Aug. 20, 2011
Scrimmage Stats (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team treated approximately 7,000 fans to one final public appearance in fall camp for the annual Meet the Team Night at Arizona Stadium on Saturday evening. The next time the team and fans step into the stadium will be two weeks from tonight, when the Wildcats take on Northern Arizona for the season-opener.
The Head Coach's Reaction
The Arizona offense accumulated over 400 yards of offense, thanks to a balanced passing attack highlighted by a 39-yard touchdown play from quarterback Nick Foles to receiver Juron Criner. Freshman running back Ka'Deem Carey added spark to the run game, totaling 69 yards on eight totes.
Meanwhile, senior Trevin Wade snared a pair of interceptions from Foles, part of a four-turnover effort caused by the Wildcat defense. Linebackers David Lopez and Tyler Ermisch intercepted Tom Savage and Daxx Garman passes, respectively.
Head Coach Mike Stoopswas pleased with his team's effort as it concluded a largely successful preseason training camp.
"Good job tonight, men," Stoops told his team after the 80-play scrimmage. "We got to play a lot of players this evening. Nothing we do in practice can simulate this type of game speed and tempo. I saw a lot of good things out there."
While the offense racked up over 400 yards of offense, the defense recorded 11 stops. The defense, which registered stops on the first three drives of the night, also limited the offense to just a 2-for-13 effort on third down conversions.
The first points for the offense came on the fourth possession when Jaime Salazar converted a 37-yard field goal. Taimi Tutogi ignited the drive with a 10-yard carry to move the ball across midfield, while Gino Crump's 12-yard reception from Matt Scott put the unit with field goal range.
Three possessions later, the offense found the endzone. David Douglas hauled in 19 and 11-yard receptions from Foles, before Criner made a leaping catch over a defender on a fade pass for the 39-yard scoring strike.
The defense held firm over the next four posses, including an interception by Lopez. But Carey and Tutogi teamed up for an impressive scoring drive set up by the ground game for the final score of the contest.
After a long run was called back due to penalty on the first play of a drive, Carey turned the corner for 39 yards off the right side to move the chains. Tutogi took the next three carries - and some defenders with him - for 16 yards, which eventually set up a 37-yard field goal converted by Alex Zendejas.
The defense made the last stand as it turned away the offense on the final two possessions. The capper was a game-ending interception of a Garman pass by Ermisch.
"We're getting closer," Stoops told his team. "To think where we were at the beginning of this month to now is like night and day. There's still some stuff to clean up and we've got things to improve on, but this is a good sign."
"We ran the ball better tonight and we need to keep getting better at running the ball," Stoops added. "We now we can throw the football, but we need to keep getting more physical up front - on both sides of the ball."
The Wildcats will begin the 2011-2012 academic year on Monday for the start of classes. The team will be off from practice until Tuesday afternoon, when it begins its regular season practice and shifts its focus to the season opener against the Lumberjacks.
The opener is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3. Season tickets, flex packs and single game tickets are available through the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287) or online at www.arizonawildcats.com. Visit www.everydownbeardown.com for complete ticket information.