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Ryan Finley grades Arizona Wildcats against Oregon - all D's and C's

2012-09-23T01:30:00Z 2012-09-24T11:28:03Z Ryan Finley grades Arizona Wildcats against Oregon - all D's and C'sBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star


FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Oregon 49, No. 22 Arizona 0

Quarterback: D+. Matt Scott struggled in his biggest start of the season, completing just 22 off 44 passes for 210 yards. He was intercepted three times; once, the Ducks returned the picks for touchdowns. It’s unclear how a hip injury suffered in the first quarter affected Scott’s mobility; he ran just five times for 9 yards — and only three times after suffering the injury. The hip problem may have limited Scott’s running ability in the red zone; the Wildcats were 0-for-6 inside the 20 with no points.

Running backs: C. Arizona’s rushing game struggled against a fast, opportunistic defense. Ka’Deem Carey gained 79 yards on 21 carries, and caught four passes for 37 yards, but fumbled the ball away early. Daniel Jenkins (3 carries, 4 yards; 1 catch, 7 yards) started, along with Carey, but was an afterthought.

Wide receivers: C. If there was a bright side to Saturday’s loss — and there wasn’t — it might have been the play of David Richards. The redshirt freshman receiver caught a game-high seven passes for 50 yards. Austin Hill (6 catches, 50 yards) was solid again, and Dan Buckner had three grabs for 42 yards.

Offensive line: C-. Arizona’s backs averaged just 2.8 yards per carry — bad for the line — but Scott was sacked just once. Chris Putton moved from guard to tackle shortly after Mickey Baucus was called for a facemask. Ten different offensive linemen played in the loss.

Front-six: C+. It was a strange night for the Wildcats’ defenders, who didn’t play poorly — the Ducks scored just four offensive touchdowns — but didn’t exactly play well, either. Defensive end Reggie Gilbert forced a fumble in the first half, and linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson finished with 10 tackles. Jake Fischer recovered a fumble, and finished with seven stops.

Back-five: C+. The final score masked a solid performance by “bandit” Jared Tevis, who finished with a game-high 12 tackles and forced two fumbles. Tra’Mayne Bondurant (10 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss) continues to look comfortable at the “spur” position. Jonathan McKnight had another interception, his third in as many weeks.

Special teams: D+. The kicking game continues to confound the Wildcats, who left (at least) six points on the board Saturday. Holder Kyle Dugandzic muffed a snap in the first quarter, and kicker John Bonano never had a chance to attempt a field goal; Bonano missed a short kick later in the half. Arizona punted six times for 264 yards, but were burned by a De’Anthony Thomas return.

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