Arizona Wildcats lose to in-state rival NAU, extend losing streak to 15

Sep 18, 2021, 10:20 PM | Updated: Sep 19, 2021, 1:38 am
Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch looks on from the sideline against BYU during the second half of an N...

Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch looks on from the sideline against BYU during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

(AP Photo/David Becker)

The Arizona Wildcats last won a football game on Oct. 5, 2019, and the streak did not end Saturday with a 21-19 loss against in-state rival NAU.

Entering the day with a 714-day losing streak, NAU walked into Tucson 0-2 and were 24.5-point underdogs.

UArizona benched starting quarterback Will Plummer halfway through the third quarter and turned to Jordan McCloud, the third quarterback in as many games for the Wildcats.

Plummer was 19-of-34 with 191 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Jedd Fisch era has opened poorly, now moving to 0-3 with losses to BYU, San Diego State and NAU.

When Arizona defeated Colorado in 2019, the Wildcats were 4-1 and on a four-game win streak, yet finished the season 4-8 (2-7 in conference).

The first conference game on the docket for the Wildcats is a road game at No. 4 Oregon at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by a visit to Tucson from UCLA.

Expectations were not high for the Wildcats entering the season as they were projected to place last in the conference.

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