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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Triumph cements Tuitama's legacy

By Patrick Finley ARIZONA DAILY STAR The game had ended, and the field flooded with fans like a wash after a rainstorm. The red-clad mob grabbed Willie Tuitama and lifted him on their shoulders. Then Tuitama did something that — at least outwardly — seemed very un-Tuitama-like. "I just started yelling," he said. "Flexing my muscles. I was just doing whatever I could to get that emotion out." By defeating Arizona State on Saturday, Tuitama avoided the embarrassment of becoming the first quarterback for either team to lose the Territorial Cup four times. But more importantly, he secured an invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl for the Wildcats — and sealed a legacy for himself. "There are always critics," Tuitama said. "But to get this win and for us to move on to a good bowl game — and to keep them out — feels good." The UA quarterback wasn't flashy — well, as vanilla as he could be — considering he completed 25 of 37 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

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