Arizona vs. Oregon: Positives and Negatives

There was plenty to take away from Saturday's loss against Oregon. Read on for a closer look at the positives and negatives of the game.

There is much to pick at from Saturday night's blowout loss at the hands of the Oregon Ducks. It was a lopsided game, but it could have been a much closer affair or even gone the other way if UA would have simply capitalized on some opportunities on the offensive side of the field early in the ball game.

Instead, the Wildcats failed to do anything on offense even though they had multiple shots to score inside the red zone.

The result was a big loss to the Ducks and proved that UA has a long way to go under the tutelage of new head coach Rich Rodriguez. Now, Arizona must pick up the pieces from a matchup that featured much more negative to take away than positive.


Arizona's defense: The Wildcats' defensive unit actually played well despite what the final score may display. While UO gained plenty of yards on the offensive end of the field, UA's defensive unit kept the Ducks in check early and gave the offense multiple chances to put points on the board.

Ultimately Oregon moved the ball better down the stretch, but it may have been a much different story if the Wildcats could have capitalized earlier on the offensive side of the ball.


Offensive execution: The Wildcats had the ball five times in the red zone and didn't put a single point on the board. Not only that, but UA had trouble moving the ball any time it gained possession and it put too much pressure on the defense to succeed.

Matt Scott: Scott completed a mediocre 50 percent of his passes and threw three interceptions. Scott looked strong through three games to start the season, but looked like a fraction of the performer against Oregon.

Scott didn't play with the normal aggression and assertiveness usually displayed, and the rest of the offense seemed to follow suit.

Running game: The Wildcats averaged just 2.8 yards per rush and the lack of a consistent rushing attack allowed the Ducks to focus on Scott more and also disrupted Arizona's entire approach on the offensive end of the field.

Receiving corps: UA receivers struggled getting open and catching the ball. Their communication with Scott wasn't ideal and the Arizona signal caller looked lost through much of the contest.

Several players caught passes, but the longest gain through the air on the evening was a 19-yard completion to Johnny Jackson, which was ultimately fumbled away.

Special teams: John Bonano had a kick blocked and Kyle Dugandzic couldn't handle the snap on a prior field goal attempt. Dugandzic also shanked a punt, which set up UO with good field position.

Turnovers:: Arizona turned the ball over a season-high five times and that allowed Oregon entirely too many chances on offense. The Ducks eventually capitalized on their takeaways, but what's even worse is that several turnovers stopped UA from putting points on the boards.

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