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Big Second Quarter Drops Cats, 21-10
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/01/2006
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TUCSON--Washington scored all its points with a flurry of passing in the second quarter and Arizona couldn't get back on track, as the Huskies left Tucson with a 21-10 victory and an unexpected 4-1 record.

Arizona dropped to 2-3 overall and is 0-2 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies kept themselves in the league's upper division at 2-0.

UA quarterback Willie Tuitama tossed for 308 yards, the second-most in his career, tying his career high with 41 attempts and setting a new personal high with the 24 completions. He tossed for one score -- a 13-yard strike to Syndric Steptoe in the third quarter. UA's Isaiah Stanback completed 14 of 25 for 293 yards, and had a streak of 11 consecutive completions after starting the game 0-for-4. He completed two scoring passes, both bombs.

The first quarter was a stalemate, with both teams held to some three-and-outs and a combined total of 133 yards. UA punted four times in the frame.

Washington had the first real shot at points, but Michael Braunstein pushed his 39-yard field goal attempt wide right two minutes into the second quarter. A clipping penalty had pushed Washington back into a 3rd-and-24 to move it out of better range.

Arizona put the first score on the board with a 52-yard field goal by Nick Folk at the 9:51 mark of the second period. Arizona drove 44 yards in six plays, the big one a tipped pass that Mike Thomas took for 31 yards. UA had a chance at penetrating the red zone, but a sack pushed the Cats back before Folk's second-longest field goal of his career.

Isaiah Stanback threw a 50-yard pass to Sonny Shackelford on the next drive, then added a 16-yarder to Shackelford to put UW on UA's 10 yard-line with a first down. Three plays later, he fired a three-yard scoring pass to Shackelford to give Washington a 7-3 lead.

Another long throw from Stanback set up Washington for a 14-3 lead. His 44-yard pass to Anthony Russo took UW to the Arizona 8 yard-line, then two plays later Kenny James barreled in from four yards out for the score.

Washington turned right around after Arizona's next possession, driving 80 yards in 32 seconds and two plays -- a 25-yard throw to Shackelford and a 55-yard scoring pass to Quentin Daniels.

Arizona drove 76 yards to the Huskies' 4 yard-line after stopping Washington's opening drive of the second half, but a broken play and a sack by Scott White pushed UA back, and Folk missed a 41-yard field goal try, wide left.

The Wildcats made the score 21-10 with about six minutes left in the third quarter, fueling a 60-yard drive almost entirely with Willie Tuitama passing -- and a roughing call against UW on one passing attempt. Tuitama completed four passes, including two to Syndric Steptoe for a total of 25 yards, the last a 13-yard TD strike.

Notes... UA drew its third 50,000-plus crowd of the year, drawing 55,409... Tuitama threw to nine different receivers, with Mike Thomas, Steptoe and Anthony Johnson each grabbing five. Thomas was tops with 91 yards, while Steptoe had 85... UA had negative rushing for the second consecutive game, one reason the going was tough after UA forayed into Washington's half of the field. The Cats finished at -7 net, largely because the Huskies sacked Tuitama six times for losses of 60 yards... Both teams did not fare well on third down, with Arizona converting only one of 14 tries and UW making good on three of 14... The Cats' Nick Folk punted nine times, averaging 45.3 yards per attempt, and UA recorded a solid 38.3 net average... A week after being on the end of an 81-44 edge in total number of plays, things were more balanced with UW running 66 plays and Arizona 65...

 

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