ARIZONA’S REPORT CARD
FINAL SCORE: Arizona 52, Washington 17
Quarterback: A-. Matt Scott was stellar again Saturday, albeit in a different way. The Wildcats’ senior quarterback attempted 22 passes — and just five in the second half — while playing mostly a caretaker’s role. His final stats — 14 of 22 for 256 yards and four touchdowns; 8 carries, 43 yards and one touchdown — were below his season average, but still impressive given Scott’s limited. Scott was intercepted as he drove the UA late in the first half, and the Huskies scored; it was the one major miscue on an otherwise impressive night.
Running back: A. Ka’Deem Carey continues to show why he’s one of the West’s premier backs. The sophomore tailback ran 29 times for 172 yards and a score Saturday, a nearly 6 yards-per-tote average. Carey was at his best early, shredding Washington’s defense for 109 first-half yards. Carey’s third-quarter fumble was, by comparison, an aberration; nobody on either team played better.
Wide receivers: B+. Dan Buckner continued to impress Saturday, catching five passes for a team-high 86 yards. Garic Wharton caught a career-best three passes for 59 yards and a score, and Austin Hill had two touchdowns on as many catches.
Offensive line: A-. Though they were without starting center Kyle Quinn and starting guard Trace Biskin, the Wildcats’ offensive linemen put together a night to remember. Arizona rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns; Scott played all night without taking a sack.
Front-six: B+. The Wildcats harassed Washington’s Keith Price all night, sacking the Huskies’ quarterback four times while limiting him to just one passing touchdown. Linebacker Jake Fischer finished with a game-high nine tackles and defensive end Justin Washington, making his first start of the season, had four. Linebacker Marquis Flowers forced a key third-quarter fumble.
Back-five: A-. Arizona’s safeties and defensive backs surrendered 256 passing yards to a quarterback, Price, who was clearly off his game. UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught eight passes for a game-high 110 yards. But Saturday, the Wildcats’ defense did more than enough to make the numbers academic. Price, after all, attempted 52 passes — and UA safeties Tra’Mayne Bondurant and Jourdon Grandon both had interceptions. Six of Arizona’s eight leading tacklers played in the backfield.
Special teams: A. After being battered for weeks in this space, the Wildcats’ special teams can celebrate. Saturday, they made a big difference. Richard Morrison returned a UW punt 63 yards for a touchdown, John Bonano hit a field goal and seven PATs, and Kyle Dugandzic averaged 41 yards per punt. Bottle this, Wildcats, and the season will end nicely.