Heavner can't wait

Prior to the Oregon game, Arizona coach John Mackovic told Craig Sager that he had a 3:00 a.m. revelation on the future of Wildcat football. He said that revelation would not come to pass until after the game. That revelation appears to be the use of true freshman Kris Heavner at quarterback. The young passer gave the Wildcats a spark, but it was not enough to save the Cats from a 59-7 drubbing by Purdue.

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Kris Heavner, a true freshman from Johnson City, Texas got the call in the second half and led the Wildcats to their only score. In the fourth quarter Heavner found Biren Ealy on a 36-yard pass, that saw Ealy break a tackle and outrun a handful of defenders for the touchdown.

Heavner faced pressure all day long, but did a decent job avoiding the sack and did not seem to panic. He was just 5-12 for 59 yards, but showed poise and moved the team better than the other two Wildcat quarterbacks.

Ryan O'Hara got the start, the first of his career, but had his share of difficulties. He fumbled twice and threw an interception. All told he was 7-15 for 41 yards.

Early on, the defense looked solid but could get no help from the offense. Two fumbles and a short punt gave Purdue three starting possessions inside Arizona territory.

Purdue started out strong and put together their lone long drive of the first half. Orton was 5-5 on the drive and capped it when he hit Ray Williams on a seam pattern that split the zone defense for a 38-yard touchdown.

All told Orton was 16-28 for 261 yards and three scores.

The UA defense held for the rest of the quarter, but an O'Hara fumble set up the Boilermakers deep in Wildcat territory. A long run by Jarod Void gave the Boilermakers the ball just outside the Arizona 10. Two straight runs by Void set up a third and two, where Orton rolled out and fumbled out of bounds before he could get the first. The Boilermakers went for it on fourth down and Void took a pitch around the end for an easy score.

Another O'Hara fumble led to a field goal and a 17-0 lead.

The real back breaker came late in the first half. The Cats moved into Purdue territory for the first time all day, but a sack ended the drive and the Cats were forced to punt. Purdue took over at the 19 and wasted no time putting the game away. On first down, Orton found John Standeford wide open around the Wildcat 40 and a mistake in coverage allowed him to stroll into the endzone for an 81-yard score.

"Going 81-yards before the half really takes the wind out of your sails," confessed Mackovic.

The Cats actually moved into field goal range with seconds left in the half, but Bobby Gill missed a 50-yard attempt.

Things were no better in the second half. Even when Purdue went to the ground they moved the ball. The Boilermakers scored 34 points in the second half and almost scored by accident after they called off the dogs.

"In the second half we fatigued on defense," said Mackovic.

The Wildcat offense never got on track. Purdue outgained the Wildcats 580-174 and held the ball for more 9:00 more than the Cats. Once again the running game betrayed the team as the Cats amassed just 61 yards on ground and it was quarterbact Nic Costa who actually led the Cats in rushing with 45 yards on three carries.

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