Oct. 20, 2012
TUCSON – Matt Scott passed for 256 yards with a career-high four touchdown tosses to lead Arizona (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) to a 52-17 Family Weekend victory over Washington (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) on Saturday night inside Arizona Stadium.
"I was really pleased with our effort tonight," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We gave great effort in all three phases for all four quarters and that's the first time we've done that all year. We played really hard and we put it all together. We'll enjoy this one for 24 hours and then move on because we have a big one next week."
Scott was 14-for-22 through the air on the night, while also adding an additional 43 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
Ka'Deem Carey continues to impress as he toted the ball 29 times for a career-high 172 yards with a touchdown. The Wildcats rushed for 277 yards on the night. It was the first time this season that Arizona finished a game with more rushing yards than passing yards.
"Ka'Deem is really talented and he runs hungry," Rodriguez added. "He really makes guys tackle. Washington hit him pretty good but he kept going. He only needs a little crease and he breaks a lot of tackles. The offensive line competed hard and did a good job."
The Wildcats put up 533 yards of total offense on the night, while the defense forced three Washington turnovers and came up with several key stops. The 52 points were the most scored by the Wildcats against the Huskies in school history and the 35-point win against UW was the widest margin of victory for the Cats in the all-time series. Arizona also finished the night with a season-high four sacks, led by 1.5 sacks by Reggie Gilbert.
Dan Buckner had five catches for 86 yards and Austin Hill hauled in two passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Garic Wharton and David Richards each hauled in their first career touchdown receptions.
Washington drove 14-plays in its opening possession and Travis Coons converted on a 43-yard field goal to give the Huskies a quick 3-0 advantage.
On the ensuing Arizona possession, Scott found Richards for a 27-yard touchdown pass. It was the first career touchdown for Richards and his longest career reception. The drive went 75 yards on just 7-plays to put the Cats in front, 7-3. It was the first time in three contests that Arizona scored a touchdown in the first quarter.
Following a defensive stop, John Bonano nailed a 24-yard field goal after the Cats went 10-plays and totaled 81 yards.
The Wildcats came up with another strong defensive effort on Washington’s next possession as Tra'Mayne Bondurant intercepted a Keith Price pass attempt. Scott punched in a touchdown run from a yard out to extend the Arizona lead to 17-3.
After forcing a punt on Washington’s next drive, the Cats went for it on 4th and 3 and Scott connected with Wharton for a beautiful 33-yard touchdown strike to make the score, 24-3. The touchdown was the first of Wharton’s career and his longest career reception.
The Huskies answered on their next possession with a 6-yard touchdown toss from Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins – cutting the Arizona lead to 24-10.
Arizona needed just over a minute on its next drive to extend the lead as Scott hooked up with Hill for a 53-yard touchdown strike to make the score 31-10. The 53-yard play was Arizona’s longest passing play of the season.
Washington capped off the first half scoring when Bishop Sankey punched in a 2-yard touchdown run. The Huskies were aided by a Travis Feeney interception and 47-yard return on the previous Arizona drive.
UA put up 339 yards of total offense in the first half which surpassed the 333 yards in the opening half against Toledo for the most in a first half this season. It was the third time (also 323 vs. SC State) that the Wildcats topped 300 yards of offense in the first two quarters of a game.
The Wildcats wasted no time adding to their lead in the second half as Scott connected with Hill on a touchdown strike for the second time in the game. The 17-yard touchdown gave Arizona a 38-17 advantage.
After the Arizona defense came up with another stop, forcing the Huskies to punt, Richard Morrison returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Cats in front, 45-17. It was the first punt return for a touchdown for the Cats since 2009.
The Wildcats capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Carey. The 8-play drive totaled 46 yards and took five minutes off the clock.
Price was 29-for-52 passing for 256 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Huskies. Sankey had 87 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown and Seferian-Jenkins hauled in eight passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats welcome No. 10 USC to Arizona Stadium on Sat., Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m. The game will air live on ABC/ESPN2.