Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/24/12
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In time, Arizonas Austin Hill will talk to Matt Scott about the Arizona State game. Friday night into early Saturday morning as Arizona players were filing out of Arizona Stadium was not the time. Defeat is never easy to accept. How do you tell your quarterback everything will be alright after losing 41-34 to a rival just minutes and moments after being on the verge of victory? You dont. I dont think he feels great right now, Hill said early Saturday morning, about 30 minutes after Arizonas come-from-ahead loss to Arizona State in the regular-season finale. I havent spoken to him much yet. Im just the type of player who wants to give people their space. Let people just deal with a little themselves. Ill talk to him later when everything cools down. I want to win the next game for the seniors, because we wouldnt have won anything without them. Scott included. In fact, where would Arizona have ended up this season had it not been for the heroics of Scott, the Wildcats' Houdini-like quarterback who turned a transitional season into a magical year? Friday night just wasnt his night. And while he certainly didn't pick the time for his worst game of the year who picks times to have bad game? he did, misfiring on an number of passes and producing mishaps galore, turning the ball over four times. Hill blamed the receivers for mistakes and bad timing. Whatever the case, Scott -- who was not made available for postgame interviews -- had three interceptions and one oh-so-costly fumble, with all of those turnovers being converted into ASU touchdowns. Any time there is a turnover either way, there is a huge momentum swing, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. We had been pretty good on taking care of the ball. "Turnovers hurt us. But not one play beat us. There were several plays. Like Scotts fumble that came with 8:39 left and Arizona driving in what could have would have? been the end of ASU's chances. UA was up 27-20 and on ASUs 18 when Scott was stripped after a short gain on a designed run play; the Sun Devils eventually picked up Scotts rolling fumble on their own 44-yard line and scored six plays later to tie it. Arizona followed that turnover with a special-teams error a blocked punt deep in UA territory and a play later, ASU had the lead and all the momentum. Bam. Sudden change at a head-swiveling pace. The Sun Devils' pressure up front in their attempt to rattle Scott paid off. For the game, the Arizona quarterback finished an un-Scott-like 19 for 39 for 230 yards with three touchdowns but the aforementioned four turnovers. Matts decisions were OK, but Im sure there are some hed like to have back, Rodriguez said. We just werent sharp. Matts a stud. "There were some passes we didnt execute today that we normally would, but you have to give them credit, too. They did a good job of getting pressure on us. And Arizona just didnt handle it. But such is the rules when it comes to this rivalry. Surprising, unexpected things happen. Star quarterbacks who go into games averaging 300.8 yards a game with a pocketful of platitudes have bad games. Players go from glorious highs to wish-they-were-anonymous lows. And that was Friday night in a nutshell for the Wildcats, who led 27-12 with 12 minutes left and found themselves trailing 41-27 less than 10 minutes later. Teammate Daniel Jenkins said hed tell Scott not to hang his head." "You win some and you lose some," Jenkins added. "But at the end of the day, he was a hell of a quarterback. And what does Rodriguez tell his star, the player who helped establish the first-year success few saw coming at Arizona? What does he tell the player who guided UA to relevance via season-long excellence on offense? Rodriguez tells him the same thing he told him after huge wins against Oklahoma State, USC and Washington: He's a stud. I told him in the locker room that I loved him, said Rodriguez. Hes had a great senior year. And, oh yes, that one game wont define him.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

Report: Marshawn Lynch told friends he is retiring

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton


Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message

Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker