Date: Oct. 16, 2010
What went down: Nick Foles went down with a knee injury, but Arizona turned to backup Matt Scott and its run game to pull out a 24-7 win in Pullman, Wash. Scott finished 14 for 20 for 139 yards and a pick after Foles started 6 for 7.
How it read: Greg Hansen wrote that even though the UA left Pullman with a win, concerns lingered over Foles’ health. He wrote:
“One by one, Foles hobbled down the eight steps and made his way through the chilly night. It made you wonder if Arizona’s football season has been similarly chilled.
“There was no happy chatter in the locker room; Mike Stoops was blunt. His team didn’t play well, and he lost his No. 1 quarterback until mid-November, maybe longer, maybe until 2011.
“But the last thing Stoops and his co-offensive coordinators, Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell, are going to do is to show worry and freak out the rest of the team and especially quarterback Matt Scott. And so they didn’t.
“It’s football,” said Arizona tri-captain and senior center Colin Baxter. “We’ll just be blocking for a different guy now.”
If only it were that easy.
Turning point: Leading 7-0 early in the second quarter, Arizona put together a 15-play, 95-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run from Keola Antolin. Nic Grigsby added another score in the third quarter, and Arizona led 21-0.
Stats that matter: Arizona rushed for 142 yards on 47 carries, and Washington State was limited to 40 yards on 34 carries. Antolin finished with 92 yards on 21 carries, and Grigsby added 66.
It’s history: The Wildcats won their next two games against Washington and UCLA, but then lost their last five games to finish 7-6. The Cougars lost four of their next five and finished the season 2-10.