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Wildcat football hot sheet: Scott's quick kick; Cats, Cowboys in NFL

Quarterback gives opponents one more thing to worry about
2012-09-08T00:00:00Z 2014-10-10T11:29:15Z Wildcat football hot sheet: Scott's quick kick; Cats, Cowboys in NFLRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 08, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Matt Scott set career highs in passing yards and total yards and threw a game-winning touchdown pass in last week's 24-17 overtime victory over Toledo.

But the stats weren't the most special part of his night.

Scott punted for the first time in his football career, booming a 54-yard "quick kick" in the third quarter. If not for a mistake by coverage man Austin Hill, the ball would have been downed at the Rockets' 1-yard line.

The quick kick - a punt by the quarterback or a running back out of the shotgun formation - was Arizona's first since 1995, when tailback Kevin Schmidtke boomed two punts for 105 total yards, and the fifth in the last 23 seasons. Scott's one punt doesn't qualify him for the Pac-12 leader board; if it did, however, he'd be rated first in the conference.

"Doin' it big, punting away," Scott said with a laugh.

First-year coach Rich Rodriguez has called for quick kicks off and on throughout his coaching career. The resulting punt is rarely returnable, in part because the defense is usually lined up in its regular formation.

Saturday's quick kick was called from the sidelines with the Wildcats in the shotgun formation - "because we don't want to tip the defense off to anything," Scott said. He took the snap, just like on a pass play, before punting.

The first kick probably won't be the last. Rodriguez said he expects to call more quick kicks as the season progresses, and for good reason.

"Hey," Rodriguez said, "Matt had a nice ball."

The last time

Visit to Stillwater was beginning of the end for Stoops era at Arizona

Date: Sept. 8, 2011

What went down: Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon for two touchdowns and Oklahoma State posted 594 yards of total offense on the way to a 37-14 rout of the Arizona Wildcats in Stillwater, Okla.

How it read: Star columnist Greg Hansen noted that Arizona was without a half-dozen contributors, including star receiver Juron Criner, for the Stillwater steamrolling.

He wrote:

"But it's doubtful any or all of those injured players would have made much of a difference in Thursday's 37- 14 loss at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys pushed the ball down Arizona's throat in the first 20 minutes, relying as much on an overpowering and experienced offensive line as on marquee names Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Joseph Randle.

"It was a game without mystery and, for OSU, stress-free. In the final 40 minutes, there was but one play of consequence: a fake punt that OSU ran 23 yards to shut off any chance Arizona had to flip the game's momentum. At no point did Arizona look like a team that will be able to win any of its next three games, against Stanford, Oregon and USC."

Turning point: OSU scored touchdowns on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead over the UA after just 16 minutes.

Randle paced the Cowboys' attack, scoring on runs of 1 and 4 yards.

Stats that matter: Weeden completed 19 of his first 20 passes, and finished with 397 passing yards.

The Cowboys scored on six of their seven trips to the red zone; their one miss came when the team kneeled down at the end of the game. Arizona received 398 passing yards from a sharp Nick Foles, but couldn't keep pace with the nation's most potent offense.

It's history: OSU's early season was a sign of good things: The team finished its regular season 11-1, then defeated Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. The Stillwater loss marked the beginning of the end for UA coach Mike Stoops; the Wildcats went on to lose their next four games, and Stoops lost his job.

Cats, Cowboys in NFL

Foes today can boast comparable numbers

Arizona and Oklahoma State haven't matched up particularly well over the last two seasons.

In the NFL, however, the two programs have a much more compelling competition. The first full weekend of the NFL season will boast 17 former OSU players and 14 ex-Wildcats, most of whom match up surprisingly well, position by position. Here's a look:

Oklahoma State Cowboys in the NFL: K Dan Bailey (Cowboys), TE Billy Bajema (Ravens), WR Justin Blackmon (Jaguars), WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys), CB Perrish Cox (49ers), OL Corey Hilliard (Lions), RB Kendall Hunter (49ers), OL Charlie Johnson (Vikings), CB Jacob Lacey (Lions), FS Markelle Martin (Titans), DT Brian McBean (Ravens), OL Russell Okung (Seahawks), DE Juqua Parker (Browns), TE Brandon Pettigrew (Lions), DE Antonio Smith (Texans), QB Brandon Weeden (Browns) and DT Kevin Williams (Vikings).

Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: LB Lance Briggs (Bears), OT Eben Britton (Jaguars), CB Antoine Cason (Chargers), WR Juron Criner (Raiders), QB Nick Foles (Eagles), K Nick Folk (Jets), DB Robert Golden (Steelers), FB Chris Gronkowski (Broncos), TE Rob Gronkowski (Patriots), DT Earl Mitchell (Texans), OLB Brooks Reed (Texans), DE D'Aundre Reed (Vikings), WR Mike Thomas (Jaguars) and CB Trevin Wade (Browns).

'He's got a big heart'

Oklahoman Bundage makes an impression

Cayman Bundage has been on the UA campus for just a few months. He played in his first game last weekend, and left the field shortly thereafter with a leg injury.

All of which makes senior Kyle Quinn's assessment of Bundage so impressive.

Asked to describe the freshman offensive lineman, Quinn - a senior center and the leader of the offensive line - used three words: quiet, aggressive, smart.

"He's the quiet guy that won't back down from a fight," Quinn said. "He's got a big punch behind him, he's got a big heart and he cares so much about football. He's a great kid to have. He's very young, but he's learning fast."

The Star talked to Bundage, an Oklahoma resident, about his hometown, rooting interests and adjustment to college:

You grew up in Oklahoma City. Which college team did you root for?

A: "I grew up watching Oklahoma State a lot. I would root for both the Oklahoma teams, and Tulsa, but when OU played O-State, I'd root for O-State. … I'm just a big fan of college football."

Why?

A: "The high school I came from, our colors were orange and black. I guess it had something to do with that."

What do you miss about home?

A: "Seeing grass everywhere, that's probably the main thing."

You're one of two Oklahomans on the team, and there are 12 players from Texas. Does that connection make Tucson feel more like home?

A: "Yes it does. They're from the same area, so everybody shows each other love."

Oklahoma State at Arizona • 7:30 p.m. • Pac-12 Arizona • 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (spanish)

Game-day breakdown by Ryan Finley

Arizona versus Oklahoma State, by the numbers

10-1

Oklahoma State's record on the road since the start of the 2010 season. Only two schools in the country - Oregon and TCU, both 10-0 - have better marks.

3-5

Arizona's all-time record against Oklahoma State.

1942

Year of Arizona's last win over OSU, a 20-6 victory in Tucson.

2

Times since December 2010 that Arizona and OSU have played each other. They will meet for a third time tonight.

Can he kick it?

Yes he can. Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott boomed a 54-yard "quick kick" in last weekend's win over Toledo. In doing so, he became the fifth non-punter in 23 seasons to boot a ball in a game. Here's a look at the Cats' quick-kick history:

Year Player Punts Yards

2012 QB Matt Scott 1 54

1995 RB Kevin Schmidtke 2 105

1991 WR Terry Vaughn 1 60

1991 QB Bill Prickett 1 50

1990 RB Michael Bates 2 96

Note: LB Derek Earls punted once in the Wildcats' Dec. 2, 2010, game against Arizona State - but Earls, a former high school punter, was filling in on special teams because of an injury.

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Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Cal 4 3 0 0.571
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
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