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The Wildcats made a late run scoring the last 16 points of the game, but realistically it was all Oregon State. The Beavers scored the first 45 points of the game, despite not having the best day on the ground. All-American hopeful Steven Jackson was held to just 107 yards on 28 carries, but it was the passing game that killed the Cats.
"They made too many big plays on us in the passing game," confessed Arizona coach Mike Hankwitz.
Derek Anderson was spectacular in the air, pass for 308 yards and four scores. More importantly, the maligned passer did not throw an interception. Anderson found Jackson on a 10-yard score in the first quarter and the Beavers never looked back.
The Wildcats lost five offensive starters for this game and it showed. Clarence Farmer, Keith Jackson and Gilbert Harris were all suspended during the week, while Lance Relford and Tanner Bell could not go due to injury. The Cats already patchwork line was further disrupted, which made things difficult.
"I know there was a lot of things that happened to us this week and maybe we weren't mature enough to handle it," Hankwitz confessed.
Mike Bell was again a bright spot. Knowing he was the go-to guy, Bell responded with 106 yards on 25 carries, his second 100-yard game in as many weeks.
Heavner struggled early, but did rebound late against the Beaver second string. Heavner finished the game with 136 yards and two touchdowns, but completed just 12-of-28 attempts.
Arizona trailed 14-0, but any chance of a comeback were killed by a block punt in the second quarter. Baugher's punt attempt was blocked inside the five and Jackson scored his lone touchdown on a two-yard plunge.
*The Cats have lost their fifth game in a row to Oregon State.
*Their 23 points are the most since the season opening win over UTEP.
*Gainus Scott got his first carry of the season. He missed a lot of time in the preseason due to an unspecified illness.
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