Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
D is Key for 'Cats in Win Over Chippewas
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 06, 2009
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Sept. 6, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Nic Grigsby ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, Alex Zendejas Jr. matched a school record with four field goals and Arizona defeated Central Michigan 19-6 on Saturday night in a game delayed 43 minutes by lightning.

Ending weeks of mystery over Willie Tuitama's successor, Arizona coach Mike Stoops started Matt Scott at quarterback ahead of fellow sophomore Nick Foles.

After a slow start, Scott completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards, and he was intercepted once. Scott also rushed for 83 yards on nine carries.

Scott may improve with seasoning. But with Arizona's offense sputtering, the Wildcats needed their defense to take control, and it did.

The Wildcats neutralized Central Michigan senior quarterback Dan LeFevour. He ran for a touchdown but finished with 108 passing yards, his third-fewest in 40 career games.

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Zendejas' missed 43-yarder in the third quarter cost him the outright school record for most field goals in a game, although his five tries also matched the UA's mark. The four made FGs matched previous efforts by four different Wildcats six times including three 4-FG games by his uncle, former UA star Max Zendejas, in 1983-85.

The Cats ran for 246 yards to help the team post a 448-yard output in total offense. That also helped UA dominate in time of possession with a margin of 15-plu minutes.

UA senior linebacker Vuna Tuiahalamaka led UA with 10 tackles and an interception in his first career start after playing 2008 as a backup following a solid junior college career.

Arizona helped Mike Stoops post his sixth consecutive victory in home openers as the UA head coach.

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