Scoring spurt kills the Cats

The Wildcats wanted to make Isaiah Stanback beat them with his arm, and the UW quarterback did just that. Stanback threw for 292 yards, 217 in a 8:46 span that doomed the Wildcats.

Arizona led the game 3-0 with 9:46 to play in the second quarter in a game that looked like a defensive struggle.

Nine minutes later the Wildcats trailed 21-0.

A 50-yard pass to Sonny Shackleford drove the Huskies to the Wildcat 28. Five plays later Stanback hit shackleford on a three-yard pass to go up 7-3.

They came right back on the next drive. This time Stanback hit Anthony Russo on a 44-yarder to the eight. Two four yard runs by Kenny James gave the Dawgs 14-3 lead.

Last year the Huskies broke the game open with an improbable Hail Mary. This year they lacked the drama of the big pass, but scored on an imrobable two-play drive. The Huskies sprinted 80 yards in two plays, and got their third score when Quintin Daniels went 55 yards on another Stanback pass.

All told Stanback threw for 292 yards, 227 on those three drives.

The Huskies went conservative in the second half and the Wildcats tried to battle back. The Cats drove down to the four on their first possession of the second half, but self destructed and wound up settling for a field goal, which they missed.

The next possession the Wildcats finally cracked the endzone, when Syndric Steptoe juggled a slant pass, but reeled it in for a 13-yard score on fourth down.

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