Wildcats shutout S.C. State 56-0
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Reporter: Jason Barr; Sports Director
TUCSON (Arizona Athletics) Senior quarterback Matt Scott posted 288 yards on 30-of-36 passing and three touchdowns to lead No. 24 Arizona (3-0) past South Carolina State (1-2), 56-0 on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
“As long as it counts as a victory, we’re going to play,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said. “They’re an FCS opponent, but you can’t take them lightly. You can’t overlook them, because they play hard. Our guys were business-like all week. We wanted the defense to dominate and didn’t want to allow more than 10 first downs. We wanted to keep them scoreless and we did a nice job of getting a shutout.”
Through three games, Scott has thrown for 995 yards and 190 rushing yards.
Defensively, Arizona executed a shutout for the first time since 2008, which came against the University of Idaho.
The offense also impressed, as the Wildcats broke the school record with 43 first downs. In addition, their 689 offensive yards fell just two short of the Arizona record.
Arizona struck in the first two minutes of the matchup, executing a 75-yard drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Scott to junior receiver Richard Morrison in the first two minutes of the contest.
In the second quarter, UA earned its second touchdown score on a pass from Scott to senior full back Taimi Tutogi to give the Wildcats a 14-0 edge.
Arizona kept the momentum on the next offensive possession, grinding out a 72-yard drive, ending in a Ka'Deem Carey rushing TD to putUA up, 21-0
In the remaining two minutes of the first half, the Wildcats scored again, this time on a Scott rush, to give them a commanding 28-0 lead going into the locker room.
In the second half, Arizona did not skip a beat, as the defense came out on fire, forcing the Bulldogs to punt on their first possession.
The Wildcat offense did the opposite, scoring yet again on a Scott pass to senior receiver Dan Buckner to extend Arizona's lead, 35-0.
UA's next score came off an 80-yard drive, capped off by junior running back Daniel Jenkins' third-career touchdown on a five-yard rush.
Backup quarterback B.J. Denker saw his first game action of the season and was impressive during a 14-play 87 yard drive that was capped off by a 17-yard touchdown strike to Sean Willet at the 10:42 mark of the fourth quarter.
Freshman Jared Baker completed the scoring frenzy for the Wildcats, rushing for four yards to insure the win by a 56-0 score.
The Wildcats will hit the road on Saturday, Sept. 22 to take on No. 4 Oregon in Eugene, Ore. At 7:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN.
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