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Arizona Wildcats report card: Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14

2011-09-09T00:47:00Z 2011-09-09T08:19:30Z Arizona Wildcats report card: Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14 Arizona Daily Star

ARIZONA'S REPORT CARD

Final score: Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14

Quarterback: B+. Nick Foles played well in an unenviable position, completing 37 of 51 yards for 398 mostly empty yards,. The Wildcats' quarterback threw for just one score, but did not turn the ball over. Given the circumstances, Foles' effort was a noble one.

Running backs: D. The UA's backs rushed just 19 times for just 41 yards. Keola Antolin caught two passes for 10 yarsd, and Ka'Deem Carey grabbed one for four yards. Following the game, coach Mike Stoops vowed to run more; after all, they can't run any less.

Wide receivers: B+. The UA's receivers stepped up with Juron Criner out, with Dan Buckner leading the way. The University of Texas transfer caught 10 passes for 142 yards and a score, while redshirt freshman Austin Hill caught eight passes for 128 yards. Hill fumbled once, costing the UA a scoring chance just before halftime. David Douglas (6 catches, 48 yards) rebounded after being shut out in Week 1.

Offensive line: C. First, the good news: Foles was sacked just once for a loss of 13 yards. The bad? Arizona coaches have such little faith in the line's run-blocking that they're avoiding it altogether. The UA needs some semblance of a rushing attack to compete with Stanford, Oklahoma, USC and Oregon State.

Front 7: C. Arizona sacked OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden just once - a team sack on a slip-and-fall play - a shocking stat given that he attempted a school-record 53 passes. Linebackers Paul Vassallo and Derek Earls each finished with eight tackles, and Vassallo added a tackle-for-loss.

Secondary: C-. Shaquille Richardson continued to struggle against Justin Blackmon, allowing the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner to run wild. Richardson was isolated, and then exploited, for two touchdown passes. Trevin Wade finished with eight tackles, and safety Mark Watley came off the bench to intercept a pass.

Special teams: C. Jaime Salazar hit both PATs he attempted, and Kyle Dugandzic averaged 48 yards per punt. Both were overshadowed, however, by Arizona's inability to stop a fake punt in the third quarter. The 23-yard gain iced the game.

 

 

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