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Arizona Wildcats' report card: No. 1 Oregon 48, Arizona 29

2010-11-27T01:49:00Z Arizona Wildcats' report card: No. 1 Oregon 48, Arizona 29 Arizona Daily Star

FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Oregon 48, Arizona 29

QUARTERBACK: A-. Nick Foles was stellar for the first time since dislocating his right kneecap against Washington State on Oct. 16. The Wildcats' junior quarterback completed 29 of 54 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns, the fourth-best single-game performance in UA history. Foles missed a handful of open receivers and was intercepted once, a second quarter mistake that didn't hurt the Wildcats much. They forced an Oregon safety just a few plays later.

RUNNING BACKS: C-. The UA's running backs struggled against an Oregon defense that was uncommonly stout against the run. Nicolas Grigsby ran 16 times for 44 yards, while Keola Antolin gained just 17 yards on eight carries. The Wildcats' designated "home-run hitters" were relegated to slap singles; Antolin's longest run went for 11 yards, while Grigsby topped out at seven.

WIDE RECEIVERS: B+. Terrence Miller continues to develop into one of the Wildcats' most promising stars. The sophomore from Moreno Valley, Calif., caught a team-best eight passes for 96 yards in his second career start. Juron Criner was his usual dominant self, gashing Oregon for 109 yards on three catches. He scored touchdowns of eight and 85 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE: B-. The Wildcats' blockers did a solid job, especially considering center Colin Baxter was questionably to play because of a knee injury. While their run-blocking lacked, the UA did a good job of protecting Foles; he was sacked just once in 54 pass attempts.

FRONT 7: D+. The Ducks rushed for 389 yards and four touchdowns against an overmatched UA front; they averaged 6.8 yards per carry. Arizona's linebackers forced a second-quarter turnover, with Paul Vassallo forcing a fumble and Jake Fischer recovering it. Defensive ends Brooks Reed and D'Aundre Reed had six tackles apiece, and defensive tackle Lolomana Mikaele was credited with three of the Wildcats' seven tackles for loss.

SECONDARY: C. Adam Hall intercepted Oregon's Darron Thomas at the end of the Ducks' first drive, his second turnover in as many weeks. Hall finished with 11 tackles, but was flagged for 30 yards' worth of penalties during a two-play stretch and burned for a few deep plays. Cornerback Trevin Wade and safeties Joe Perkins and Anthony Wilcox all finished with four stops.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-. The good: Alex Zendejas connected on both of his field goal attempts, and cornered the Ducks at their 1 with a pooch-punt late in the game. The bad: Arizona continues to be burned by poor special teams play. Elmore jumped offside during a failed Oregon field goal attempt, extending a drive that led to a touchdown. And Mike Turner fumbled a punt, leading to another UO score. On a night when Arizona had to be perfect, the miscues were backbreakers.

 

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