UA vs. OSU: Positives and Negatives

There were plenty of positives and negatives to take away from Arizona's loss to Oregon State on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at what they are.

Arizona's back-and-forth affair with Oregon State on Saturday night was an event full of highs and lows for Wildcats' fans.

UA found itself in a huge hole early, but the Wildcats offensive attack helped lead the comeback in the second half. In the end, it was the Beavers that still came away victorious as the Wildcats just didn't have enough fight in them to hold off OSU.

Despite the loss, there were plenty of aspects of the game that were encouraging, but there were also many more questionable events that left Arizona fans scratching their heads once again.


Ka'Deem Carey: The running back had over 180 yards of total offense and was able to do so on just 21 touches. Of those 21 touches, 17 were rushes, which is surprising given Rich Rodriguez's history as a play caller.

It's quite obvious that Carey is UA's best offensive playmaker and it would be in the Wildcats best interest to find ways to get him more involved.

Matt Scott's passing: Scott has proven he can throw the ball and reemphasized that fact with another 400-yard performance. He continues to get numerous players involved through the air and keeps defensive backs on their heels.

Dan Buckner: The senior wideout continues to be one of the team's top play makers, and Saturday night was just another day at the office for Buckner. The big wideout had 119 yards receiving and seemed to make a big play any time he was involved.

Sir Thomas Jackson: While the defense struggled as a unit, Jackson had a relatively strong performance against Oregon State. The freshman collected seven tackles including 2.5 behind line, one sack and one pass break-up.

Jackson is still learning, but he made a few big plays on a night where defense wasn't exactly the theme of the game.

Areas of Improvement

Richard Morrison: It may seem like it's popular to pile on Morrison, but the junior receiver is still struggling to hold on to passes and the ball in general.

On one specific play in the second half, Morrison bobbled a ball right into the hands of OSU defensive back Jordan Poyer for a crucial interception.

Matt Scott's rushing:It's not so much the actual rushing, because when Scott takes off, he usually picks up a good chunk of yards. It's Scott's hesitation to run that has to come into question.

When Scott actually took off – which was only three times – he averaged more than ten yards per carry. Too often Scott stood back and avoided running and, instead, forced several passes into coverage.

Defensive approach: Whether it used the run or the pass, Oregon State seemed to move the ball without much resistance. The Beavers gained 613 yards of total offense and it didn't seem to matter how they tried to pick up yards.

Passing or running, OSU's offense was too much for a shaky Arizona defense. The Wildcats rarely pressured Mannion and looked very conservative through most of the contest, although much of that is likely due to a lack of depth and skill.

Shaquille Richardson: Richardson continues to get picked on by opposing quarterbacks with Mannion being the latest bully to go at the junior cornerback. He still finds it difficult in man-to-man coverage as he was often beat by whichever receiver he defends.

Pass defense: Mannion and his receivers didn't have any trouble with Arizona's secondary. The Wildcats gave Mannion plenty of time to throw and the Beavers' wideouts left several UA defensive backs in the dust.

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