Check out the Arizona Wildcats football team’s biggest box score standouts each game.
Take one last look back at week four against the No. 10 Oregon Ducks (L, 56-31).
*Complete game stats*
QB Nick Foles (Sr.)
- 34/57, 398 yards, 3 TDs
Despite a few missed opportunities the senior needed to take advantage of if Arizona was to have a chance to compete early, quarterback Nick Foles continues to raise his NFL draft stock with each game day audition.
Foles didn’t get much help from his offensive line or wide receivers yet still managed to pass for almost 400 yards, three touchdowns and one very awesome left-handed first down.
We already knew Foles could throw but Saturday night he embodied the toughness, determination and composure the Wildcats are going to need heading forward if they expect to climb out of the 1-3 hole they’ve dug themselves.
“I thought Nick again was spectacular. He continues to be just a great player. I think his play speaks for its self,” head coach Mike Stoops told reporters after the game.
Not for all the catches (32), yards (385) and scores (3) they had, or because of David Douglas’ career high 120-yard game, but for all the drops in the first half.
Seniors Juron Criner, David Roberts and Gino Crump all dropped balls at inopportune times early in the game.
Arizona’s biggest asset unexpectedly turned into the Wildcats largest handicap stalling multiple drives early.
“That’s the worst we’ve ever played in a half of football. I have no real answers for that, just weren’t prepared to play” Stoops said.
CB Trevin Wade (Sr.)
- 5 tackles (3 solo), 3 pass def
Not a lot to get excited about recently but at least cornerback Trevin Wade is holding it down for Arizona…if you don’t count that silly personal foul on third and long of course.
As far as his coverage, the senior continues to prove last year’s slump was a fluke.
The 2009 Jim Thorpe award nominee has returned to form as one of the nation’s best defensive backs.
LB Paul Vassallo (Sr.)
- 11 tackles (7 solo), 2.5 TFLs
Paul Vassallo led the team in tackles and tackles-for-loss but it wasn’t pretty.
The senior along with the rest of the Wildcats’ defense struggled to stop the Ducks for a majority of the night.
As one of the leaders on the defensive, a bad night for Vassallo means a bad night for everyone.
How he responds this week against USC could go along in determining the direction of this team.
- 9 penalties, 91 yards
- 415 rushing yards allowed
- Gave up 5 sacks
Dumb penalties, missed assignments, poor tackles, dropped balls, you name it.
Arizona was sloppy to say the least as the youth and inconsistency continued to show.
It’s tough to ask a line with only one start between them entering the season to be perfect but five sacks and a dozen hurries is too much for a team throwing it more than 45 times a game.
Same goes for a defense that has been plagued by injury.
No one was expecting the Wildcats shutout against one of the nation’s top offenses but giving up 56 points, allowing 415 yards on the ground and helping Oregon Heisman hopeful LaMichael James set a new school record with 288 rushing yards was just embarrassing.
Every team has injuries, every team has roster turnover, every team plays tough opponents.
It’s not an excuse to no-show time and time again.
Nine penalties didn’t help matters much either.
Arizona has more penalty yards (257) than rushing yards on the season (249).
“You’ve got to play good to win any game…It doesn’t matter who you play. It’s doing the things right to win and give yourself a chance to win. You can’t drop balls, you can’t not stop the run, you can’t beat anybody like that. It’s not good football and it’s our job to make it better,” Stoops said.