Arizona beats Colorado on last-second FG for 4th straight win


Tyler Loop connected on a 24-yard field goal with no time remaining, and No. 21 Arizona rallied to beat Colorado 34-31 on Saturday at sold-out Folsom Field.

Jonah Coleman rushed for 179 yards as the Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) won their fourth straight game.

Arizona trailed 24-17 at the break and didn’t take its first lead until Loop’s field goal. The Wildcats are 13-74 when trailing at halftime in the Pac-12 era.

Shedeur Sanders ran for a score and threw for two more as the Buffaloes (4-6, 1-6) lost for the sixth time in seven games since a 3-0 start. Sanders also finished with 262 yards passing to go over the 10,000-yard mark for his career. The Buffs must win their last two games to become bowl-eligible.


Colorado kicker Alejandro Mata missed a 44-yard field goal to the right with 4:57 remaining.

Coleman then went to work and helped the Wildcats put together an 11-play, 67-yard drive, setting up Loop’s winner. Loop also connected on a career-best 52-yard field goal with 1:32 remaining before halftime.

Arizona receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig caught five passes for 67 yards against his former team. Lemonious-Craig entered the transfer portal after Colorado’s spring game and has been a dependable target for Noah Fifita.

Tetairoa McMillan had nine catches for 107 yards for the Wildcats, highlighted by a one-handed grab in the end zone for a 2-yard score that tied the game at 24-apiece early in the third quarter.

Colorado’s offense found some early rhythm with Pat Shurmur, recently promoted to the role of co-offensive coordinator, calling the plays from the press box and fellow offensive boss Sean Lewis signaling them in from the sideline.

No. 21 Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes highlights

No. 21 Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes highlights

The Buffaloes scored just once in the second half.

Sanders’ 7-yard TD pass to tight end Michael Harrison late in the third was on the heels of a roughing call on Arizona defensive end Taylor Upshaw. Upshaw briefly joined Colorado in the spring before transferring to Arizona. As Sanders was getting up following the hit, he had some words for Upshaw.

Two-way standout Travis Hunter had five catches for 74 yards on offense and six tackles, along with a pass breakup, on defense.

Sanders, who started his career at Jackson State, is closing in on single-season program records. He has thrown for 3,144 yards this season, just behind the single-season mark of 3,200 set by Sefo Liufau in 2014.

The Wildcats have their best record through 10 games since 2017. That was also the last time they were bowl-eligible until this season.

The Buffaloes played in front of a sellout crowd in all six games at Folsom Field this season. They finished 2-4 at home this season.

Arizona hosts Utah next Saturday. Colorado has two straight road games to finish the season, starting next Friday at Washington State.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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