If it wasn't for the final score, Addison Bachman would have had the best game ever.
The Arizona Wildcats' reserve offensive lineman served as a team captain for last weekend's 38-35 loss to Oregon State, taking part in the pregame coin toss. Bachman was summoned from the sidelines in the third quarter, when starting center Kyle Quinn went down with an ankle injury, and finished the game playing with the first-team offense.
Bachman even caught a deflected pass, and was credited with a 10-yard gain.
It was, he admitted, an offensive lineman's dream. Bachman's catch was the first by a UA offensive lineman in nine years: Kili Lefotu was credited with a 3-yard reception off a tip against Washington State in 2003.
"I got a (stat) sheet. I saw the ESPN app, and my name was on there," Bachman said with a chuckle. "A lot of my buddies had fun with that back home. That was a good time."
Said tackle Fabbians Ebbele: "I was proud of him. I was like, 'Pitch it back to me and we can house it.'"
Bachman can expect fewer firsts but more playing time Saturday, when the Wildcats (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) take on No. 18 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. The 6-foot-4-inch, 297-pound senior figures to start if Quinn is unable to suit up.
Even if Quinn somehow plays, Bachman - a transfer from Citrus College in Glendora, Calif. - could pitch in at guard.
Bachman, 22, talked to reporters this week about playing, catching passes and developing a good rapport with his quarterback. Here's what the center said:
On the catch: "I did not want to fumble it. I grabbed it with two hands, then I got tackled from behind. That's what you fall asleep thinking about. You have that vision in your head: What's going to happen here, what if (a teammate) pitches it back?"
On playing with, and behind, Quinn: "He's so keen. He knows the offense so well. I've been learning from him, and when it's my opportunity, it's my opportunity. There's no frustration."
On what makes Quinn so good: "He can see the defense. He does such a good job, pre-snap, of checking out what's happening, seeing what's coming from the field and what's not, just by sitting there. Even in film, he's learning keys - whether the linebacker's on his toes or not on his toes, who's coming and who's not - and he sits down with me now, and we watch film. It's good. He's real smart with that."
On his relationship with quarterback Matt Scott: "We're like some of the best friends on the team. We played against each other in high school. I played at Glendora (Calif.) High and he played at Corona Centennial. They were No. 1 in the nation, and they beat us 57-7. Anyone who brings it up now, I joke around and say: 'We beat them 57-7,' and he laughs. Me and (backup quarterback) B.J. (Denker) are really good friends, too."
On what he's seen from Stanford's defense: "They're good. They're big boys. They like to bull-rush, and they're pretty smart with how they decoy.
"(Coaches) say we have 5 seconds to make a (blocking) call, so it's either make a call and live with it or just try our best to see what's happening. We're going to be playing fast, and they're going to bring it, that's for sure."
On his role as a backup: "You always have to think you're going to play. You're literally only one snap away. You've always got to think. I'm always watching Kyle and the (opposing) defense, and when he comes off the field, I'm listening to what they're saying. You've always got to think you're going in next.
"No, I didn't know I was going to get that much playing time, or that Kyle was going to go down. But in a sense you have to know you're one snap away."
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• Who: Arizona at No. 18 Stanford
• When: Noon, Saturday
• TV: Channel 11
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