Observations: UA vs. SCSU

Arizona easily defeated South Carolina State on Saturday night. Read on for a closer look why Arizona won.

Arizona took care of business on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium as the Wildcats defeated South Carolina State 56-0. The win moves UA to a perfect 3-0 heading into conference play and proved Arizona is taking no opponent lightly under head coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead early in the ball game and gradually ran away with it as the game progressed. UA took a big enough advantage to where Rodriguez was able to sit starters on both sides of the ball and give the seldom-used backups a chance.

It was a convincing victory for the Wildcats, who needed to take care of business on Saturday before heading out to Eugene next weekend to face the highly touted Oregon Ducks.

With Matt Scott leading the way, Arizona ran away with the contest and was never really forced to work hard for its points.

  • Scott finished the evening 30-for-36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns before being pulled after three quarters. Scott added 61 yards on the ground with a touchdown in another strong overall performance by the senior signal-caller.

    Scott had no trouble with the Bulldogs defense, which had no one who could stop the UA quarterback through the air or on the ground.

  • The Wildcats rushed for 323 yards as a team with several running backs contributing to the strong night on the ground. Sophomore Ka'Deem Carey picked up 71 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while Daniel Jenkins picked up 76 yards on 12 carries, including a score of his own.

    Arizona's rushing attack helped pace the offense for the entire game and allowed Arizona to continuously extend the lead. The Wildcats played so well that seldom-used running backs like Jared Baker, Kylan Butler and Elliot Taylor all received carries.

  • 12 different players caught passes for the Wildcats, led by Dan Buckner's six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. The South Carolina State secondary was no match for Arizona's receivers, which received little resistance from the Bulldogs.

    UA receivers were open throughout the evening, as SCSU could do nothing to prevent Arizona from picking up yard through the air.

  • UA moved the ball consistently throughout the evening, with its longest play going for 31 yards. The Wildcats averaged 5.8 yards per rush and 10.2 yards per reception as a team.

  • Arizona's defense wasn't tested much in this affair. UA gave up a total of just 152 yards of total offense, held SCSU quarterback Richard Cue to a completion percentage of under 50 percent and allowed the Bulldogs just 2.2 yards per carry.

  • South Carolina State could never get its offense going against Arizona's defense. The Bulldogs converted just two out of 13 third-down attempts and forced SCSU to punt 10 times.

  • Arizona won this game running away and several players saw action. Backup quarterback B.J. Denker completed six out of 10 passes for 78 yards and a score. Baker scored a rushing touchdown. Walk-on wideouts Johnny Jackson and Sean Willet each caught passes with Willet adding a 31-yard touchdown catch.

  • The only question Arizona really had heading into this game was whether or not it would be looking ahead to the game against the Ducks next week.

    The Wildcats answered that by handling South Carolina State rather easily on both sides of the ball and now can focus on what could be their toughest game of the season.

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