Observations: Arizona vs. Oregon State

Arizona was unable to defeat Oregon State on Saturday night for numerous reasons. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats fell short.

Arizona overcame an early 17-point deficit to take a second-half lead over Oregon State on Saturday night, but the Beavers ultimately overcame the Wildcats' charge and came away with a 38-35 victory. The loss drops UA to 0-2 in Pac-12 play while OSU improves to 2-0 in conference play.

The Wildcats had several opportunities to take control of the game late, but found ways to shoot themselves in the foot instead. Oregon State's offense took advantage of nearly every opportunity late in the game and outlasted Arizona in the long run.

  • Matt Scott threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns on the night. The Wildcats' quarterback was able to get the job done through the air for the most part, but it still wasn't enough to help Arizona prevail. The senior completed 31 out of 53 passes, but also threw two costly interceptions in the process.

    Scott was also, once again, reluctant to run the ball despite being successful when doing so. He finished the game with five carries for 29 yards (which includes two sacks for minus-12 yards).

  • Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 115 yards, but – for whatever reason – only ran the ball 17 times. The sophomore also compiled 68 yards receiving on just four receptions and didn't have too much trouble picking up yardage when he was given the opportunity.

    With how much Carey produces when he touches the ball, you have to wonder if Rich Rodriguez will figure out how to get him more opportunities going forward.

  • Dan Buckner had a big evening and came through with several big receptions throughout the evening. The senior concluded the night with six receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown proving, once again, to be one of Scott's favorite targets.

  • If there is someone within the receiving corps who can be considered the most well-rounded wideout on the roster, it would likely be Austin Hill.

    The sophomore continues to find ways to get open and provide Scott with an extremely reliable target to consistently rely on. Hill finished the night with right receptions for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

  • Another receiver who is making more of an impact as time passes is sophomore Tyler Slavin. Having one of his most productive games in college, Slavin concluded the game with five receptions for 73 yards, including one catch that Slavin was able to take 32 yards.

  • The Wildcats defense never seemed to figure out Sean Mannion and the OSU offensive attack. The Beavers' signal caller passed for 433 yards and three touchdowns, seemingly picking up yards through the air at will.

  • Mannion's top two receiving targets – Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks – each put together games of over 100 yards receiving. UA's suspect secondary had no answer for the impressive receiving duo and Mannion picked apart the Wildcats defensive backs using mostly those two weapons.

  • Arizona allowed freshman running back Storm Woods to have his best game of the season so far with 161 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Wildcats had trouble tackling the aggressive running back as Woods was able to pick up big yardage on first and second down several times throughout the course of the ball game.

  • The Wildcats held possession of the ball 13 minutes less than Oregon State. With a depleted defensive unit and not much depth, the Wildcats' defense seemed to be running on fumes in the final minutes of the ball game.

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