After playing four consecutive home games in a five-week span, the No. 17 Arizona Wildcats can't wait to get on the road again.
"The road, sometimes, can bring you closer together," coach Mike Stoops said. "Maybe it's a good time for us to regain our focus and just go out there and play."
The UA (4-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) will play its first road game in 43 days when it takes on Washington State on Saturday in Pullman, Wash. The Wildcats opened their season Sept. 3 at Toledo, then returned home to take on The Citadel, Iowa, Cal and Oregon State. The Wildcats went 3-1 during that span, their lone setback coming in Saturday's 29-27 loss to the Beavers.
Though the trip to Pullman is one of the longest of the season, Stoops and the Wildcats players said they're looking forward to the travel. There are fewer distractions in road cities, they say, and they have more time to bond as a team.
Left tackle Adam Grant said playing on the road "makes it a little bit tougher, but it's fun to get out of Tucson for a little bit."
The Wildcats sixth-year senior holds "movie night" for the UA's offensive linemen in his hotel room every Friday before a road game. Other players hang out in the hotel, watching sports and playing cards.
"It's like a camping trip in a lot of ways," Grant said. "You get the boys and you go. We have movie night in my room."
Wade questionable with thigh bruise
Cornerback Trevin Wade is questionable for Saturday's game as he continues to rehab a thigh bruise suffered against Oregon State. Wade did not practice Monday.
"We'll see as the week goes on what his status is," Stoops said.
Mike Turner is listed behind Wade on the depth chart. Arizona would turn to a true freshman, either Shaquille Richardson or Jonathan McKnight, if Wade is unable to play.
"Both of those guys will get a good long look this week," Stoops said.
Stoops said guard Vaughn Dotsy is expected to miss his second consecutive game with a recurring back injury. Fullback Taimi Tutogi is expected to play against the Cougars; he saw limited action last weekend.
Criner receiving raves
Juron Criner 179-yard performance against Oregon State proved what Stoops has suspected for the better part of a year: The junior receiver is the most complete offensive player he has coached.
Through five games, Criner leads the UA in catches (31), receiving yards (531), yards per catch (17.1), yards per game (106.2) and touchdowns (three). He caught 12 passes and a touchdown against the Beavers.
"We've had some other guys who play as hard and fight like he does, but Juron's that prototypical receiver that can go out there and dominate a game," Stoops said.
• Quarterback Nick Foles' 440 passing yards against Oregon State was the fifth-best single-game performance in program history. Foles now owns two of the Wildcats top-10 passing days; he threw for 415 yards against Stanford a year ago.
Foles is still best known for his accuracy; his 67 percent rate would be a school record if it holds.
• This year's Wildcats are no stranger to national TV.
Arizona's Oct. 23 homecoming game against Washington will start at 7:15 p.m. and be shown nationally on ESPN. The Wildcats played their season-opening game against Toledo and Week 3 showdown with Iowa, both wins, on the network. ABC will show the UA-USC game Nov. 13, and ESPN is scheduled to carry the Arizona game Nov. 26 against Oregon and the Dec. 2 rivalry game with Arizona State. The Pac-10 will announce start times for Arizona's Oct. 30 game at UCLA next week.
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• What: Arizona at Washington St.
• When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday
• TV: Versus
• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM