Arizona Wildcats: One Size Too Big

Tom PhillipsCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2009

Maybe if DeLaShaun Dean wore a size thirteen-and-a-half shoe instead of his fourteen-and-a-half, Arizona would be celebrating a 2-0 start in Pac-10 play and riding momentum going into Saturday's game against Stanford.

But because of a stretch of the game that lasted a whopping 22 seconds, they are in shock over the events that occurred in Seattle. You can blame it on whatever you want: the football gods, bad luck, etc. The fact of the matter is the 'Cats lost on their own accord.

For 57 minutes they outplayed the Washington Huskies. They were out-coaching the new hot coach in the Pac-10 and seemingly tearing apart the Huskies with screens every which way. With three minutes left and up by 12, the Cats seemed to be cruising to victory.

Washington scores and goes for two. No big deal. Arizona will just keep playing the short game and run down the clock. That's when everything went wrong.

All Wildcat fans know what happens next. Foles throws, the ball hits the ground, pops up, touchdown Washington?

I myself was in shock. I watched the replay in the low quality picture on the network and still thought there was enough conclusive evidence to overturn. The black beads pop up from when the ball hit the ground.

Apparently, I was wrong. Pac-10 director of officials, Dave Cutaia, has come out and said there was not enough conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

I disagree, and so does the man whose foot it "hit."

“I felt it graze my foot, but the way the ball bounced up, I figured it had to hit the ground,” Dean said. “After seeing the pictures you could actually see the black beads from the turf jump up when the ball hit the ground."

Not 20 minutes after the game was over, pictures from Wildcats fans were on the web to add to the controversy.

Here is the best one I have found so far.

While many people will blame this play alone for the Wildcats' loss, it is not the reason. Getting in the red zone eight times and settling for field goals four of those times is the biggest reason.

The blame should not go to Foles or Dean, but should be on the coaching staff for not running the ball and trying to run out the clock.

If the Cats are going to pull out a win in their first home game in a month, they need to forget about this game. This is easier said than done, but if they let this game linger, it will not only cost them a game, but possibly the season.

Still, if only Dean wore a smaller shoe...