Sept. 12, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Nic Grigsby ran for a career-high 207 yards and ripped off the second-longest run in school history, and Arizona tuned up for its trip to Iowa with a 34-17 victory over lower-division Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
Grigsby raced 94 yards to the Lumberjacks' 1-yard line early in the third quarter. That was two yards shy of a school-record 96-yard run by Trung Canidate in 1997.
Grigsby opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game and went 30 yards for another score six minutes later.
The Wildcats (2-0) have won four straight games for the first time since 2000.
Arizona's first two wins this year have come against Central Michigan and NAU (0-1). Next week, the Wildcats invade Big Ten country for a game against Iowa, coach Mike Stoops' alma mater.
Northern Arizona made the Wildcats work.
Down 14-3 early in the second quarter, the Lumberjacks marched 79 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Michael Herrick to Ed Berry to cut the deficit to 14-10.
That's how it stood until Arizona's Matt Scott hit Terrell Turner for a 2-yard score with 30 seconds to go in the half. Making his second college start, Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, and he threw his second interception in as many games.
Cornerback Trevin Wade had two interceptions for the Wildcats, who are 10-1 against Northern Arizona.
The first came near Arizona's goal line with the Wildcats leading 21-10 early in the third quarter. On the next play, Grigsby went 94 yards to the NAU 1-yard line, setting up a touchdown plunge by Keola Antolin.
Wade picked off another pass later in the third quarter.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles, a sophomore transfer from Michigan State, made his first appearance with Arizona leading 27-10 midway through the third quarter.
Foles completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also lost a fumble.
Scott returned in the fourth quarter and threw an interception to Matt Steinbach, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Herrick to Berry.
Herrick completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
...The Cats' 99-yard scoring drive to close the first half was their longest since a single-play drive covering 99 yards against Idaho Sept. 8, 2001. Jason Johnson threw a 99-yard pass to Brandon Marshall for a TD. The 17 plays were the most on a march since a 16-play, 72-yard drive for a field goal against Oregon State last Nov. 22...
...Nic Grigsby's 94-yard run in the third quarter -- to the 1 yard-line -- was the second-longest in school history. Trung Canidate pulled off a 96-yard against San Diego State in 1997, his for a score... Grigsby's 207 rushing yards were a personal high, besting his 189-yard outing against WSU in 2008... It was his 10th career 100-yard game... He reached Arizona's career top 10 with 2,082 for the No. 9 spot...
...The Cats' three fourth-down conversions -- in four tries -- were the most since a 3-for-6 effort at Ohio State in 1997...
...Arizona's 365 rushing yards were its most since a 317-yard game at Washington State a year ago... The Cats' 500-plus yards in total offense was its fourth time over that barrier in the last two seasons... The last time before that over 300 was a 315 total against UCLA in 2005...
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