This time, the plane ride home will be a joyous one.
The Arizona football team is no longer winless away from Arizona Stadium. Not after coming from behind to beat host Utah 34-24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night.
UA, now 1-3 on the road, is 7-4 overall and is essentially guaranteed an invite to a bowl game next month.
Finally, we get to enjoy the trip home, Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said on his postgame radio show. I told them that normally we get to enjoy (the win) for 24 hours, but considering what we have next, well enjoy it for 12 hours and move on.
Arizona faces Arizona State on Friday night at home in each teams regular-season finale.
On Saturday night, Arizona played with moxie and toughness in the second half, gaining its footing on a cold, wet night in Salt Lake City. In fact, the Wildcats were exactly what Rodriguez told them they had to be before the game: resilient.
He added that the team had really good focus in getting the win and gutting it out.