Observations: Arizona vs. Oregon

Arizona defeated Oregon this past Saturday. What can we take away from the win? Read on to find that out and more.

Reflecting on Arizona's 42-16 win over No. 5 Oregon, it's tough to recall a more dominant performance at Arizona Stadium.

Coming off two tough losses, no one would've been surprised if the Wildcats came out just going through the motions. Instead, Arizona asserted itself from the opening kickoff and never let Oregon back in it.

The pregame radio show said the Wildcats would have to be just about perfect if they hoped to pull the upset. That's exactly what they did, and now Rich Rodriguez has his biggest win since coming to Tucson.

  • B.J. Denker played the game of his life. Re-watching the first half of the game, he made just about every correct read and put the ball exactly where it needed to be. He finished the day throwing for 178 yards and rushing for 102 more, and to be honest, his final stats really don't do his performance justice. Denker even executed a pooch punt perfectly inside the 2-yard line.

  • Ka'Deem Carey also had one of the best games of his career and that's saying something. On his way to breaking the UA record for rushing yards and total touchdowns, Carey carried the ball 48 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns. Those are video game numbers, yet something that really did not surprise many that are familiar with what he can do.

  • The defense was terrific. It's just about impossible to stop Oregon's offense, and while the Ducks still managed to pick up 506 yards of total offense, they just couldn't find the end zone. Two goal line stands were huge wins for UA's much-maligned front-six, and a couple of key forced turnovers ensured Arizona kept a two-score possession nearly the entire way.

    Shaquille Richardson's scoop interception to Scooby Wright set the tone from the opening play and the defense turned out its best performance of the season.

  • It was a clean performance from the Wildcats. They committed just two penalties for 20 yards and there weren't any special teams blunders. Those two things had killed UA against UCLA and WSU, and it's good to see they didn't continue against a team you can't make mistakes against.

  • Finally, the fans who showed up to Arizona Stadium deserve a lot of credit.It had been raining for 36 hours straight, and it would've been easy to just stay home and watch on TV. The ZonaZoo was nearly full by the time the second quarter rolled around, and while the rest of the stadium wasn't quite at capacity, those who were there made a lot of noise all game long.

  • As the final minutes of the game ticked away, the players were encouraging fans to come onto the field. There haven't been a lot of moments like that in Arizona football history, and it was a fitting way to send out a group of seniors who went through a lot in their four years.

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