Check out the Arizona Wildcats football team’s biggest box score standouts each game.
Take one last look back at week three against the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (L, 37-10).
*Complete game stats*
WR Juron Criner (Sr.)
- 6 catches, 48 yards, TD
Juron Criner might have lost his appendix, but he still has his hands.
The senior wide receiver has now caught a touchdown in five straight games, not including the game he missed last week, while recovering from an appendectomy.
Criner has visited the end zone in ten of his last 12 games, including seven scores during his most recent five-game streak.
He would have had another touchdown if it weren’t for an intentional pass interference committed by a beat Cardinal defender in the end zone with no time remaining in the first half.
- Gave up 5 sacks
With five new starters it was only a matter of time until the offensive line’s inexperience was exposed.
We knew they were struggling with run blocking but it appears their ability to pass block as a cohesive unit still has plenty of room for improvement as well.
After back-to-back games holding their opponents to just one sack, the Wildcats’ pass protection failed to keep the Cardinal off their signal caller.
Stanford was able to generate a pass rush that registered five sacks without having to dial up too many blitzes on the night.
A credit to the Cardinal defensive line sure, but also a glaring issue for Arizona up front.
For a team that averages 42 pass attempts per game, the Wildcats can’t expect their air attack to take flight if their quarterback is being pounded into the ground.
CB Trevin Wade (Sr.)
- 5 tackles (All solo), 3 pass def
With plenty of question marks heading into each game for Arizona, cornerback Trevin Wade has reestablished himself as one of the Wildcats’ constants.
Not only has he rebounded from a down year as a junior, but the fact that Wade has raised his level of play when Arizona has needed it most this season, is a credit to his maturity, work ethic and of course…talent.
He’ll be playing on Sundays next year if he can continue to stay consistent.
S Marquis Flowers (So.)
- 16 tackles (14 solo)
As if the Wildcats secondary wasn’t already banged up enough, safety Marquis Flowers went down with three minutes to go in the first quarter.
After a quick scare for Arizona, Flowers was back on the field tackling anything that moved.
The sophomore led the team with 16 tackles, seven more than the next Wildcat.
One of the few bright spots in a disappointing season for Arizona so far is the development of the 6’3” 220-pound safety from Phoenix.
K Jaime Salazar (Jr.)
- Made – 27 / Missed – 45, 36
Despite making his first field goal of the season, Jaime Salazar missed two other attempts that would have brought the Wildcats within three points of Stanford.
After three games as the starter, connecting on just one of four kicks, head coach Mike Stoops has seen enough.
It was announced earlier in the week that Salazar is being relieved of his kicking duties and taking his place will be everyone’s favorite Wildcat scapegoat, senior kicker Alex Zendejas.