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What Arizona players said after the Territorial Cup loss to ASU

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The Arizona Wildcats never had a chance in a humiliating 70-7 defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2020 Territorial Cup. The result marks a program-record 12th straight loss and their fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of ASU.

Our full recap can be found here, Coach Kevin Sumlin’s postgame comments can be read/watched here, here is what senior tight end Bryce Wolma and redshirt junior linebacker Parker Henley had to say after the loss.

Senior tight end Bryce Wolma

Bryce Wolma post ASU

Senior tight end Bryce Wolma discussed Arizona Football's loss to ASU

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Friday, December 11, 2020

On whether the team was ready to play at the start of the game: “I mean, yeah, I feel like we were ready to play. We were prepared, but I would just say, it’s embarrassing really, (seven) turnovers. You can’t win with (seven) turnovers.”

On what was the biggest area of struggle offensively: “Focus and execution. I think it really came out of turnovers. I thought we were moving the ball okay but you can’t have interceptions, you can’t have fumbles that turn into 35 or 42 points for them.”

On what Coach Sumlin said to the team after the game: “He said, basically you got two options. You can either give up and quit, which he doesn’t believe we have any of those guys, or you can rally each other around, come back to this game next week and then next season with a different attitude.”

On what he thinks needs to change with the program: “I think guys are giving effort. Guys want to win obviously. It’s a combination of a lot of things, but I think when it comes down to it, we have good game plans but when we get into the games we just aren’t executing. There comes a time where you as players, coaches, everybody we just got to look ourselves in the mirror and ask who you are and what you want to do and what can you personally do to change it.”

On how as a handle he helps players handle their emotions after such a tough loss: “It’s tough. The one word I’d use is everyone’s extremely frustrated. No one’s happy. Everyone knows we can be doing better so as a captain it’s my role to no matter the situation, (tell them) we’re a brotherhood. We’ve got to rely on each other when things aren’t going well. We’ve got to communicate with each other. We’ve got to lift each other up.”

On whether he plans to return for another year: “I have another year of eligibility so I’m going to use that.”

On how the team stayed motivated despite the score: “I think the thing that keeps you motivated is opportunity. I know a lot of young guys (played). We had a lot of guys go down with injuries tonight. That’s at least one positive. We got some young guys some great looks, great in-game reps to build on and get better.”

Redshirt junior linebacker Parker Henley

Parker Henley

Hear what senior walk-on linebacker Parker Henley said after Arizona Football's loss to ASU

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Friday, December 11, 2020

On what happened defensively: Just didn’t execute. “We’ve got to make up for our offense’s missteps.”

On the locker room mood after the game: “It’s not good. We know we’re still a family but it’s not good.”

On what it was like to participate in a senior day ceremony before the game: “It was nice to end on that kind of note, except for the game, but I don’t know, on to the rest of my life.”

On his future plans: “Just focus on school and eventually be an engineer.”

On whether a game like Friday’s loss is still fun to play in: “I find fun playing football. Personally I was doing well but as a team no I don’t find fun in losing.”

On how to find motivation to give effort in a lopsided contest: “Just playing football. At that point you’re just playing for yourself. You’ve got just love playing the game.”

On what he’ll take away from his experience at Arizona: “Dealing with adversity for sure. Being a walk-on all four years it’s tough.”

On whether he feels the team was prepared for the game: “I actually did. I felt like we were prepared but we just didn’t execute when we needed it. Started off on the back foot.”