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Arizona football: Stats for W's? You bet

Scott's numbers among best in nation, but he'd rather be 6-0, 'even 5-1'
2012-10-10T00:00:00Z Arizona football: Stats for W's? You betRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Bye weeks are times for reflection and rejuvenation and, if you happen to be the team's best player, peeks at the stat sheet.

Matt Scott says he'll look - eventually. Asked Tuesday to guess his season passing numbers, the Arizona Wildcats' fifth-year senior quarterback smirked.

"I know I've got 2-something. Right?" he said.

Better than that. Through six games, Scott ranks first in the Pac-12 Conference - and second nationally - with 2,114 passing yards. He has thrown for 13 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.

Scott's 389.33 yards of total offense per game ranks first in the league and fourth in the country. He is responsible for 98 points through six games, the 18th-best mark in the nation.

First-year coach Rich Rodriguez calls Scott a "stud." And fullback Taimi Tutogi says the numbers are a testament to Scott's toughness:

The Wildcats' quarterback has already endured hip and ankle injuries this season and is probably due for more punishment - especially if he throws a Pac-12 record 69 times as he did in last week's 54-48 overtime loss to Stanford.

"Matt really wants to end his senior year with a bang, and I can't blame him," Tutogi said. "The roles he plays in our offense and the way he leads the team, it's exactly what we need."

Scott was 45 of 69 for 491 yards and three touchdowns against Stanford. The Star talked to him on Tuesday about his hot start, Arizona's struggles and his role as a leader. Here's what he said:

So you really don't follow your stats?

A: "I don't really look at them too much. I just want to win games.

I could care less what my numbers look like. I'd rather have 1,500 yards or 1,000 yards and be 6-0, or even 5-1."

Is the offense running the way you thought it would? You've been throwing a lot lately.

A: "I think so. We've picked up the tempo a lot the last few games. I like it. We're moving the ball a lot and putting up some big numbers."

From a leadership standpoint, what do you do when so many of your teammates go down with injuries?

A: "You've just got to step up and encourage those guys who are coming into their place.

"They're probably going to make mistakes. You have to tell them what they did wrong, and hope they improve on each play.

"You can't really get down on them, because then they're going to get down on themselves."

How long did it take you to get over Saturday's loss?

A: (Smirks) "Twenty-four hours. The 24-hour rule works."

What's been the biggest highlight for you so far this season?

A: "It's got to be our last win. It's the only thing I have.

"We haven't won a game (since), so we haven't had many highlights the last couple weeks."

Have you ever thrown 68 passes without getting picked?

A: "No, but I wasn't expecting to have that last one. That makes it even worse. It happens, right?"

That's, what, two games' worth for you when you were in high school?

A: "Probably three or four. I only threw the ball on average 20 times in high school (at Centennial in Corona, Calif.). We had a good running back."

How's your arm after a performance like that?

A: "It's good. I iced it up a little bit, but I'm full-strength."

Do you get sore?

A: "Not in my arm. I grew up playing baseball, and I was a pitcher, so I would throw all the time.

Throwing the football a certain number of times a game isn't anything big for me, especially when I come out here (in practice) and throw 200 or 300 a day."

So what hurts the most?

A: "I can't say one part more than the other. It's just my whole body.

Usually I get treatment on Sunday, and this week I got treatment on Monday, too. I feel better now than I have since the season started."

On StarNet: Follow the Wildcats through the second half of the season at azstarnet.com/finley

Up next

• Who: Washington (3-2, 1-1) at Arizona (3-3, 0-3)

• When 7 p.m., Oct. 20

• TV: Pac-12 Arizona

• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)

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