Arizona was able to defeat Washington on Saturday night. Read on for some observations on why the Wildcats got it done.
came out impressive on both sides of the ball and took control early before cruising to a 52-17 victory over the Washington
The win snaps a three game losing streak for the Wildcats and moves them back to over .500 overall. UA outclassed the Huskies in every aspect of the game and completely outplayed its rival from the Pacific Northwest.
The offense featured more emphasis on running the ball as the Arizona ran the ball 49 times compared to just 22 passes. Coming into the game, UA has been throwing the ball much more than running, but the focus on rushing the ball allowed the Wildcats to control the pace of the game.
The Huskies' defense couldn't keep up with the Arizona offense as the Wildcats proved to be too much for Washington to handle.
Running back Ka'Deem Carey ran the ball 29 times for a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The sophomore broke tackles and pounded his way through an outmatched Washington defense, who could never stop Carey from picking up positive yards any time he touched the ball.
Quarterback Matt Scott showed a little bit of everything from his repertoire. The senior completed 14 out of 22 pass attempts for 256 yards and four touchdowns. Scott also did damage on the ground, rushing the ball eight times for 43 yards and a touchdown. Scott was very efficient on the afternoon, leading the Arizona offense seemingly at will against UW.
While the offense was more focused on running the ball, the wide receivers did their part as a unit. Dan Buckner caught five passes for 86 yards to lead the way, using his large frame to fend off defensive backs.
It was a breakout game of sorts for sophomore wideout Garic Wharton. Fans have heard about Wharton's speed for a couple of years now, but this was the first time it was really on display. He caught three passes for 59 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown reception where he effortlessly ran past the entire UW secondary.
Austin Hill only touched the ball twice, but both those ended up with Hill celebrating in the end zone with a touchdown. The sophomore totaled 70 yards on the two catches, using speed on the first score and power on the second when he stiff-armed Washington safety Sean Parker before trotting into the end zone.
Richard Morrison made a big impact on special teams with a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown. It's a much-needed score for Morrison, who has struggled both as a receiver and a return man. The junior looked impressive on the return, scampering his way through blocks and around defenders before leaving the Huskies in the dust.
While the offense handled its business, the defense that played impressively as well. After a several weeks of giving up a ridiculous amount of points, the defense buckled down and held UW to just 17 points; seven of which were pretty much handed to Washington by the Arizona offense at the end of the first half.
Arizona's struggling run defense looked like a different squad against the Huskies. UA held Washington to 124 yards on the ground on 29 attempts; an average of 4.3 yards per carry. Bishop Sankey ran the ball for 87 yards and wasn't consistently involved due to UW being forced to play catch-up most of the game.
The Wildcats forced three turnovers form the Washington offense. One of the interceptions came as Washington appeared to be driving, but Tra'Mayne Bondurant intercepted Keith Price and took it back into UW territory. Another takeaway came the play after Ka'Deem Carey coughed the ball up to the Huskies where linebacker Marquis Flowers sacked Price and forced him to fumble the ball.
The Wildcats' defense put more pressure on Price than any quarterback they have faced through the first seven games. UA collected a season-high four sacks as a team, led by 1.5 from defensive end Reggie Gilbert.