Arizona's report card against Oklahoma State

2012-09-10T00:00:00Z 2012-09-10T10:50:50Z Arizona's report card against Oklahoma StateRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Quarterback

B+ Matt Scott threw for 320 yards and two scores and ran 19 times for 55 yards in the Wildcats' upset win. Scott led a turnover-free performance by the UA offense; in fact, he seemed to play better when the Cowboys got closer.

Running back

B+ Ka'Deem Carey ran a career-high 26 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns; he also caught four passes for 28 yards and a score. No player on either side of the ball was more consistently stellar.

Wide receivers

B The UA's receiving corps cleaned things up after a sloppy performance in Week 1, and it showed. Austin Hill finished with a game-high 124 receiving yards on five catches, and Dan Buckner (6 catches, 60 yards) and Richard Morrison (6 catches, 58 yards) used their size to create separation.

Offensive line

B+ The Wildcats' starting five did a solid job against a big, physical OSU defensive front, clearing the way for 501 yards of total offense. Scott was sacked four times, an acceptable number when you consider that between his rush attempts (19) and passes (41), he had the ball for an even 60 plays.

Front six

B- Arizona's defensive linemen and linebackers played admirably despite being outsized by Oklahoma State's veteran offensive front. Linebacker Jake Fischer finished with a team-high 14 tackles, and safety-turned-linebacker Marquis Flowers had nine. Freshman linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson had eight tackles.

Back five

A Arizona's safeties and defensive backs were the difference in Saturday's win. Jared Tevis had nine tackles and two of the team's three interceptions; the third, a "pick-six" by Jonathan McKnight that extended Arizona's lead in the fourth quarter, was set up by a blitz by safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant.

Special teams

A- John Bonano followed the worst game of his college career with one of the best: Arizona's place-kicker made all three of his field goal attempts, and was 6 for 6 on PATs. Kyle Dugandzic averaged 45.7 yards on three punts. The only blemish came from Scott, who got just 10 yards on a quick kick.

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