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Arizona Wildcats’ comeback falls yard short on final play

With no time left in the 4th quarter, Hawaii defensive back Kalen Hicks (3) and defensive lineman Manly Williams (49) tackle Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate (14) just short of the end zone during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

The Arizona Wildcats kicked off their 2019 season in a road matchup against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

The two schools provided fireworks throughout the game that ultimately ended with a 45-38 victory for Hawaii despite Arizona’s defense forcing six turnovers.

But for a game that consisted of a total of 11 touchdowns and 1,134 combined yards, the most crucial play was one that didn’t result in a score.

In an attempt to battle back from a 10-point deficit with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Arizona had an opportunity to tie the game with 10 seconds left from the Hawaii 31-yard line.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, quarterback Khalil Tate came up just one yard short on the final play.

Tate was 22-of-39 on the night, tossing three touchdowns for 361 yards with a pair of interceptions to go along with a team-high 108 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Arizona will return to action in its home opener against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Sept. 7.