Beavers club the Cats

Arizona's downward spiral continued with a 38-3 loss to Oregon State in Corvalis, Oregon. The Wildcats who began the season 3-0, have lost three in a row and are now 3-3.

Arizona played poorly on all facets of the game, offense, defense and special teams. The Cats struggled to move the ball, while the injury riddled defense had trouble stopping the Beaver offense.

The Beavers came into this game struggling, but looked a lot like the Beaver team that went 11-1 last year. Ken Simonton who had 45 yards rushing the last two game combined, finished with 106 yards against the Cats.

Arizona quarterback Jason Johnson was pressured all night and made a number of poor throws as a result.

The Wildcats were in the game for the first few series and then the mistakes started to pile up. Clarence Farmer fumbled and Beaver safety Mitch Meeusen recovered. The Beavers methodically moved the ball into Arizona territory and Smith capped off the drive by finding a wide open James Newson on a roll out pass.

The Arizona offense remained stagnant and the special teams fell apart. Oregon State blocked a Ramey Peru punt and the Beavers gathered in the loose ball for a touchdown.

Turnovers continued to plague the Cats and Oregon State did little wrong. Already leading 21-0, reserve quarterback Derek Anderson came in the game and continued to pick apart the Wildcat defense. The Cats defensive backs were flagged twice for pass interference before Classen snuck behind Michael Jolivette and Anderson floated a perfect pass to him for the 28-0 lead.

Arizona finally got on the board in with 1:15 left in the third quarter. Trailing 35-0 the Wildcats had the ball inside the Beaver ten yard line, but were unable to cross the goal line and settled on a Sean Keel 25-yard field goal.

The Wildcats did hold the Beavers to only 10-points in the second half, but the Beavers went to the bench playing a host of third stringers.


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