nine catches for a
career-high 175 yards and a score.
Utah (2-1) sliced a 16-point deficit to 23-17 on a career-best
53-yard field goal by Bryan Borreson with 4:51 remaining.
The Utes got down to the 3-yard line in the closing minutes and
had an apparent touchdown pass from Lance Rice to Josh Lyman
ruled incomplete. But the Wildcats (2-0) were not safe until
until linebacker Clay Hardt made a tackle at the 5-yard line on
a fourth-down lateral.
The Wildcats grabbed the lead on a 47-yard pass from Johnson to
Wade midway through the first quarter and made it 10-0 early in
the second on a 21-yard field goal by Shawn Keel.
Utah got back in the game after Dave Ribill recovered a fumble
at the Arizona 8-yard line. Three plays later, Rice found Lyman
for a five-yard TD.
Keel kicked a 19-yard field goal nine seconds before halftime,
giving the Wildcats a 13-7 cushion.
Johnson found Andrae Thurman on a slant pattern down the middle
for a 44-yard touchdown just 2:15 into the second half,
increasing the margin to 20-7. A fumble recovery by Joe Siofele
set up a 39-yard field goal Keel with 10:16 left in the third.
Rice found Paris Jackson in the back of the end zone for a
seven-yard touchdown that started Utah's comeback just over four
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