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Complete GAME STATS
QB Matt Scott (Jr.)
Passing: 14/20, 139 yards, INT
Rushing: 9 carries, -7 yards
Scott played good, not great, throwing the ball in relief duty for the injured Nick Foles. The back-up’s mechanics looked much improved from a year ago when he lost his job to Foles early in the year. Pocket presence, timing, accuracy and arm strength, they we’re all there. Plus he can still run.
His previous experience in the system and on the field makes him arguable one of the country’s best back-ups.
He’s still no Foles, though. Scott failed to find the end zone, threw an interception and rushed for -7 yards against the nation’s worst (120th) D-I defense. That won’t cut it this week against Washington.
RB Keola Antolin (Jr.)
Rusing: 21 carries, 92 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: 1 catch, 16 yards
Antolin is playing like his hair’s on fire, lucky for Arizona, the junior’s ponytail stretches half way down his back. Nic Grigsby is still the starter but Antolin’s recent production can’t be denied.
Co-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell said it best when he told reporters, “Nic does some good things…but Keola’s putting himself in a position where we need to get him the ball a little bit more.”
CB Shaquille Richardson (Fr.)
7 tackles (all solo), 2 INTs, 3 pass def
For his efforts, Richardson was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Not bad for a freshman starting in his first college game, for injured junior, Trevin Wade, who dressed but was unable to go with a thigh bruise.
It’s just one game but Richardson looks to be the complete package. He proved he can tackle leading the team with a game-high seven solo stops and showed he could shut down the pass, recording two interceptions and three of the Wildcats six pass break-ups.
He won’t take Wade’s job as long as he’s healthy, but Richardson most likely earned himself a significant amount of extra playtime from here on out in nickel and dime packages.
DE Ricky Elmore (Sr.)
6 tackles (4 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 TFL
The Wildcats defense spent most of the day in the Cougars backfield. Thirteen tackles-for loss to be exact. Elmore lead the charge, recording team-highs in TFL(3) and sacks (2.5). He also finished tied for second in tackles with six.
With Foles out for the time-being (2-3 weeks), Arizona will be counting on Elmore and the defense as the game plan changes from unstoppable offense to impenetrable defense.
P Keenyn Crier (Sr.)
5 punts, 42.8 avg, 3 inside the 20
Crier has been a disappointment in 2010, averaging just 40.5 yards per punt in six games. It does however look like he has begun to turn the corner and play up to expectations.
Crier finished Saturday’s game with three punts inside the Cougars’ 20-yard line. He had recorded just two punts inside the 20 entering the weekend’s action.
In his first four games this season, Crier was averaging just 39 yards per attempt. In his last two contests, Crier has averaged 43.75 yards per punt. In a game of inches, five yards can make all the difference.