Arizona football: 10 moments that changed complexion of OSU game

2012-10-01T00:00:00Z 2012-10-02T06:59:37Z Arizona football: 10 moments that changed complexion of OSU gameRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Saturday's game officially ended at 10:43 p.m., after Oregon State's Rashaad Reynolds intercepted Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott near midfield.

But it was over minutes earlier, when Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion found Connor Hamlett for a decisive touchdown.

Of course, the game may have been decided during OSU's dominant first quarter, or on one of Arizona's handful of silly penalties.

"It's never one play that beats you," UA coach Rich Rodriguez said.

In the case of Saturday's 38-35 loss to Oregon State, it was about 10. From Arizona's sluggish start to the game's frantic finish, the game included more turning points than a prizefight.

The Wildcats (3-2 overall, 0-2 Pac-12) left Arizona Stadium with the bruises to show for it.

Here are 10 moments that changed the game:

First quarter

• Tevis goes down. UA safety Jared Tevis rolled his left ankle while challenging OSU receiver Markus Wheaton for a jump ball in the end zone. Trainers worked on the former walk-on for a few long minutes before helping him off the field. He tweeted Saturday night that "it's looking like a bad sprain."

• Cats run into kicker. Jonathan McKnight ran into Trevor Romaine shortly after the OSU kicker missed a short field goal attempt. The Wildcats were penalized 5 yards, and OSU's drive was extended; Mannion soon found Wheaton alone in the end zone, giving the Beavers a 7-0 lead.

Second quarter

• Arizona (finally) scores. Tyler Anderson's 1-yard touchdown gave OSU a 17-0 lead with 6:10 remaining before halftime. Faced with a must-score drive, Arizona delivered. Ka'Deem Carey's 1-yard touchdown run - and ensuing PAT - snapped a 93-minute scoreless streak dating back to Week 3.

Third quarter

• Scott suffers, then leads team to lead. Arizona's senior quarterback drove his team to three touchdowns in an 11-minute span; that he did it on one leg was doubly impressive.

Scott rolled his ankle while trying to avoid a tackle on the team's first drive of the second half. He missed exactly one play.

• Poyer makes "SportsCenter" with athletic INT. OSU was trailing 21-17 and Arizona was driving past midfield when cornerback Jordan Poyer made the play of his life. Using tremendous focus and great feet, Poyer snagged an interception after Richard Morrison bobbled a pass along the sideline. The Beavers drove and then scored to take a 24-21 lead.

• Cats pounce on fumble, add another score. Tra'Mayne Bondurant rocked Oregon State running back Storm Woods, forcing a fumble that Arizona recovered with 1:25 left in the quarter. Scott then found Dan Buckner for a 16-yard touchdown, and the Cats led 28-24.

Fourth quarter

• Beavers retake the lead. His team trailing by four, Mannion mounted the first of two fourth-quarter scoring drives. His 20-yard pass to Wheaton gave OSU a 31-28 lead with 8:35 left.

• Wildcats answer back. Scott found Austin Hill for a 7-yard touchdown pass with 5:34 remaining in regulation, giving the Wildcats a four-point lead - but leaving the Beavers a lot of time left on the clock. The score marked a turn of events for Arizona: A week after going 0 for 6 with no points in the red zone, the Wildcats converted on 4-of-5 tries with four touchdowns.

• Beavers grind Arizona into the ground, take lead with 1:09 left. OSU saved its best drive for last. Mannion drove the Beavers 75 yards in 10 plays, capping it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hamlett. The third-down completion - and resulting PAT - gave the Beavers a three-point lead with 1:09 left.

"I wasn't sure I was open at first," Hamlett said, "but Sean made a great throw and I adjusted. The touchdown just came from there."

• The final pick. Arizona's final drive didn't make it past midfield.

"They made a play at the end," Rodriguez said, "and we didn't."

Up next

• What: Arizona at No. 18 Stanford

• When: Noon Saturday

• TV: Ch 11

• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

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