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Arizona Wildcats fall in overtime to No. 18 Stanford

Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey had big days for the Wildcats, but the defense was overwhelmed late as they fell in overtime.

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Wildcats look to regroup after third straight loss

Despite a two touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, the Arizona Wildcats fell to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday by a final score of 54-48. The Wildcats have dropped three straight games, all of which have come against ranked opponents.

Both teams finished with the same number of total yards--617--although Arizona had 131 more passing yards than their opponents. Kevin Zimmerman at Arizona Desert Swarm attempted to diagnose the loss:

So what was this game?

Simply, Stanford showed that despite any inefficiencies in an offense that had a quarterback controversy coming into it, it still has that winning spirit that the Wildcats haven't found.

And despite Stanford's struggles to stop Arizona's offense, the Wildcats ultimately undid their solid first three quarters of play.

The Wildcats will have a bye week to regroup before heading back to the field on Oct. 20 against the Washington Huskies. They will look to put an end to their losing streak and pick up their first Pac-12 victory of the season.

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Arizona loses heartbreaker to Stanford

The Arizona Wildcats held a lead late in the fourth quarter against a ranked opponent yet again on Saturday afternoon. Instead of picking up a stop or two, UA's defense completely fell apart and eventually lost to No. 18 Stanford by a score of 54-48 in overtime.

The Wildcats led by 48-34 with nine minutes left. Stanford, a team that had been limited offensively all season, drove the ball down on their next drive and cut the deficit to 48-41 with 6:34 remaining. Matt Scott and Arizona's offense stalled immediately on the next driving, going three-and-out before punting. Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes led his team down the field yet again in the final minutes, eventually rushing into the end zone with just 45 seconds remaining to tie the game.

Arizona got the ball with 41 seconds and two timeouts on their own 17 yard line. Instead of going for the win, Rich Rodriguez inexplicably ran the ball twice to kill the clock, sending the game to overtime.

In the overtime session, Scott was intercepted on the fifth play. Stanford needed two plays to then score, capped off with a 21-yard touchdown rush from Stepfan Taylor.

Arizona is now 3-3 and enter a bye week with just about every starter battling some kind of injury. They'll play next in two weekends against Washington.

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Wildcats trail Cardinal 34-33 after three quarters

Arizona and Stanford went into the half with the Cardinal holding a 14-13 lead. Following a wild third quarter, Stanford holds a 34-33 lead. For a game that looked like it might be a defensive battle at the start, the offenses have broken the game wide open.

Both teams scored three touchdowns in the quarter, alternating scores throughout. Ka'Deem Carey scored the first touchdown of the quarter on a one-yard TD rush up the middle. Josh Nunes then ran up the middle on a QB draw play to give the Cardinal a 21-20 lead. Matt Scott then connected with Austin Hill on a 14-yard strike to put UA ahead.

The two schools both took turns scoring, and then Stanford tailback Kelsey Young broke free for a 55-yard touchdown run at the end of the quarter to give his team a 34-33 lead. Both teams attempted two-point conversions on their last touchdown drive and failed.

The fourth quarter is about to get underway. Can the Wildcats pick up the huge road win, or will they fall flat in the fourth quarter yet again? You can find the barnburner televised live on FOX.

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Wildcats down 14-13 at half against Stanford

The Arizona Wildcats struggled in the early going of their game with the No. 18 Stanford Cardinal, but the team battled back nicely in the second quarter to trail 14-13 at the half. The Wildcats will receive the ball to begin the second half.

Matt Scott has not had much time to throw in the pocket due to a battered offensive line. Scott still managed to throw for 218 yards on 41 pass attempts, completing 26 of them. No, that's not a typo: 26-for-41. Ka'Deem Carey has rushed for 28 yards on seven attempts, including a 13-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

As for Arizona's receivers, walk-on Johnny Jackson has made some huge catches and leads the team with 67 yards on nice receptions. Dan Bucker dropped two passes early, but has rebounded nicely with five catches for 58 yards.

Stanford QB Josh Nunes, who has taken some heat from the media in recent weeks, has completed seven of his 11 pass attempts for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Stepfan Taylor has been nearly unstoppable on the ground, carrying the ball 18 times for 79 yards.

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Wildcats trail Cardinal 7-0 after first quarter

The Arizona Wildcats did not put up much in the way of resistance against Stanford on their opening drive. The Cardinal reeled off an 11-play, 65-yard touchdown drive that was capped with an 11-yard TD pass from Josh Nunes to tight end Zach Ertz. Stanford currently leads 7-0 after the first quarter.

UA is without two of their starting offensive linemen and that has been the story early for the Wildcat offense. Matt Scott has been sacked two times already, and he's had very little time in the pocket to make his reads. The senior is currently 3-for-6 with 27 passing yards. Ka'Deem Carey continues to run the ball well, averaging 4.3 yards-per-carry on three attempts.

Arizona's defense stepped up at the end of the quarter and forced another Stanford punt. They will begin the second quarter with the ball at the 20-yard line. This is still a competitive game, but Scott needs to put some points on the board before the defense begins to wear out.

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Wildcats defense needs to step up against Stanford

The Arizona Wildcats need a win in the worst way imaginable on Saturday. Despite a strong 3-0 start, back-to-back tough losses to begin Pac-12 play have frustrated the Wildats and their fans. With UA currently in a brutal stretch of schedule -- Saturday marks the fourth-straight week against an FBS ranked opponent -- a win at Stanford would be huge for Rich Rodriguez's program heading into a bye week.

While most teams in the game today prefer a spread offense, the Cardinal like to grind it out and play in a pro-style offense. They lined up three- and four-wide under Andrew Luck, but that has not been the case with quarterback Josh Nunes in 2012.

As former UCLA coach and current Pac-12 Network analyst Rick Neuheisel explained to Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen, he is intrigued to see how UA's 3-3-5 stack defense works against Stanford's powerful running game:

"Well, I can't wait for the Stanford-Arizona game. That's when we're going to find out how that 3-3-5 works. Stanford, as they try to develop a brand-new quarterback, is going to run the power. And they are going to run the power until your nose bleeds. We're going to find how that 3-3-5 lines up against a power offense."

Given the youth and inexperience Arizona has on the defensive line, it's tough to see the Wildcats being very successful against star tailback Stepfan Taylor. Perhaps new defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel will have something planned, but it's hard to be optimistic given the struggles the past two weeks.

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Jared Tevis in a boot, questionable to play

When Arizona safety Jared Tevis injured his ankle against Oregon State it looked like it may be a significant injury. Tevis is listed as questionable to play against Stanford but is reportedly in a walking boot and using crutches.

Those reports would seem to indicate that Arizona will likely be forced to play without Tevis and instead will turn to redshirt freshman Patrick Onwuasor. Onwuasor came on against Oregon State following Tevis' injury and played well, recording eight tackles.

Onwausor came to Arizona as a highly recruited wide receiver but switched over to defense at the end of spring practice. While he still lacks experience, he was able to get his feet wet against Oregon State, something that should help him going into Saturday's game.

"As the game started going on, I thought, 'This is easy,'" Onwausor said, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Tevis is one of four players listed as questionable to play on Saturday. He is joined by defensive lineman Trace Biskin and offensive linemen Reggie Gilbert and Kyle Quinn. Defensive lineman Dominique Austin will not play against the Cardinal.

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Wildcats run game revived with Ka'Deem Carey

Arizona Wildcats RB Ka'Deem Carey is currently on pace to run for the third most rushing yards in the history of the program.

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Banged up Matt Scott limiting Arizona's run game

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott's injuries will limit his threat to run Rich Rodriguez's zone read offense.

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Arizona vs. Stanford odds: Wildcats 9-point 'dogs

The Arizona Wildcats are in the midst of a brutal six-game stretch against ranked opponents, and find themselves 9-point underdogs heading into Saturday's clash with the Stanford Cardinal.

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Wildcats Quinn, Tevis continue rehabilitation

Center Kyle Quinn and safety Jared Tevis will continue to rehabilitate ankle injuries suffered in the Oregon State loss. Their status for Saturday's game against Stanford is still unclear.

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