Cats hold on to win

The Willie Tuitama era began in fine fashion as the Wildcats held on to beat Oregon State 29-27. Tuitama threw for 336 yards and two scores in his first career start.

Turnovers have doomed the Wildcats all season long, but it was Oregon State's inability to hold onto the ball that cost the Beavers. Quarterback Matt Moore threw six interceptions and had a late fumble that proved too much to overcome.

"That quarterback was either feast or famine today," Mike Stoops said.

Oregon State turned the ball over three times on their last three possessions, sealing their fate.

The Beavers scored on three straight second half possessions to trim the Wildcat lead to just two, but Moore was flushed and tried to run when Wildcat defensive end Johnathan Turner stripped the ball away and the Cats gathered it in at their own 24. On the next possession the Ducks were driving but Wilrey Fontenot picked off a pass at the 10-yard line to kill another drive. The Cats went three and out, but Nick Folk came to the rescue.

The place kicker who was forced into duty as the punter with the injury to Danny Baugher, but got a 56-yarder in the final minute which pinned the Beavers at their own 19.

"That was the play of the game, in my eyes," Stoops said. Fittingly, Michael Johnson's third interception sealed the win on the game's final play.

Four first half turnovers sparked the Wildcats to 22 first half points.

Oregon State got on the board first when Alex Serna booted a 28-yard field goal after stalling inside the Arizona 20-yard line.

The first of many big plays sparked the Wildcats on their second possession of the game. Tuitama found Anthony Johnson and Mike Thomas on back-to-back plays of 31 and 39, the second getting Arizona down to the Beaver one. Gilbert Harris ran up the middle to cap the drive with the score.

Three plays later the Wildcats scored again when Michael Johnson intercepted Matt Moore and raced 40-yards for the score, cutting it up the middle inside the 10.

Yvenson Bernard scored from five yards out and the Cats answered with a 75-yard scoring strike to Thomas and 19-yard Folk field goal.

Bernard opened the second half scoring with a two-yard touchdown run. All told he rushed for 193 yards, while the Beavers accumulated over 600 yards of total offense.

Tuitama found Thomas again for the final touchdown of the game and the Cats held on.

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