After challenging themselves against two tough foes to begin the season, the Arizona Wildcats could benefit from a lesser opponent and a game that didn't go down to the wire. While there were plenty of chances for a letdown, UA came out with their foot on the accelerator and cruised to a 56-0 shutout victory over South Carolina State.
With a huge conference opener with Oregon looming next weekend, this was just what the doctor ordered for the Wildcats.
It's silly to really look at individual stats in this one. Matt Scott threw for 288 yards, rushed for 61 more and was responsible for four touchdown scores. Ka'Deem Carey and Daniel Jenkins both averaged upwards of five yards-per-carry, while 12 different receivers hauled in a pass.
Through three games, Arizona's offense is averaging 46 points-per-game. Not too bad.
The defense was impressive again, although the Bulldogs didn't have much to offer offensively. Still, though, a shutout is a shutout and allowing just 154 total yards is something to be proud of.
UA will enjoy this game for the next 24 hours, as they should. The team was successful in nearly every facet of the game, with a couple of silly mistakes (looking at you, John Bonano) notwithstanding. And after all, this is a program that didn't win their third game last season until November 19.
Next up for the Wildcats is the Oregon Ducks. The game is not only the Pac-12 opener, but also Arizona's first road game of the season. The real season begins now; if the first three weeks are any indication, it's going to be an exciting ride.
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