Check out the Arizona Wildcats football team’s biggest box score standouts each game.
Take one last look back at week one against Northern Arizona (W, 41-10).
*Complete game stats*
QB Nick Foles (Sr.)
- 34/42, 412 yards, 5 TDs
With senior back-up Matt Scott hoping to redshirt and third-stringer Bryson Beirne still banged up from training camp, Foles saw extended time in a game that he put out of reach early.
The guy is good but NAU’s suspect secondary might have played a large part in Foles big night.
Thanks to a week two match-up with the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys going down tonight (5 p.m. ESPN), we won’t have to wait long to find out what kind of offense Arizona is really working with.
All the NFL ability in the world won’t be able to help Foles if his inexperienced offensive line can’t keep him upright.
WR Juron Criner (Sr.)
- 6 catches, 151 yards, TD
As one of 48 offensive duos or trios across the country to be nominated for the inaugural Pony Express Award, it’s no secret the Foles-to-Criner connection is one of the best in the nation.
It took all of one drive in 2011 for these two to pick up where they left off last season.
Criner hauled in a 42-yard play action fade down the left sideline on the first play and then capped the three play drive with a 10-yard touchdown two plays later.
The only one who seems capable of stopping the All-American at this point is himself.
No, but serious…he’s doubtful for today’s game against the Cowboys with an undisclosed illness.
RB Keola Antolin (Sr.)
- 9 carries, 59 yards
- 5 catches, 51 yards, TD
The Wildcats spread offense gave Antolin plenty of space to work.
Whether it was on the ground on through the air the Doak Walker Award (best RB) nominee sliced up the Lumberjacks defense averaging 7.8 yards per touch.
He’ll need more out of his offensive line against the big boys of Oklahoma State but Antolin’s combination of speed and power makes him a threat even without sufficient blocking.
CB Trevin Wade (Sr.)
- tackle, INT
Wade’s interception early in the third quarter was the turning point for the Wildcats.
Good field position and a change in momentum opened the door for Arizona to put the game away.
Wade displayed the ball-hawking skills that got him named to the Jim Thorpe Award (best DB) watch list following his sophomore season.
After a down year as a junior, the senior appears to be back to form.
We’ll know for sure after tonight. The Cowboys threw for 458 yards in their opener. Good enough for tops in the nation.
DE C.J. Parish (Sr.)
- 8 tackles (4 solo), 1.5 TFL, sack
From H-Back, to linebacker, to defensive end, to the box score breakdown, Parish just might have finally found himself a home at end.
He finished the game tied for the team lead in tackles and sacks. The 1.5 tackles-for-loss he recorded were also good enough for a second place tie. Not a bad night.
Parish set the tone on the first pass play of the game by beating his man around the end and spiking the Lumberjack’s quarterback into the ground.
With a lack of depth at the position, Arizona is counting on him to produce like this week-in and week-out.