Wildcats blown out

Arizona found itself down 21-0 and never recovered, as the wildcats lost 37-14 on the road.

You could make an argument that not having Juron Criner put Arizona in a hole to begin with going into Thursday's game against Oklahoma State.

You could also make the argument that it would not have mattered.

Oklahoma State was better in all facets of the game as it defeated Arizona 37-14 at home after building a 21-0 lead.

The game couldn't have started off much worse for Arizona as Oklahoma State started on its own 12-yard line. Brandon Weeden found Wilson Youman for four-yard gain and Justin Blackmon lost a yard on a run the next play. Weeden then found Josh Cooper for seven yards and the first down before Joseph Randle gained three on the ground.

Cooper then gained 25 in the air and two plays later Randle was able to gain 41 yards on the ground. After a six-yard run to the one, Randle jumped over the defensive line for the one-yard touchdown, as the extra point made it 7-0 with a little under 12 minutes left in the first quarter.

Arizona then took possession on its own 20-yard line trying to get something going and started with a six-yard pass to Austin Hill and two-yard run by Keola Antolin. Arizona then got the first down with a nine-yard pass to Hill and followed with two carries of two yards by Antolin.

Douglas then got the first down with a nine-yard pass, but the drive stalled there. Nick Foles was sacked for a loss of six yards, threw an incomplete pass, then handed it to Antolin for a short gain on third down, as the UA was forced to punt. The Oklahoma offense was completely different than Arizona's, as it took the field once again and performed well. Randle started with a four-yard gain on the ground and Kye Staley followed with a five-yard reception. Two plays later, Blackmon caught a 29-yard pass and then followed with an eight-yard gain.

Two plays later, Randle gained seven on the ground and followed it with two more. Jeremy Smith then rushed for 13 and Randle gained seven more two plays later. On the next play, Weeden found Blackmon for the three-yard touchdown on a fade route and the extra point made it 14-0.

Arizona's offense continued to struggle in a big way, as it went three and out on the next series. A penalty started it and then David Roberts caught a four-yard pass followed by a seven-yard grab by Hill. On third and five, Foles threw an incomplete pass and the Wildcats were forced to punt yet again.

The Cowboys started on their own 30-yard line with an 11-yard pass to Randle and two plays later Weeden found Blackmon for 27 yards. Two plays after that, Weeden hit Colton Chelf for 11 yards to Arizona's 22.

At the start of the second quarter, Weeden found Randle for three yards in the air and then Hubert Anyiam for 11 more. Two plays later, Randle scored again as the four-yard touchdown made it 21-0 early in the second quarter.

On Arizona's next series, it was once again forced into a three and out with the lone highlight being a 14-yard pass to Dan Buckner. On third and one, Antolin was unable to convert and Arizona was forced to punt once again.

Oklahoma State took possession on its own 47 and Weeden made what may have been his first mistake of the night, losing nine yards. The Cowboys then committed a penalty and Arizona was able to finally force Oklahoma State to punt.

The Wildcats took advantage of the change of possession with Foles finding Richard Morrison for 12 yards. After a brief stall, hill caught a 15-yard pass and Dan Buckner followed with 26 yards of his own. Buckner then got five more in the air and Roberts caught a pass for ten, putting Arizona on Oklahoma State's 12.

After a four-yard completion to David Douglas, Arizona went to the ground on two straight plays and then failed to convert on 4th and three, as the frustration for Arizona continued.

Two plays into the Cowboys' next drive, Anyiam caught a 20-yard pass and it looked like Arizona would in trouble once again. However, Arizona's defense was then able to step up and force a punt, taking over at its own 25.

The Wildcats were able to get some momentum with a 22-yard pass to Douglas on the second play of the drive followed by one for nine. However, Hill caught a six-yard pass and then proceeded to fumble, giving the Cowboys the ball on their own 32 with a little over a minute left.

On the first play of the drive, Weeden completed a 17-yard pass down the middle to Blackmon and followed with one to Cooper for nine and another to Tracy Moore for seven to Arizona's 35. Randle then had a three-yard reception and Anyiam followed with seven of his own. Weeden then followed with an incomplete pass under pressure and the Cowboys settled for a 42-yard field goal, but missed as the Cowboys led 21-0 at the half.

Arizona started the second half with the ball at its own 20 as Foles completed a four-yard pass to Gino Crump. Two plays later, Roberts caught a six-yard pass for the first down, but the drive then stalled with three incomplete passes in a row by Foles.

Weeden started Oklahoma State's first drive of the half with a nine-yard pass to Staley, but a 10-yard penalty and two incomplete passes stalled the drive, as the Cowboys were forced to punt.

Arizona started on its own 27 with a six-yard pass to Roberts followed by a two-yard run by Antolin and 11-yard catch by Hill. After an incomplete pass, Arizona went with the hook and ladder as douglas pitched it to Antolin for 14 yards. Hill then gained 26 yards through the air and two plays later Foles found Buckner for eight. After a six-yard run by Antolin, he was able to score from one yard out as the extra point cut the lead to 21-7.

After a 15-yard penalty, Oklahoma State had a 1st and 19 situation and Randle picked up 13 of it on the ground. The Wildcats then forced Oklahoma State into a punting situation, but the Cowboys made a great call on a fake punt as Quinn Sharp ran 23 yards for the first down. After a six-yard run by Randle, Arizona forced him to lose three yards and then Mark Watley came up with an interception of Weeden at its own 17.

Arizona did absolutely nothing with its possession, as it was marred by bad penalties. The biggest play of the drive was a five-yard pass to Gino Crump and Arizona was forced to punt. The Cowboys started at Arizona's 38 with a seven-yard run by Randle. Two plays later, Blackmon caught three passes for a combined 34 yards before scoring an eight yard touchdown on his fourth with the extra point making it 28-7.

Gino Crump committed a penalty to start Arizona's drive and then Foles found Hill for a 47-yard gain, as an incomplete followed and ended the third quarter.

Arizona started the fourth quarter with two complete passes that resulted in a first down. However, Foles then threw three incomplete pass and failed to convert a fourth and ten as Arizona was forced to punt.

On third down, Oklahoma State went for the kill, as Weeden found Randle wide open for a 63-yard gain and Jeremy Smith followed with a six-yard touchdown run to basically end the game and give the Cowboys the 34-7 lead.

Arizona tried to make it respectable, as Ka'Deem Carey gained a combined six yards on two carries. Buckner then had a six-yard completion, a ten-yard completion two plays later, and finally a 54-yard touchdown as the extra point made it 34-14 with about ten minutes left. The Cowboys would later add a field goal to cap off the scoring.


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