Sept. 20, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference has named Arizona quarterback Nick Foles its Offensive Player of the Week and kick returner Travis Cobb its Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Foles, a junior who has started 13 games over his two seasons at the school, completed 28-of-39 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns to help guide the Wildcats to a 34-27 upset of then-No. 9 Iowa last Saturday. The performance earned him the conference's weekly award for the second time in his career after he garnered the honor following a career-high 415 yards in a victory over Stanford a season ago.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound signal caller engineered the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter after the Hawkeyes had tied the game, 27-27. The Wildcats took over on their own 28-yard line with 8:07 remaining in the game. Foles marched the Wildcats down the field, ignited by a 38-yard pass play to a diving David Roberts that put the Wildcats in Haekeyes' territory. The drive was capped by a four-yard touchdown pass to Bug Wright on a third-and-goal from the four-yard line, giving UA a 34-27 lead.
Earlier in the game, Cobb turned in his second career kickoff return for a touchdown. After Iowa had cut UA's lead to 14-7 in the second quarter, Cobb took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to put the Wildcats comfortably back on top by two touchdowns.
The 100-yard dash tied for the longest kickoff return in program history and surpassed the 95-yard touchdown return he had a season ago against Washington State. That play snapped an 11-year drought between kickoff return scores for Arizona, which had last returned a kickoff for a score in the season opener of the 1998 season when Chris McAlister returned the opening kick 100 yards at Hawaii.
No. 14 Arizona begins Pac-10 Conference action this Saturday at Arizona Stadium when it hosts California. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live in Tucson on KWBA and on Fox Sports Arizona Plus.