Pondering The Pigskin

The Arizona Cardinals (2-6) lost another NFL East football game to the New York Giants (5-4) 17-10 at Tempe on Nov. 11. The loss made it apparent that the Cardinals are not real contenders even in the weak NFL East Division. An inept offense was once again the principal culprit. A good opportunity for a victory appears to be looming for Sunday when the winless Detroit Lions (0-8) come to town. The Lions lost 20-17 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Arizona State Sun Devils (4-5, 1-5) suffered a 28-16 defeat by the bowl-bound Washington State Cougars (9-1, 6-1) at Tempe on Saturday. The Devils lost quarterback Jeff Krohn to injury at the end of the first half and back-up quarterback Andrew Walter during the third period.

Arizona State seemed poised to erase a 14-9 Washington State lead with the Cougars struggling from the loss of their own quarterback when a Walter’s fumble resulted in a Cougar touchdown. Replays showed that Walter had both knees on the ground at the time of the fumble and unleashed a chorus of boos and some throwing of debris on the field. The damage was done, though, and the Cougars held on for the victory.

The Arizona Wildcats (4-6, 1-6) took a 51-37 thrashing from the Stanford Cardinal at Tucson on Saturday. The loss ended any possibility of post season play for the Wildcats. The ‘Cats will end their season in Tempe on Nov. 23.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (8-2, 5-2) defeated Sacramento State (2-8, 1-5) 50-40 in a Big Sky Conference shoot-out on Saturday. The Lumberjacks will complete their regular season against the Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 3-4)on Saturday in a game postponed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

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