Arizona came up short at Oregon on Saturday. Read on for a closer breakdown on why the Wildcats lost.
Matt Scott struggled to find his confidence and groove throughout the game. He completed just 22 of his 44 pass attempts and also only carried the ball five time for nine yards.
Scott threw three interceptions, which matches his highest season total in his career, as he threw three interceptions in three games in 2009. One of his interceptions on the night was returned for a touchdown.
Arizona had two chances to take the early in the game, but failed to cash in. The Wildcats forced Oregon to turn it over on downs on the first drive. Stalling the Ducks at their own 35-yard line, the Wildcats got down in the red zone before a bad snap gave Oregon the ball on the 12-yard line.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota fumbled on the ensuing drive, giving the Wildcats the ball in scoring possession. A few plays later. Matt Scott got mixed up with receiver Dan Buckner and ended up throwing a pass straight to Ifo Elpre-Olomu for an interception.
Arizona's kicking woes continued in Eugene. The first field goal attempt Arizona had was negated on a bad snap. The high snap hit Kyle Dugandzic in the helmet and the team gave the ball up on downs. John Bonano's first official attempt of the night was blocked by the Ducks and barely crossed the line of scrimmage.
As much hype led up to the game being a shootout with no defense, the game turned out to have less scoring than expected. Only seven points were scored in the first quarter, mostly due to Arizona's red zone difficulties.
Turnovers were a huge part of the game for both teams. There were eight turnovers in the game and it really seemed to doom the Wildcats, who were minus-two on the night.
Scott threw three interceptions, with backup quarterback B.J. Denker throwing another late in the game. Johnny Jackson had the lone Arizona fumble on the night as Arizona was driving late in the second quarter.
Oregon nailed a 27-yard field goal late in the second quarter to make the score 10-0. Before the kick, Rob Beard was 0-2 on field goals on the season. Oregon was one of eight FBS teams in the country that hadn't made a field goal when the game started. Beard was two for two on the night on field goal attempts.
In addition, Beard caught a screen pass and scored on a two-point conversion that gave Oregon a 21-0 lead.
Arizona's average starting field position in the first half was at midfield, not counting the final drive, which ended with just one play before halftime. Arizona started in Duck territory in three of their six drives. The Wildcats struggled, putting up a goose egg despite having four red zone opportunities in the first half of the game.
The last time that Arizona was shutout was December 30, 2009. The Wildcats lost the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl 33-0 to Nebraska. It was also the last time that Arizona wore all white uniforms.
Coming into the game, Oregon had punted just twice all season. In the game against Arizona, Oregon punted four times for an average of 44.5 yards. It was a testament to the Wildcat defense, stopping Oregon's offense early in drives, forcing Oregon punter Jackson Rice to get on the field and punt.
Coming into the game, Rice averaged 37.5 yards per punt, which marks another special teams improvement for the Ducks.
Jonathan McKnight intercepted his third pass of the season. Late in the third quarter, McKnight snagged a Mariota pass that sailed high of the receiver. He returned it 23 yards, but the offense failed to capitalize, returning the favor by throwing an interception of its own.