Familia all ready to watch some good ol' football.Yesterday was the final football game for the Wildcats in the 2011 season and there were a few things I was looking for in this final game:
1. Some fire from our seniors to end their college career big
2. Bonano to show some awesome skill to win me back after missing some kicks at ASU
3. A win (duh)
So the Wildcats took the field to do their pre-game pumped up routine. Very awesome.
And a final talk to get them ready... See 15? That's Bonano. He really needed to impress me to win me back. I was otherwise ignoring him. It was killing him. Can't you tell?
Now since it was our last game, our graduating seniors lined up to receive some applause and recognition. Now even though I was not paying attention, at all, to Bonano, truth of the matter is that he is a senior and I did have a slight feeling of utter despair. Yet something confusing happened....
Then they got all together again and BOOM fireworks and music led to our entrance
Now. I got furious real fast. If you've read anything about the game, you may have heard how the Louisiana-Lafayette coach was confused how they had 10 to our 3 penalties and otherwise complaining. But hold on. Within the first quarter alone we had 4 calls not go our way. When clearly the refs were wrong. Above is the play in which we should have received the ball on their 5 after a fumble. But they gave it to them. And they ended up getting the touchdown later on.
Nonetheless we got the ball back and Bonano kicked a 46yard field goal (which he made) but it was taken away for the chance to move down the field after a penalty on the Cajuns.
I guess I should just come out and say it now. Bonano impressed me. He won me back.
He's seen here chatting with the ref. Probably asking how life was treating him. And making sure he didn't need some water. I assume he's pretty considerate.
Went into halftime with 21-13 Arizona. They then introduced our new coach for 2012 season. Rich Rodriguez. (I apologize for my pictures being ridiculously blurry and making everyone look a weird shade of red)
Then some marching band glory...
Then of course Bonano kicked.... :D
And he made it. Duh.
WHOO! Charge the field! We ended the season 4-8, 2-7 Pac-12. Utter last in the division.
Now UCLA is first and Arizona State is second. And we beat UCLA and ASU. Just throwing that out there.
Criner (also a graduating senior - #82), our receiver, broke the school career record of TD receptions with 32! And that record stood for 36 years!
Now I just need to pick up a #15 jersey...