The Arizona Wildcats are getting noticed, a day after their stunning upset of Oklahoma State.
The UA is ranked 24th in the latest Associated Press poll, released this morning. The Wildcats are one of five Pac-12 programs in the top-25: USC (2nd), Oregon (4th), Stanford (21st) and UCLA (22nd) are the others. Arizona State and Oregon State appeared in the “others receiving votes” category. The UA is ranked 25th in the latest coaches' poll.
The Wildcats (2-0) scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns Saturday on the way to a 59-38 dismantling of then-No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona Stadium. Though the Cowboys outgained them, 636 yards to 501, the UA forced four turnovers.
The win was the biggest of the Rich Rodriguez era, and the Wildcats’ first against a ranked team since Sept. 18, 2010, when they defeated Iowa at home. The UA had lost its previous six gmes against top-25 teams.
Quarterback Matt Scott said Saturday that the win “makes us relevant.”
“A lot of people out there think we’re not relevant at all,” he said. “To be relevant again, you need to beat a ranked team. We beat a ranked team tonight, a really good thing, but it doesn’t mean anything, really. We’re going to think about this thing for a couple hours, come back tomorrow and get back to work.”