Notebook: UA vs. OSU

Arizona's losing streak continued with a loss to Oregon State on Saturday, Read on for a breakdown of what happened.

Much like last week against USC, Arizona fell behind Oregon State big and was not able to catch up in the end as the Wildcats fell to the Beavers 37-27. The defeat moves UA to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-12 while OSU was able to pick up its first victory of the 2011 campaign.

Unlike any of the four previous defeats, OSU wasn't considered a tough opponent in comparison to the Wildcats' recent schedule. That didn't seem to make a difference as Arizona shot itself in the foot several times in the first half and dug itself too big of a hole to climb out of.

  • Nick Foles completed 31 out of 45 pass attempts for 378 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. When Foles was given the opportunity to succeed through the air, he was successful. Unfortunately Foles couldn't get the pressure taken off of him and once again was forced to shoulder the load on offense without the support of a consistent running game.

  • Wideout Dan Buckner was Foles' favorite target on the afternoon. The junior caught eight passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort. Buckner continues to be one of the offense's most consistent performers despite the lack of consistency surrounding him.

  • UA continues to struggle running the ball on offense. Starting back Keola Antolin carried the ball only six times for a mere 28 yards – all 28 yards were gained on two separate carries. The other four attempts for Antolin went for 0 yards total. The rest of the team combined for 13 carries and 31 yards.

  • The Wildcats had problems turning the ball over. They committed four against the Beavers and were a minus-2 in that category on Saturday.

  • Arizona's defense continues to be uncharacteristically bad in 2011. It may not have been as down as it was against schools like Oregon and Stanford, but the unit still surrendered 37 points to a team that was averaging only 16.8 per contest over its first four matchups.

  • There was one bright spot on defense. Cornerback Shaquille Richardson picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown. It's a good sign for a defensive back who has struggled for the vast majority of his sophomore season.

  • Arizona's failure to hold on to the ball in the first half on offense combined with its ineffectiveness on the defensive side of the ball allowed Oregon State to win the time of possession battle by a wide margin. The Beavers held possession of the ball for just under 34 minutes while UA was only in control of the ball for a shade under 21 minutes.

  • The Wildcats entered the game ranked eighth in the Pac-12 in third down conversions. The struggles in that department continued as Arizona only succeeded on three out of nine attempts on third down.

  • With the loss, UA has now dropped 10 consecutive games to FBS competition.

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