Sept. 16, 2012
TUCSON - The University of Arizona football team made upward moves in both the Associated Press and USA Today college football polls that are released weekly on Sundays during the season. Opening the season with a 3-0 record, the Wildcats shut out South Carolina State, 56-0, Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Arizona has won five-straight games dating back to the final two contests of 2011, the school's longest win streak since winning the final seven games of the 1998 season. The Wildcats begin a season 3-0 for the second time in three years (started 4-0 in 2010). UA shut out an opponent (56-0) for the first time since Aug. 30, 2008, when they blanked Idaho, 70-0, in the season opener.
In the AP top-25 poll, Arizona sits at No. 22, moving up two spots from last week's No. 24. UA is one of five Pac-12 schools listed with No. 3 Oregon, No. 9 Stanford, No. 13 USC and No. 19 UCLA.
In the USA Today top-25 rankings, the Cats are No. 21, up four spots from last week's No. 25. Arizona is one of five Pac-12 schools earning spots with No. 3 Oregon, No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 USC and No. 19 UCLA.
In Saturday's win over the Bulldogs, senior quarterback Matt Scott threw for 288 yards on 30-of-36 passing attempts, collecting three scores in the air. He also logged 61 yards and a score on the ground. Arizona's 689 yards of total offense surpass the 624-yard tally accumulated in the 2012 season opener against Toledo two weeks ago as the second-most in single game school history. The record is 691 yards against New Mexico in 1969.
Arizona set single-game school records for first downs (43) and total plays (102). The previous high for first downs was 37, set a year ago at USC. The total play mark had been established at 98 twice, against Utah in 1974 and at Oregon in 2008.
Junior linebacker Jake Fischer led the defense with six tackles, including one for a loss of four yards. Arizona's defense collected six tackles for a total loss of 24 yards. Sophomore cornerback Jonathan McKnight had his second career interception and freshman Dakota Conwell, logging his first minutes of playing time, had his first career sack for a loss of 10 yards.
The Wildcats will make their first road trip of the season and open Pac-12 play facing the Oregon Ducks on Sat., Sept. 22, at Autzen Stadium. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and air on ESPN.