Arizona football: Cats find running game at scrimmage

2011-04-10T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:12:10Z Arizona football: Cats find running game at scrimmageRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 10, 2011 12:00 am  • 

As rain fell Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats discovered something that's been missing for most of spring drills: a running game.

Running backs Daniel Jenkins, Keola Antolin, Kylan Butler and Taimi Tutogi combined for 134 yards and a touchdown in the UA's second spring scrimmage, held at Arizona Stadium. The workout was closed to the public and media, though statistics were released Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats' offense scored twice in their eight drives, with backup quarterback Matt Scott leading the way. Scott completed 7 of 12 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard completion to receiver Richard Morrison.

Antolin, projected starter at tailback, ran six times for 32 yards. Jenkins led the Wildcats with 42 rushing yards on nine carries, and plunged in a score on the 63rd and final play of the scrimmage.

Eight of Arizona's 19 first downs came via the run; the backs combined for 4.6 yards per carry.

The ground attack neutralized an uneven performance by Nick Foles. The UA starting quarterback completed 7 of 16 passes for 32 yards; he was intercepted twice.

Cornerback Jonathan McKnight and safety Mark Watley were responsible for the turnovers. McKnight finished with two pass deflections, most on the team. The defense made six stops, two coming off the turnovers.

The Wildcats' rebuilt offensive line didn't allow a sack, though Foles and Scott were flushed out of the pocket a combined four times. Morrison caught three passes for 45 yards, most of any UA receiver. Austin Hill caught four passes for 29 yards, and Terrence Miller had three grabs for 10 yards.

Saturday's scrimmage marked the final official tuneup before Saturday's spring game at Arizona Stadium. The 1:30 p.m. game is free for the public.

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• What: Arizona spring game

• When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

• Where: Arizona Stadium

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