Oct. 21, 2012
TUCSON – Each week, Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff will select Player of the Week honorees based on performance leading up to and including the game each week. The Wildcats (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) put together a 52-17 rout of Washington on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Offense: Offensive Line
Arizona’s offensive line allowed for six touchdowns and 533 total offensive yards. The Wildcats collected 25 first downs on 71 total offensive plays while finishing 4-of-4 in the red zone. Arizona’s 52 points scored were the most it has posted in a conference game since defeating Washington State, 59-28, on Nov. 8, 2008. UA racked up 277 rushing yards, its most in a conference game since Nov. 7, 2009, against Washington State.
With 277 yards on the ground trumping 256 markers through the air, Saturday’s game was the first time this season the Wildcats had more yards gained on the ground than they did via the pass. Sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey set a career-high with 172 rushing yards while senior quarterback Matt Scott threw for a career-high four touchdown passes.
With starters in sophomore Mickey Baucus, junior Chris Putton, senior Addison Bachman, senior Shane Zink and sophomore Fabbians Ebbele, the unit also saw action from senior Jowyn Ward, freshman Cayman Bundage, redshirt freshman Faitele Faafoi, junior Eric Bender-Ramsay and sophomore Trent Spurgeon.
Defense: Jake Fischer, Junior, Linebacker
Junior middle linebacker Jake Fischer led a superlative defensive effort for the Wildcats and recorded a game-high nine tackles, including one for loss, to increase his season tally to a Pac-12-leading 67 this year. Fischer and his defensive mates shut out the Huskies in the second half to allow Arizona to open up a 14-point game into a convincing 35-point victory.
The Wildcats, who forced three turnovers in the game, blanked a conference opponent after halftime for the first time since also keeping Washington off the scoreboard in a 44-14 win on Oct. 23, 2010. The defensive unit also registered a season-high four sacks, the team’s most in a game since Dec. 2, 2010 – a span of 19 games.
Special Teams: John Bonano, Senior, Kicker
Senior kicker John Bonano connected on all seven of Arizona’s PATs. He also kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter. Also handling kickoff duties, his nine boots of the day tallied 585 yards and an average of 65.0 per kick. He ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring with an average of 6.2 points per game while connecting on 16-of-16 of his PATs this season.
From the scout team, freshman defensive lineman Kyle Kelley on defense and junior running back Terris Jones and freshman running back J.T. Washington on special teams were also honored for their efforts during the Washington game preparations.
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. Tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.