Arizona 52, Washington 17
Matt Scott threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Ka’Deem
Carey ran for 172 yards and Arizona raced out of its bye week with
a 52-17 rout over Washington Saturday night.
Arizona (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) went into its bye worn down and beaten
up after three straight losses to ranked opponents.
Refreshed and mostly recuperated, the Wildcats had their way
with Washington’s defense from the opening drive, eclipsing 500
total yards (533) for the sixth time this season.
Scott finished 14 of 22, throwing two touchdowns to Austin Hill,
and ran for another score. Carey scored on a 2-yard run, and
Richard Morrison added a 63-yard touchdown on a punt return to give
coach Rich Rodriguez his first Pac-12 win.
Washington (3-4, 1-3) had no chance against Arizona’s fast-paced
offense, and quarterback Keith Price had another so-so game in the
Huskies’ third straight loss.
Price matched Scott with 256 yards passing, but his line didn’t
look quite as good, needing 52 attempts to get there and with two
interceptions to offset his one touchdown.
Washington played a brutal schedule the first half of the
season, facing four teams in the top 11 of the AP poll. The Huskies
were run over in two of those, on the road against LSU and Oregon,
but beat Stanford and stayed close to USC last week despite four
turnovers and a blocked punt.
It didn’t figure to get any easier against Arizona and its
go-all-the-time offense, particularly since it didn’t go so well
the last time the Huskies faced an up-tempo team.
Of course, that was against arguably the fastest team in the
country, No. 2 Oregon, which ran past them for a 52-21 victory.
Preparing for a no-huddle team and seeing one live should have
helped the Huskies against Arizona, which had run more plays than
all but one team before its bye week.
Snapping the ball almost as soon as the officials placed it, the
Wildcats picked Washington’s defense apart behind Carey’s
quick-burst running and Scott’s pinpoint passing.
Scott set Pac-12 records for completions (45) and attempts (69)
while throwing for 491 yards and three touchdowns in Arizona’s
54-48 loss to Stanford two weeks ago.
The fifth-year senior didn’t have to work quite as hard against
He opened by getting two Washington defenders to bite on a pump
fake to set up a floating, 27-yard touchdown pass to David
Scott did it next with his legs, scoring on a 1-yard run, then
his arm, finding Garic Wharton on a 33-yard touchdown pass on
fourth-and-3 to put Arizona up 24-3. He also had a quick answer to
Washington’s first touchdown – a 6-yard pass from Price to Austin
Seferian-Jenkins – by hitting Hill on a 53-yard touchdown.
Scott’s only real mistake came in the closing seconds of the
first half, when he was hit, and his fluttering pass was picked off
by Washington linebacker Travis Feeney at midfield. He rumbled to
the 3-yard line, setting up Bishop Sankey’s 1-yard touchdown run
that cut Arizona’s lead to 31-17 at halftime.
The miscue did little to slow the Wildcats down.
Arizona gained about 10 yards when the teams traded fumbles near
midfield, and Hill followed with his second touchdown catch,
sending Washington’s Sean Parker to the turf with a wicked
stiff-arm on his way to a 17-yard touchdown.
Morrison followed with his punt return touchdown, and Carey
opened the fourth quarter with his touchdown run to put Arizona up
52-17 and send the fans on an exodus to the exits.