Jedd Fisch 'thrilled' about program's turnaround, amazing defensive performance in Alamo Bowl
Jedd Fisch gushed about his team’s win over Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl at Thursday’s post-game press conference.
Fish was especially pleased with how the defense played. The Arizona defense forced 6 turnovers and scored a defensive touchdown as Gunner Maldonado housed an 87-yard fumble return.
“I’ll just say I’m really thrilled for our team today. The way our team played this game I thought was just pretty amazing,” said Fisch. “Defensively, 6 takeaways in a game, they kept us in the game, they made plays at the right time. They scored a touchdown. They set up great field position. I can’t say enough of our defensive staff, our defensive players and what they did for this game. Just amazing.”
On the offense, it was more of the same as Noah Fifita and Tetairoa McMillan led the way. Fifita had 354 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. McMillan led the team with 10 receptions for 160 receiving yards.
“I would say that on top of that, I think offensively, Noah, T. Mack, Jacob just made some plays in the passing game when we needed it.” Fisch said.
Fisch went 1-11 in his 1st season with the program in 2021. This season, the Wildcats finished 10-3. Fisch couldn’t praise his team enough for being part of the huge turnaround at Arizona.
“Together I think as a team we just played great football, but more than anything, I would say 2 years ago we started this journey, and we were coming off — we got hired here, we went 1-11, and everybody believed in what we were trying to get done, and these guys up here, almost all of them joined us, Dalton and Gunnar were there for that first year, the other 3 guys came and joined us after the first year,” said Fisch. “Just for this team, the amount of players we have that joined us while we were going through the adversity, for them to be able to experience this now is pretty amazing.”
Arizona will be joining the Big 12 next season with Fisch at the helm.