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Arizona Wildcats report card, Holiday Bowl edition: Nebraska 33, Arizona 0

Arizona Wildcats report card, Holiday Bowl edition: Nebraska 33, Arizona 0

Quarterback: F. Sophomore Nick Foles appeared lost under center, completing just 6 of 20 yards for 28 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked twice in a performance that, perception-wise, changes everything. Matt Scott completed four of 11 passes for 18 yards, and rushed once for four yards.

Running back: C-. Nicolas Grigsby was finally healthy after missing more than a month with a separated shoulder, not that it showed. Grigsby rushed just four times for eight yards. Keola Antolin led the team with 69 yards on 11 carries.

Wide receiver: D. The Wildcats’ receivers didn’t help Foles in the least, dropping passes and running poor routes all night. Delashaun Dean caught three passes for 24 yards and had the longest catch (13 yards) of the night. Antolin, Juron Criner, Grigsby and Terrell Turner had two grabs apiece.

Offensive line: C. The Wildcats’ line did a good job of containing Ndamukong Suh, who finished with just three tackles, and protected better than the final score would indicate.

Front 7: C-. The Wildcats’ defense was shredded by Nebraska’s tailback all night, allowing 223 rushing yards on 48 carries. The front-seven seemed confused by the Cornhuskers’ wrinkles and gadget plays, notably the ‘Wildcat’ formation and lead-option plays. Linebacker Xavier Kelley had nine tackles in his final college game, including one for loss. Vuna Tuihalamaka had four tackles.

Secondary: D. Devin Ross dropped two sure interceptions and was burned for a 74-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Safety Cam Nelson led the team with 10 tackles and Ross had seven, always a bad sign.

Special teams: C+. The Wildcats’ special teamers get the highest grades by default. Keenyn Crier had a solid game, averaging 36.6 yards per punt and dropping three of them inside Nebraska’s 20. Returner Bug Wright had three kickoff returns for 86 yards. John Bonano kicked off just once — to start the second half. Placekicker Alex Zendejas wasn’t used.


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