Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Offense Highlights Scrimmage at Buena
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 14, 2010
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Aug. 14, 2010

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Quarterbacks Matt Scott and Bryson Beirne each tossed a pair of touchdown passes and combined to hit 15 different receivers as the UA offense piled up 455 yards of offense on Saturday evening at Buena High School.

The Wildcat offense drove 75 yards for scores on its first two drives to set the tone for a performance when it averaged 7.2 yards per play. Despite not playing Nick Foles for precautionary reasons, the UA quarterbacks threw for a combined 367 yards, while the team racked up 88 yards on limited attempts on the ground.

The opening drive was keyed by a five-yard toss from Scott to tight end A.J. Simmons on a third-and-short on the third play of the contest. Four plays later, Scott found junior wideout David Douglas open over the middle for a 39-yard scoring strike.

Beirne took the reigns on the next drive, leading the team on a 6-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard throw to Terrence Miller.

The defense, which was unable to force a turnover, settled in on the next two drives, forcing its first three-and-out of the day and then holding to Wildcat offense to a long field goal attempt. Alex Zendejas was consistent on the day, and connected on a 50-yard attempt to keep edge with the offense.

Beirne led the offense on another deep drive, but could not convert on third down. Zendejas booted a 29-yarder through the uprights for consecutive field goal attempts.

With Scott back in the game, the defense cranked up the pressure for the first time in the game. Derek Earls tackled Nic Grigsby behind the line for a 4-yard loss on first down to put the offense behind the chains. Then, Ricky Elmore broke through for a sack and the defense held up on third down to turn back the offense.

Scott remained in for the next drive which proved to be the most impressive of the day. The Wildcats converted on all three third down plays on the drive as they marched 86 yards in 12 plays. Greg Nwoko turned a swing pass into an 11-yard scoring play to cap the drive.

After a pair of three-and-outs turned in by the Wildcat defense, Beirne led the Wildcat offense to its final score of the day. A 6-play, 75-yard drive was highlighted by Richard Morrison, who turned a modest gain into a 41-yard scoring play after slipping a tackle and niftily utilizing some downfield blocks to find the endzone.

The final two series were won by the Wildcat defense, which turned away the offense in three plays on each drive, capping the second scrimmage of camp.

The Wildcats will spend Sunday morning at Fort Huachuca for another set of activities with U.S. Army soldiers at the Leadership Reaction Courses and the EST 2000 Simulator. They will return to Tucson in the afternoon and prepare to resume practice at the Rincon Vista Complex on Monday at 8 a.m.

Team Offense Stats

Total Offense:
63 plays, 455 yards, 4 TD, 0 turnovers (7.2 yards per play) Passing: 29-39-367-0, 4 TD (9.4 per attempt) Rushing: 24-88 (3.6 per attempt with sacks not counted) First Downs: 22 (17 passing, 5 rushing)

Individual Offensive Stats

Matt Scott 16-21-196-0, 2 TD; Bryson Beirne 13-18-171-0, 2 TD

Rushing (sacks not included): Nic Grigsby 8-15; Daniel Jenkins 6-29; Kylan Butler 4-19; Greg Nwoko 3-17; Terris Jones 2-3; Matt Scott 1-5

Receiving: David Douglas 6-78, TD; David Roberts 4-48; Travis Cobb 4-38; Richard Morrison 2-52, TD; Terrence Miller 2-40, TD; Tyler Slavin 2-35; Gino Crump 2-31; Greg Nwoko 1-11, TD; Bug Wright 1-7; Devin Veal 1-8; A.J. Simmons 1-5; Kyle Day 1-5; Daniel Jenkins 1-3; Terris Jones 1-3.

Defensive Stats

Defensive Drive Stops: 6 total (plus two others resulted in made field goal)

Sacks: Ricky Elmore - 1; Justin Washington - 1; Team/Coverage - 1

PBU: Mike Turner - 1; Trevor Erno - 1

TFL: Ricky Elmore - 1; Derek Earls - 1; Bilal Muhammad - 2; Jonathan Hollins - 2; Justin Washington - 2;

Field Goals (included scrimmage PATs from distance)

Alex Zendejas: (6-for-6) 22 yards, 30 yards, 50 yards, 29 yards, 33 yards, 37 yards

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