Arizona's report card vs. Huskies: Grades all honor-roll worthy

2012-10-22T00:00:00Z 2014-10-10T11:31:53Z Arizona's report card vs. Huskies: Grades all honor-roll worthyRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 22, 2012 12:00 am  • 


A- Matt Scott was stellar again Saturday, albeit in a different way. The Wildcats' senior quarterback attempted 22 passes - and just five in the second half - while playing mostly a caretaker's role. His final stats - 14 of 22 for 256 yards and four touchdowns; 8 carries, 43 yards and one touchdown - were below his season average but still impressive given Scott's limited role. Scott was intercepted as he drove the UA late in the first half, and the Huskies scored; it was the one major miscue on an otherwise impressive night.

Running back

A Ka'Deem Carey continues to show why he's one of the West's premier backs. The sophomore tailback ran 29 times for 172 yards and a score Saturday, a nearly 6 yards-per-tote average. Carey was at his best early, shredding Washington's defense for 109 first-half yards. Carey's third-quarter fumble was, by comparison, an aberration; nobody on either team played better.

Wide receivers

B+ Dan Buckner continued to impress Saturday, catching five passes for a team-high 86 yards. Garic Wharton caught a career-best three passes for 59 yards and a score, and Austin Hill had two touchdowns on as many catches.

Offensive line

A-Though they were without starting center Kyle Quinn and starting guard Trace Biskin, the Wildcats' offensive linemen put together a night to remember. Arizona rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns; Scott played all night without taking a sack.

Front six

B+ The Wildcats harassed Washington's Keith Price all night, sacking the Huskies' quarterback four times while limiting him to just one passing touchdown. Linebacker Jake Fischer finished with a game-high nine tackles and defensive end Justin Washington, making his first start of the season, had four. Linebacker Marquis Flowers forced a key third-quarter fumble.

Back five

A-Arizona's safeties and defensive backs surrendered 256 passing yards to a quarterback, Price, who was clearly off his game. UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught eight passes for a game-high 110 yards. But Saturday, the Wildcats' defense did more than enough to make the numbers academic. Price, after all, attempted 52 passes - and UA safeties Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Jourdon Grandon each had interceptions. Six of Arizona's eight leading tacklers played in the backfield.

Special teams

A After being battered for weeks in this space, the Wildcats' special teams can celebrate. Saturday, they made a big difference. Richard Morrison returned a UW punt 63 yards for a touchdown, John Bonano hit a field goal and seven PATs, and Kyle Dugandzic averaged 41 yards per punt. Bottle this, Wildcats, and the season will end nicely.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
USC 6 2 0 0.750 7 3 0 0.700
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
ASU 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Arizona 5 2 0 0.714 8 2 0 0.800
Utah 4 3 0 0.571 7 3 0 0.700
Colorado 0 7 0 0.000 2 8 0 0.200

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857 9 1 0 0.900
Stanford 3 4 0 0.429 5 5 0 0.500
Cal 3 5 0 0.375 5 5 0 0.500
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286 3 7 0 0.300
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
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