Offense still has room to improve

Arizona's offense was able to put up over 600 yards, but only scored 24 points. Read on for the thoughts on the offense, what it will look like in the future, and more.

Arizona's offense could be looked at from numerous angles. On the good side, the Wildcats were able to go for over 600 yards of total offense. On the bad side, Arizona only scored three times due in large part to mistakes.

While many people expected Arizona's offense to be dominated by the run, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez says that he will play to his team's strengths and opponent's weaknesses.

"I don't really have a set amount of run plays or pass plays in mind," Rodriguez said. "We call plays according to how the defense plays us. When we watch the film, we'll look back and want to change a lot of things. To beat the teams on our schedule, you have to capitalize on opportunities."

Although the running game was successful, the highlight of the offense was the performance of Matt Scott.

"Matt (Scott) made some big plays," Rodriguez said. "That throw he had in overtime was incredible. He has a really good feel for when to run and when to pass. He made some great decisions, but I know he'll want some throws back."

Scott had a big interception late and missed a few receivers, but Rodriguez does not seem to be worrying about how Scott will do in the offense.

"He makes those throws in practice, I don't think it's rust, as much as we try to simulate game speed, an actual game has a different speed," Rodriguez said. "We just have to get our timing better and we'll do that. We'll connect on those plays in the future, we have to."

The offense was faster than it has been in quite a while, but the general feeling of the offense after the game was that it was not fast enough.

"It wasn't as fast as we thought it would be," Matt Scott said. "We still have to execute and we still have to make plays. I think it could have gone faster, but it just didn't. I don't know why. Coming off the sideline you don't really know how fast you're going."

Although the offense was able to put up one of its most impressive performances ever in terms of yards, Rodriguez believes it is a work in progress and it would not be a surprise to see similar games in the future.

"There is nothing better than a winning locker room," Rodriguez said. "We kept our composure and hung in there. I told the staff, we're going to have a lot of games like this during the season. As coaches,we take the losses too hard and don't enjoy the wins enough. I'm trying to enjoy the wins more."

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