ARIZONA’S REPORT CARD
FINAL SCORE: Arizona 59, No. 18 Oklahoma State 38
Quarterback: B+. Matt Scott threw for 320 yards and two scores and ran 19 times for 55 yards in the Wildcats’ upset win. But it’s a different number — zero — that won the Wildcats the game. Scott led a turnover-free performance by the UA offense; in fact, he seemed to play better when the Cowboys got closer.
Running back: B+. Ka’Deem Carey ran a career-high 26 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns; he also caught four passes for 28 yards and a score. No player on either side of the ball was more consistently stellar that the sophomore and former Canyon del Oro High School star.
Wide receivers: B. The UA’s receiving corps cleaned things up after a sloppy performance in Week 1, and it showed. Austin Hill finished with a game-high 124 receiving yards on five catches, and Dan Buckner (6 catches, 60 yards) and Richard Morrison (6 catches, 58 yards) used their size to create separation. Seven different players caught passes.
Offensive line: B+. The Wildcats’ starting five did a solid job against a big, physical OSU defensive front, clearing th way for 501 yards of total offense. Scott was sacked four times, an acceptable number when you consider that between his rush attempts (19) and passes (41), the Cats’ quarterback had the ball for an even 60 plays.
Front-six: B-. Arizona’s defensive linemen and linebackers played admirably despite being outsized by Oklahoma State’s veteran offensive front. Linebacker Jake Fischer finished with a team-high 14 tackles, and safety-turned linebacker Marquis Flowers had nine. Freshman linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson made his second career start, and finished with eight tackles.
Back-five: A. Arizona’s safeties and defensive backs were the difference in Saturday’s win. Jared Tevis had nine tackles and registered two of the team’s three interceptions; the third, a “pick-six” by Jonathan McKnight that extended Arizona’s lead in the fourth quarter, was sprung because of a blitz by safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant.
Special teams: A-. John Bonano followed the worst game of his college career with one of the best: Arizona’s placekicker connected on all three of his field goal attempts, and was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs. Punter Kyle Dugandzic averaged 45.7 yards on three kicks. The only blemish came from Scott, who managed just 10 yards on a “quick kick.”