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Arizona wins Pac-12 opener at Stanford despite injuries, sloppy offense

Ugly wins are better that pretty losses.

Arizona won a game it tried its darnedest to lose, rallying to beat Stanford 21-20 on Saturday night in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) won their Pac-12 opener for the first time since 2019, ending a 6-game skid to the Cardinal and coming out ahead in Palo Alto for the first time since 2006. And they did so with a fourth-quarter comeback led by their backup quarterback and third-string running back.

DJ Williams’ 2-yard touchdown run with 7:42 left was the game winner, and it came with Noah Fifita at quarterback.