Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 10/28/11
TUCSON -- Arizona football players celebrated all of, maybe, 30-something hours and then moved on after its 48-12 win against UCLA. To say that was a smart move would be an understatement. As big a victory as that was after being down and defeated for 10 consecutive games against Division I teams, Arizona needed to move on from it. In part because victories in rear-view mirrors seem bigger than they appear. Arizona knows better even if victories don't come very often. One game does not make a streak, although it does provoke streakers. Still... "The victory helps a lot," said UA defensive back Trevin Wade. "Shows if you work hard and you get a win it shows that it pays off. (But) we can't stick with this win we just had (because if they do) we'll go to ground zero. We'll set the win and move forward." Or else their game will go to the dogs. In this case, it'll go to the Dawgs on Saturday. And clearly, Washington (5-2 overall) is no UCLA. And Arizona made quick work of the Bruins. "They have some real talent on the offensive side of the ball," Arizona interim coach Tim Kish said. That's not to say that UW doesn't have it on the defensive side, either, although one would never know it given last week's 65-21 loss against Stanford. But how many teams can play Stanford head-to-head? So far no one. Arizona surely didn't, losing 37-10. But that game too, was so long ago. What Arizona is hoping for is a little momentum with the hope that winning is contagious. "We know that last week isn't going to help us this week," said safety Robert Golden. "We've got to get after it and go get it. We have to prepare right and go up to Washington and have a great game. "We don't know what the conditions will be but we know it's going to be a battle." Arizona will have to beat a Washington team that is 4-0 at home this season, is going to wear an all-black uniform for only the third time and going to play in front of a homecoming crowd. And then don't forget about capable behind quarterback Keith Price, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 22 touchdowns passes and sixth in the nation in passing efficiency. The word, Kish said, is that Price is running Washington's offense better than former standout quarterback Jake Locker did. And Locker, through the years, always gave Arizona fits. And this time, Arizona's defensive backfield will be short players because of last week's bench-clearing brawl with UCLA. Cornerback Shaquille Richard, who was ejected last week, will be out as will nickleback Jourdan Grandon. Cornerback Lyle Brown and safety Mark Watley each will sit a half. The secondary will band together, Golden said. Much like the team has during the tough early season stretch that eventually saw head coach Mike Stoops dismissed and the spiral through a 10-game losing streak to FBS schools. "We have faced adversity," Golden said, "(so) we'll come together and stick it out. We know we are all we have." Adding, "Now, it's about playing with a chip and playing fast. We can't be complacent." Or it'll take a step back. And Arizona doesn't want that. Not after what it's already been through. And last week felt too good to regress. "We always knew we had a great team," Golden said. "We never doubted ourselves. We knew we had to put it together. We still have a lot of steps (to take), but it is one day at a time."
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