Arizona vs. Oregon Observations

There were numerous reasons why Arizona lost to Oregon on Saturday night. Read on to see some of those reasons and more.

One look at the scoreboard from Saturday night's affair between Arizona and Oregon doesn't tell the whole story. UA's defense came out and surprisingly held its own against the Ducks' potent offensive attack, but the offense failed to answer the call at any point during the evening.

The end result was a 49-0 loss at the hands of Oregon and the team's shortcomings on the offensive of the field casts a shadow of doubt going in to the rest of the conference schedule.

It was a tough game to stomach for UA fans as they saw their team fail to convert on several chances early on and then witnessed their team fall apart in the second half. The loss moves the Wildcats to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks stay undefeated through four games.

  • Matt Scott struggled mightily throughout the game. Arizona saw several opportunities to score vanish and much of that had to do with Scott's inefficiencies.

    The senior finished the night 22-for-44 for 210 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Scott looked shaken up from the early going and his confidence was obviously affected from his early shortcomings.

    Scott only rushed the ball five times and was hesitant to create with his feet even though UO's pressure was modest for much of the affair.

  • The rushing attack never really got going and it set UA back in a big way on Saturday. The lack of a running game allowed Oregon to prey on Arizona's passing game, which disappointed throughout the evening.

    Arizona concluded the contest with just 89 yards on the ground as a team and averaged a mere 2.8 yards per carry.

  • The Wildcats' receivers struggled throughout the evening as well. Whether it be getting open or holding on to passes, UA's wideouts failed to produce, especially when it mattered most.

    The Wildcats' most productive receivers totaled only 50 yards apiece and it appeared as if each player in the unit struggled to get open.

  • The defense performed relatively well, despite what the final score states. The unit performed surprisingly well before it started running out of gas steadily in the second half.

    The Wildcats stopped the Ducks on more than one occasion in the first half and held UO to just 13 first-half points. Arizona held Oregon star running back DeAnthony Thomas to just 48 yards on the ground and the Ducks averaged a modest 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.

  • The Wildcats' defense showed up early in the game, but the fact that the offense failed to score any points on five red zone opportunities severely hindered their chances to win.

    The Ducks are simply too talented on the offensive side of the ball and the lack of success in opponent's territory caught up with UA in the long run.

  • Arizona seemed to fall short in every category offensively, which is surprising given the team's performance through three weeks of play. The confidence seemed to be lacking after the team failed to score on its first two chances early in the first quarter.

    The Wildcats completed just over half of their pass attempts, 2.8 yards per carry and a little less than five yard per pass attempt.

  • Committing five turnovers didn't help the Wildcats either. UA saw two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the second half and the three other turnovers all played a role in killing Arizona drives.

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