Arizona vs. Toledo: Wildcats Win Overtime Thriller In Rich Rodriguez's Debut

Arizona improves to 1-0 with a very tough game against Oklahoma State looming next week.

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Arizona vs. Toledo: Matt Scott, Jared Tevis Take Home Weekly Honors

The Arizona Wildcats have announced their individual team awards for the Toledo game. Despite blowing numerous opportunities in the red zone throughout, UA battled back in overtime and came away with the 24-17 win in Rich Rodriguez's debut.

Here are the honors the coaching staff handed out, courtesy of Arizona Athletics.

Offense: Matt Scott, Quarterback, Senior

Scott passed for a career-high 387 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime, to help lead Arizona to a season-opening victory over Toledo. Scott completed a career-best 30 passes on a career-high 46 attempts while adding 74 yards on 14 carries to set a new career high with 461 yards of total offense.

Defense: Jared Tevis, Safety, RS Sophomore

Tevis earned his first career start in Saturday's win against Toledo and logged career highs for solo (eight) and assisted (four) tackles. He ranked second among his defensive teammates for tackles recorded. He was part of a defense that accounted for 8.0 tackles for a loss of 29 yards and seven passes broken up and held the Rockets to less 3.8 yards gained per play and 358 yards of total offense.

Special Teams: Kyle Dugandzic, Punter, Senior

In Saturday's game, Dugandzic had four punts for 174 yards, including one touchback and one inside the 20. He averaged 43.5 yards per kick with a long of 48. He was also the holder for one field goal and three PAT kicks.

From the scout team, senior offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay on offense, senior free safety Mark Watley on defense and junior running back Terris Jones on special teams were also honored for their effort during the Toledo preparations.

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Arizona vs. Toledo: The Good, Bad & Ugly From A 24-17 Wildcats Win

Recapping a wild night at Arizona Stadium. What went well and what needs to improve moving forward?

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Arizona Vs. Toledo: Offense Gives Cause For Optimism For Wildcats

Despite collecting 623 yards of total offense, the Arizona Wildcats were only able to outlast the Toledo Rockets in overtime, and only posted 24 points against the Rocket defense in their 24-17 victory on Saturday.

Quarterback Matt Scott accounted for nearly 400 yards passing and it was his 10-yard strike to Terrence Miller that claimed the victory for the Wildcats.

And yet, despite the victory and the huge offensive output, there remain some concerns about what the lack of turning yards into points can mean for the long season to come. Over at Arizona Desert Storm, expectations were tempered following the end of the game on Saturday night.

What'd we learn?

Arizona indeed lacks the talent to expect too much this season, especially on the defensive front. But as evidenced by Scott's gutsy game-winning throw, playmakers are present. Scott accounted for an incredible 456 total yards and despite some excited overthrows and an interception, will be a worry for opposing defenses.

Given the transition period expected during the changeover to new head coach Rich Rodriguez, the performance Saturday was encouraging, despite the mistakes across the board, according to the Arizona Desert Storm.

Most of all, Arizona will be able to survive in most games this season should they clean up their mistakes. It was concerning that the issues of last season again reared their heads, though it's understandable as the squad adjusts to the new offense and defense.

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Arizona vs. Toledo: Matt Scott Leads Wildcats To Wild 24-17 Overtime Win

The Arizona Wildcats won their first game of the Rich Rodriguez era on Saturday night. It wasn't always pretty and there are still plenty of concerns that surround the team, but a win is a win and it was a solid start to UA's 2012 campaign.

In a game that required overtime to be finalized, Arizona came out with the 24-17 win.

Matt Scott was the star of the show, throwing for 387 yards and two touchdowns, all while scrambling for 74 yards. Sophomore running back KaDeem Carey rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore wide receiver Austin Hill led the way with seven receptions, 139 yards and a touchdown score.

The Wildcats led 3-0 after the first quarter. In what would be a theme throughout the night, Arizona reached the red zone twice and failed to reach the end zone. The first drive resulted in a 26-yard field goal, while a fumbled halted the other.

Toledo scored the first touchdown of the game, taking a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Scott then connected with Hill on their next possession to give UA a 10-7 lead once again. The Rockets responded quickly though, converting on another long drive to go up 14-10.

With the score tied 17-17 and just two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Arizona lined the ball up and attempted a 31-yard field goal. John Bonano, who was a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats last season, shanked the kick left and forced overtime.

On third down and goal, Scott came up with the play of the game. The senior quarterback scrambled in the backfield to avoid pressure, attempting to direct traffic while running for his life. Scott dodged a would-be tackler near the sideline, planted his feet and completed a 10-yard strike to Terrence Miller to give Arizona a touchdown lead.

Toledo was unable to score on their overtime possession, securing the 24-17 win for the Wildcats.

More recap and reaction to come.

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Arizona vs. Toledo: Fifth-Year Senior Matt Scott Enters With New Perspective

Having a fifth-year senior in college football is a rare thing these days. Given the record number of transfers and early entrants for the draft each spring, coaches seldom have the privilege of developing one of their recruits for five seasons.

As the Arizona Wildcats take the field against Toledo on Saturday night, fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Scott will be the man under-center for new head coach Rich Rodriguez. These two might not have taken the most conventional route to this point, but they have arrived here nonetheless.

Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star has the story:

"It's been a journey for me, growing every year, being better and more mature physically and mentally, just growing as a player and person," he said.

Scott said he learned two things during his time with the second-stringers.

"One, never take anything for granted. You never know what's going to happen or what could happen," he said. "And, two, always be prepared. As a quarterback, you have to be the most prepared guy on the field. I'm willing to put in the time and energy to be that guy."

This season will be Scott's final chance to shine under the bright lights of Arizona Stadium. If he doesn't play well, it's tough to see the Wildcats winning more than three or four games. If the fifth-year senior is able to apply what he's learned over the last four years though, we could be in for a fun season in Tucson.

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Toledo Vs. Arizona 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

In his first season as head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, Rich Rodriguez is looking to get his squad started on the right foot as they take on the Toledo Rockets in their season opening matchup at Arizona Stadium.

Quarterback Matt Scott will have his first opportunity to show he is worthy of the starting position this season, looking to replace the production lost with former QB Nick Foles. Scott completed 66 of the 93 pass attempts he made in the 2010 season before redshirting during the 2011 season. Overall he has 1301 passing yards, six TD's and five interceptions in his time at Arizona.

On the injury front defensive lineman Kirifi Taula and Dan Pettinato are both questionable for Saturday's game, while cornerback Jonathan McKnight is probable with a shoulder injury.

Where: Arizona Stadium -- Tucson, Ariz.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. PT

TV Coverage: ESPNU

Online Stream: ESPN 3

Radio Coverage: KCUB 1290 AM (Arizona) 1370 WSPD AM (Toledo)

Spread: Arizona -10.5

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Arizona vs. Toledo: Matt Scott, Defense Look To Answer Questions In Season Opener

What to watch for as the Wildcats open their season this weekend.

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Wildcats' Lack of Depth Means Moves On Defense

Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez is attempting to mask the lack of depth on his defense by changing players' positions, and he's even bringing offensive players across the line of scrimmage.

The most recent move came with spur safety Marquis Flowers shifting to the outside linebacker spot a week before the Wildcats kick off their season on Saturday against the Toledo Rockets.

Per Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star:

"Flowers, an Avondale native, is one of a handful of players who have changed positions with an eye on improving the defense. Fullback Taimi Tutogi has been taking snaps at defensive end over the last few weeks, while a pair of freshmen - Keoni Bush-Loo and Anthony Lopez - have been moved to linebacker from tight end and safety, respectively."

Another example of Rodriguez filling in the depth chart is Greg Nwoko, who has played fullback at Arizona and is returning this season after an ACL injury. Nwoko is now listed on the UA roster as a linebacker.

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2012 BlogPoll: Arizona Wildcats Get A Vote, USC Tops Poll

The USC Trojans jumped to first place in the final preseason BlogPoll, and much of that has to do with the LSU Tigers' dismissal of cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. Formerly first on SB Nation's BlogPoll, the Tigers fell to third following Mathieu's departure, moving the Trojans to a NCAA-best 24.14 points per blog, just .13 points per blog more than second place Alabama.

The Arizona Wildcats managed to get a vote in the 2012 SB Nation BlogPoll, but it was due to a ballot based on low graduation rates. Of other Pac-12 schools on the list, the Oregon Ducks come in at No. 4 with the Stanford Cardinal turning in at No. 21.

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SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 1

#SchoolPoints/blogSDDelta
1 USC Trojans (32) 24.14 2.26 Arrow_up 1
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (23) 24.01 2.49 Arrow_up 1
3 LSU Tigers (15) 23.70 2.42 Arrow_down -2
4 Oregon Ducks (1) 21.63 1.50 --
5 Oklahoma Sooners 21.27 2.84 --
6 Florida St. Seminoles 18.52 1.98 Arrow_up 2
7 Georgia Bulldogs 17.76 2.99 Arrow_down -1
8 Michigan Wolverines 16.25 2.80 Arrow_down -1
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 15.80 3.63 --
10 Wisconsin Badgers 15.68 2.91 Arrow_up 2
11 West Virginia Mountaineers 15.32 2.68 --
12 Arkansas Razorbacks 14.56 4.11 Arrow_down -2
13 Michigan St. Spartans 13.59 3.49 --
14 Clemson Tigers 10.87 4.04 Arrow_up 2
15 Virginia Tech Hokies 10.07 4.23 Arrow_up 2
16 Texas Longhorns (1) 8.48 4.66 Arrow_up 5
17 Nebraska Cornhuskers 8.38 3.29 Arrow_up 1
18 Ohio St. Buckeyes 7.25 5.64 Arrow_up 2
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 6.93 4.14 Arrow_up 4
20 TCU Horned Frogs 6.87 4.64 Arrow_down -6
21 Stanford Cardinal 6.10 3.98 Arrow_down -2
22 Kansas St. Wildcats 5.30 4.28 Arrow_down -7
23 Boise St. Broncos 4.08 3.81 Arrow_down -1
24 Florida Gators 3.08 3.44 Arrow_up 2
25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1.85 3.24 Arrow_down -1
Others Receiving Votes: Louisville Cardinals | Utah Utes | Washington Huskies | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Auburn Tigers | Texas A&M Aggies | South Florida Bulls | North Carolina Tar Heels | Fla. International Golden Panthers | San Jose St. Spartans | Arizona Wildcats | Central Florida Knights | Florida Atlantic Owls | ULM Warhawks | Eastern Michigan Eagles | Hawaii Warriors | California Golden Bears | N.C. State Wolfpack |Missouri Tigers | UAB Blazers | Mississippi Rebels | Illinois Fighting Illini |BYU Cougars | Ohio Bobcats | Central Michigan Chippewas | Washington St. Cougars | Iowa Hawkeyes | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Baylor Bears | Tennessee Volunteers | San Diego St. Aztecs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Nevada Wolf Pack | Houston Cougars |New Mexico St. Aggies | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | New Mexico Lobos | Vanderbilt Commodores | Virginia Cavaliers | Dixie State Rebels | Northern Illinois Huskies | Duke Blue Devils | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Aug 28, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 71

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Arizona Wildcats Coach Rich Rodriguez Not Taking Toledo for Granted

The Arizona Wildcats' first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez met with members of the media at a weekly press conference on Monday, and gave his thoughts on the team's upcoming matchup against Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Wildcats will look to build a winning program in the ultra-competitive Pac-12 Conference. A new coaching staff figures to make that a tall order, given the stiff competition spread throughout the conference. Rodriguez gave his outlook on the year, including thoughts on how upcoming opponent Toledo would be a difficult test to begin the season.

"They should have beat Ohio State and I think Syracuse is the other one they should have won. They have two experienced quarterbacks coming back. And even though they have a new head coach, he was on the staff so they can run the same offense, the only thing they may do differently is some stuff defensively. They're a very dangerous team and they're going to come with a lot of confidence. We have got to play well."

Rodriguez also voiced concern over the lack of preseason or scrimmage games to prepare for a difficult season, but said that his outlook was positive moving forward.

Saturday's kickoff at Arizona Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.

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Rich Rodriguez Releases Final Depth Chart Before Season Begins

Breaking down the depth chart Arizona released on Monday.

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Arizona vs. Toledo: Preview, Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

Previewing the first game of the season for Arizona.

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