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Arizona is now 4-0 against IAA teams in the Mike Stoops era and is 4-0 against NAU since the teams resumed their series in 2002. The 45 points were the third highest since 2002. The Cats have twice scored 52 points in that time frame. Here are some other notes from the Cats 45-24 win over Norther Arizona.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mike Thomas was a focal point of the offense. He led the Wildcats in rushing with 79 yards on four carries and also caught five passes for 57 yards and a score. He also had two kick off returns for 45 yards.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Antoine Cason fielded a punt at his own 30, sidestepped an NAU gunner, changed directions and raced 70 yards for the score.

CAN'T HANG: NAU had 130 penalty yards, 75 of which came on pass interference penalties.

HIGH SCORE: The 45 points was the second most scored by a team in the Mike Stoops era. In 2005 they scored 52 against UCLA.

HIGH SCORE PT. 2 The 24 points surrendered by the defense would have been the third highest total last season. Only LSU and ASU scored more.

FIRST TIME: Terrell Turner, Rob Gronkowski and Delashaun Dean all caught their first career touchdown passes.

MORE FIRSTS: Collin Baxter played most of the game at left tackle, replacing Daniel Borg. Jason Bondzio had his first field goal. Michael Turner and Nicholas Grigsby had their first carries, while Derrick Barkum had his first catch.

CAREER HIGH: Willie Tuitama threw a career high five touchdown passes, just one off the school record. He now has six touchdown passes in two games. He is just 14 away from the school record which is held by Marc Reed.

WHERE'S THE GUN? Next up for the Cats is New Mexico. The game used to be a contest to see who gets possession of the Kit Carson rifle but that trophy has been retired.

NOTABLE QUOTABLE: "Give us 45 and we will have a pretty good chance of winning most games." -Mike Stoops


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