Arizona Wildcats fans got some great news earlier this week when the Pac-12 announced it was bringing back football this fall. That won’t happen until November, however, so in the interim we have to settle for living vicariously through the exploits of former UA guys currently playing elsewhere.
Ground zero for that on Saturday was Lubbock, Texas, where Texas Tech hosted Texas in what was unofficially dubbed the Schooler Bowl. And what a game it was.
It took overtime, as well as a 15-point comeback in the 2:49 of regulation, but in the end No. 8 Texas came away with a 63-56 win to give Brenden Schooler a win over little brother Colin Schooler.
Brenden, a wide receiver who never played for the UA after coming over from Oregon as a graduate transfer during the offseason, led the Longhorns with seven catches for 58 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass. In two games with Texas he has two TD receptions.
Colin, a linebacker who started every game for Arizona from 2017-19, had seven tackles in his Texas Tech debut. He was unavailable for the Red Raiders’ first game on Sept. 12.
The Texas-Texas Tech game included a third player with Tucson ties in Texas freshman running back Bijan Robinson, who played just up the road from the UA at Salpointe Catholic High School. Robinson had four carries for 12 yards, an 11-yard reception and an incredibly scary moment after trying to hurdle a defender
Robinson somehow popped right up after that play.
The ultimate “This isn’t Salpointe,”reminder. He got right up after this hit for those wondering. pic.twitter.com/QuxqlJbhwC— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) September 26, 2020
Here’s how some other former UA players now at other Division I schools did Saturday:
LB Tony Fields II (West Virginia)
Fields earned his first start in the Mountaineers’ 27-13 loss at Oklahoma State to begin Big 12 play, and as he did in the Mountaineers’ season opener against Eastern Kentucky two weeks ago led the team in tackles with nine. The senior also picked off a pass late in the third quarter, his third career interception after recording two during his three seasons at Arizona.
Tony Fields with his first interception as a Mountaineer!#HailWV pic.twitter.com/FBYmHEks3r— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) September 26, 2020
In two games with West Virginia Fields has 19 tackles, giving him 306 for his career.
The other ex-Wildcat with the Mountaineers, safety Scottie Young Jr., is not eligible this season after transferring.
WR Devaughn Cooper (UTEP)
Technically not a transfer—he was dismissed from the program in May 2019—Cooper is still showing elsewhere what he could have done for the Wildcats had he stuck around. The 5-foot-11 senior had two catches for 44 yards to help UTEP to a 31-6 win at Louisiana-Monroe.
Big deal, right? Actually, it is. UTEP, which went 2-24 the previous three seasons, is 3-1 for the first time since 2010 and won a non-conference road game for the first time in five years. The Miners’ other two wins are against FCS schools, but still.