Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/4/13
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has gone on the record saying he has no problem going "for it" on fourth down with the Wildcats in opponents territory. He's done it more than a few times over the last couple of seasons. Actually, more often than not. On Saturday at California, he didn't, believing his senior place-kicker Jake Smith might have enough leg to hit it a field goal from 50-plus yards. Smith was 50-50 from 50-plus -- hitting a 53-yarder and missing from 55. "Hopefully they will let me try more," Smith said. "It's about coach having confidence in me." On his personal-best 53-yarder, Smith's kick cleared the crossbar with about three yards to spare. On his 55-yard miss, he came up about two yards short. "I knew as soon as I hit it I got under it," Smith said of the miss. "As soon as you hit it ... you know how it feels. "Missing from 55 (yards) is not OK with me, but it's OK with me (more) than missing a shorter one." Rodriguez said he liked what he saw...
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