TUCSON, Ariz. -- For nearly three quarters Saturday, give or take a play or two, Arizona's defense went toe-to-toe with then-No. 16 Washington's dynamic offense.
It bent, but it didn't break. Well, not until near the end of the third quarter, when the Huskies started to pull away -- thanks in part to the Wildcats' struggles on offense -- in an eventual 31-13 win.
Defensive back Jared Tevis called the performance "promising because we know what we are capable of," adding, "but the next thing is great defenses are consistent, and that's what we need to be."
Washington's offense got the better of Saturday's matchup in the second half, when fatigue clearly set in for UA. The weather also got better; Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said the poor weather may have helped his team stay in it in the first half, as both teams struggled with the elements in a low-scoring first 30 minutes.
Of course, the Huskies had something to do with it the second-half takeover. But perhaps not as much as o...