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FINAL: Arizona 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 37

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Colin Darland
Colin Darland / Daily Wildcat

Arizona’s nightmare season ended on a high note.

Senior quarterback Bryson Beirne started for the first time in his career, Arizona (4-8), 2-7 Pac-12) racked up 494 yards of total offense and the Wildcats took down Louisiana-Lafayette, 45-37, at Arizona Stadium on Saturday for their second consecutive win.

Beirne completed four of five passes on Arizona’s opening drive but threw an interception that ultimately resulted in the Ragin’ Cajuns (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt) marching on a three-play, 60-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead.

Nick Foles, who was questionable to play with a rib contusion suffered in the 31-27 win over ASU, then took over for Beirne. Foles threw for 352 yards and 3 scores on 33-of-43 passing, going over the 10,000-yard mark for his career.

Louisiana-Lafayette left no page in the playbook unturned, using a fake punt, onside kick and going to the wildcat formation multiple times on Saturday en route to 408 total yards.

ULL got the game to within eight points after their record-tying seventh interception return for a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter but Daniel Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff to the 2-yard line and, after a delay of game penalty, Keola Antolin scored from seven yards out to stretch Arizona’s lead back to 15 — his 26th career rushing score, putting him in a tie for fourth place on Arizona’s all-time list.

The Ragin’ Cajuns got to within 8 again after freshman running back Alonzo Harris scored from five yards out to cap off a 10-play, 71-yard drive. Arizona answered with an eight-play, 72-yard drive that was capped off by a 35-yard touchdown catch by Juron Criner on a screen play, his second score of the day.

ULL got the game down to one possession one final time when quarterback Blaine Gautier scored from 11 yards out on a draw play, but Arizona got the ball back with 5:05 to play and took the remaining time off the clock.

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