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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

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.

Arizona running back Drake Anderson (8) runs against Northern Arizona during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona quarterback Will Plummer throws down field against Northern Arizona during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona running back Kevin Daniels (22) stiff arms Arizona defensive lineman Mo Diallo during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona quarterback Will Plummer (15) throws for a touch down while being pressured by Northern Arizona defensive lineman Sheldon Newton (98) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Tayvian Cunningham (11) stiff arms Northern Arizona defensive back Trejan Apodaca (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver BJ Casteel (5) can not make the catch in front of Northern Arizona defensive back Colby Humphrey during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona quarterback RJ Martinez celebrates the team's 21-19 win over Arizona during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona defensive back Brenndan Johnson (4) reacts after stopping Arizona on a two point conversion during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Northern Arizona won 21-19. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona defensive back Devontae Ingram (15) celebrates with Mark Ho Ching (90) after intercepting a pass against Arizona during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona running back Kevin Daniels (22) scores a touchdown despite the diving tackle attempt by Arizona safety Rhedi Short during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Northern Arizona won 21-19. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona wide receiver Hendrix Johnson (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Arizona during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Northern Arizona won 21-19. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Northern Arizona running back Kevin Daniels (22) stiff arms Arizona safety Rhedi Short (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Northern Arizona won 21-19. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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