Arizona was manhandled by Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Read on to find out about the loss, including how Jesse Scroggins played, Arizona's first half woes, and more.
Arizona wasn't able to compete with Oregon on Friday, losing 51-13 in the Pac-12 Championship game.
Jesse Scroggins played the entire second half for Arizona, replacing Anu Solomon, who had a lethargic first half. Scroggins entered the game and was almost immediately able to get the Wildcats on the scoreboard after a shut out in the first half. The senior played well, but it wasn't enough as he was also pulled in the third quarter after completing just three of his 11 passes for a touchdown and an interception.
Junior Jerrard Randall replaced Scroggins and got to see his first extended action of the season. Randall didn't throw much, but found some room on the ground, rushing 10 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. Randall scored a touchdown on the final play of the game, rushing it in from 25 yards out. He also attempted five passes, but did not complete any of them.
The one big play for the Wildcats came on the second drive of the third quarter. Scroggins found a wide open Cayleb Jones on busted coverage for a 69-yard touchdown. Jones had two catches on the night, combining for just 71 yards. Jones and Austin Hill were the only two receivers to have more than one catch in the game.
Arizona had a record low 25 total yards at halftime. It was the lowest total for a half of football since Rich Rodriguez took over at Arizona. The Wildcats were in the red, with negative nine rushing yards at the break. Arizona's running game continued to struggle throughout the game as the Wildcats only amassed 111 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats' defense performed admirably throughout the game. The defense held Oregon to just two field goals on the first five possessions of the game, but the lack of Arizona's offense forced the defense back onto the field early and often and the Ducks started to wear the Wildcats down. Oregon followed that up with five touchdowns and a field goal on the next seven drives.
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Scooby Wright and Jared Tevis were active for the Wildcats throughout the night. Tevis led all players with 15 tackles while Wright was right behind him with 14. Wright had just one tackle for loss.
Oregon ran a season-high 94 plays while Arizona ran a season-low 61 plays.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 10-3 on the season. Even without winning the title, Arizona is still in good position for a solid bowl selection. The Wildcats will need some help to stay in the top 11, but could conceivably fall out and be headed to the Alamo Bowl. Arizona could still make one of the New Years Day/Eve Bowls and still has a chance to add to its win total for the season.