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Arizona Coyotes and University of Arizona football both snap long losing streaks

Both the Arizona Coyotes and the University of Arizona football team snapped double digit losing streaks on Saturday, bringing both teams the first win of their respective seasons, and UA’s first win since 2019.

The Wildcats had gone 763 days without winning a football game, the equivalent of 20 games over three seasons.

UA bested the University of California Golden Bears 10-3, after 24 Cal’s players and coaches — including seven starters — entered COVID-19 protocols before the game and were unable to play.

The Coyotes had tied the franchise record for its worst start to a season, going 11 straight games without a win.

The team defeated the Seattle Kraken, a newly formed NHL franchise which had played only 11 total games going into Saturday’s matchup, 5-4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the number of Cal starters who missed the game due to COVID-19 protocols.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.