Arizona Falls to BYU in Season Opener, 20-7
Sept. 1, 2007
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Arizona, one of two teams to beat BYU last year, had just 32 yards rushing and 223 yards passing under new coordinator Sonny Dykes' spread scheme. The Wildcats finally avoided the shutout when Willie Tuitama completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Earl Mitchell with 53 seconds remaining.
Tuitama finished 26-for-36 for 216 yards. The Wildcats hadn't been shut out in a season opener since 1963.
BYU stopped Arizona on a fourth-and-5 and got the ball back at the Cougars' 28. Quarterback Max Hall led a seven play drive, hitting harvey Unga on a 27-yard touchdown pass that put the Cougars up 7-0 with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Unga caught the ball around the 10, spun around and ran through Dominick Patrick's tackle attempt and into the end zone.
Hall added a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 38 seconds left in the second quarter, giving BYU a 13-0 halftime lead after Mitch Payne missed the point-after kick.
Unga added the final touchdown on an 11-yard run with 3:24 left. The Cougars had opened the drive at the Arizona 44 after the Wildcats were well 3 yards short on a fourth-and-7.