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Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Matt Scott threw a pair of touchdown passes as 15th-ranked Arizona used a dominant final three quarters to blow out Washington, 44-14.
With starter Nick Foles sidelined due to a right knee injury he suffered in last weekend’s win over Washington State, Scott, a junior, stepped up and completed 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards.
“Matt was not very skittish going into tonight. He was ready, focused, and well prepared for the game,” Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. “I’m sure he was a little antsy come kickoff, but it did not show. We got off to a good start tonight, and that’s very important.”
Keola Antolin rushed 14 times for 114 yards and a pair of scores for the Wildcats (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10), who also got a pair of running TDs from Nic Grigsby. Juron Criner had eight catches for 108 yards and a score.
Jake Locker finished 17-of-29 for 183 yards with a touchdown for the Huskies (3-4, 2-2), who were coming off a double-overtime win over Oregon State.
Scott, though, connected on a 17-yard scoring pass to David Roberts on the ensuing possession.
Alex Zendejas booted a 29-yard field goal with under five minutes left in the opening quarter and Antolin plunged in from a yard away early in the second for a 17-7 cushion.
Chris Polk then scored on a seven-yard run for the Huskies with eight minutes left in the half, but on the next play from scrimmage Antolin busted off a 78- yard TD run.
Grigsby added a four-yard TD run with under two minutes left in the second, but the extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 30-14 at the half.
Locker fumbled after being sacked during the first series of the third quarter. That led to Grigsby’s four-yard TD run. Scott found Criner for a 21- yard score in the fourth.
Arizona’s last home game against the Huskies resulted in a 48-14 Wildcats win in 2008…The Huskies host Stanford next Saturday, while Arizona plays at UCLA…The Wildcats totaled 467 yards of offense.
In an effort to preserve the health of quarterback Jake Locker, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian elected to play Keith Price with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter. Locker took a beating throughout the game, taking plenty of hits from the Arizona defense. With Locker hobbled by bruised ribs, Keith Price gets the mop-up duty for Washington.
Locker was 17-29 for 183 yards and a touchdown through the air. Including sacks, he rushed six times for -24 yards.
Price has had plenty of practice experience over the last two weeks, working with the starters as Locker sat out recovering from various injuries. On the season, Price is 2-2 with a touchdown for the Huskies.
In the fourth quarter, Arizona leads Washington, 44-14.
The Washington Husky defense has been porous in the first half, allowing Arizona to move at will and reel off big plays through the first 30 minutes. The Wildcats have racked up 358 yards of total offense and four touchdowns already, while giving Matt Scott ample time to pick them apart. Scott, getting the start for injured Nick Foles, is 14-16 for 186 yards and one touchdown.
After the Huskies closed the gap to 17-14, Arizona running back Keola Antolin took the handoff and rumbled 78 yards on the next play from scrimmage, taking away any momentum the Huskies had. With just over a minute left in the half, Nic Grigsby plunged into the end zone from 8 yards out to give Arizona a 30-14 lead after a blocked extra point.
Jake Locker, playing in obvious pain, was 11-19 for 119 yards and a score. The Wildcats have been able to get pressure on Locker, hitting the quarterback early and often. After a late second quarter sack, the Husky quarterback was clearly in pain, nursing his injured ribs.
Chris Polk also rushed seven times for 42 yards and a score, breaking tackles and making the first man miss many times. Cody Bruns paces the Husky receivers with one reception for 43 yards, coming late in the second quarter. The Huskies couldn’t capitalize on the long gain, however, giving Arizona the ball back to run out the clock before the half.
Down 30-14, Washington heads to the locker room to regroup and figure out a way to slow down the Arizona offense in the second half.
ESPN pushed back tonights Washington Huskies game against the Arizona Wildcats, changing the game-time to 7:28 p.m. With games running over early-on, ESPN exercised their right to change the start time, making beat writers covering the game sweat even more.
This is the third straight week Washington has kicked it off in the late game of the Pac-10 slate, starting after 7:15 yet again. It’s going to be a late night in the desert for both teams.
Jake Locker may be worse for wear than it appeared this week, and it’s very apparent something is up down in Tucson. Locker just came onto the field with a heavy amount of padding around his ribs and a flak jacket on as well. Locker had been dealing with a thigh injury for the last few weeks, but his ribs took a pounding against Oregon State.
Any injury that limits Locker’s ability to catch his breath and take off running forces the Huskies to alter their gameplan. According to Bob Condotta, of the Seattle Times, it’s something to keep an eye on.
Speaking of Locker, some minor rumblings that what the injury that held him out of practice this week may be a little bit more severe than last week. That will be worth watching how he does early.
Locker is a gamer, so keep an eye on how he plays tonight. Washington is about ready to kick it off against Arizona on ESPN.
ESPN’s Ted Miller posted the latest injury news on his blog this morning and both quarterbacks in today’s Washington-Arizona game are listed. Nick Foles, who suffered a dislocated kneecap against the Washington State Cougars, is officially out and will be for at least another couple weeks. Jake Locker, after sitting out with a variety of injuries this week, is listed as probable and should be ready to go tonight.
Outside of Chrichton and Fogerson, the Huskies are looking good on the injury side.
The biggest injury for Arizona is obviously that of Nick Foles. In his place, backup Matt Scott will take the reigns and lead the Wildcats offense. Scott played most of last week’s game against the Washington State Cougars, leading Arizona to victory.
Washington is likely out, though he’s only listed as doubtful. Bug Wright is a game-time decision and Criner, the biggest weapon for Arizona, should play today against the Huskies.
Washington and Arizona kick it off in Tucson tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
After sitting out to start the week, Washington quarterback Jake Locker was back at practice on Thursday and participated fully. Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian took it slow with Locker for the second week in a row in an effort to let his body heal from the pounding it’s been taking. Just like last week, Locker rested for three days before going full-bore during Thursday’s practice.
Earlier in the week, Sarkisian was worried Locker would be limited against Arizona, but is now much more optimistic about Locker’s ability to be mobile and use his legs against the Wildcats. The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta talked to the Husky head man about this weekend’s game and, specifically, Jake Locker.
“I thought he had a nice practice,‘’ Sarkisian said. "I thought he looked good. Threw the ball well, ran well, really locked into what we were trying to get accomplished. So looks like he’s ready to go.’’
Sarkisian said that Locker :looked like he looked last Thursday’’ and that he doesn’t think Locker will be limited.
With Locker rested and feeling better, the Huskies should be able to roll him out and make use of his running in the gameplan on Saturday. With Arizona boasting a formidable defensive line, Locker’s legs will be a huge factor for Washington. If he can avoid the rush and make the plays he’s capable of, it will go a long way toward UW pulling the upset.
Locker and the Huskies take on Arizona this Saturday in Tucson at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.
After dropping the game-winning two-point conversion against the Huskies, Oregon State’s Joe Halahuni was about as low as a player could get. After the game, numerous Washington players pulled him aside and gave him words of encouragement, telling him to keep his head up. The same could not be said, however, for some fans in Corvallis.
According to The Oregonian’s Paul Buker, Halahuni arrived home after a restless bus ride to an unpleasant note on his car.
And then the team bus pulled into the Reser Stadium parking lot around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, and Halahuni found an obscene note attached to the windshield of his car.
"Nice catch, you bleep.’’
Halahuni, an Orting native playing in front of friends and family at Husky Stadium, was pretty down after the game. He says he dreamed of catching the game-winning touchdown in Husky Stadium and blamed himself for the loss.
His Oregon State teammates rallied around him, with cornerback James Dockery shouldering the blame for giving up a deep pass earlier leading to a touchdown. Still, instead of walking off a hero, Halahuni walked out of Husky Stadium with the lasting memory being a dropped past.
Sadly, a fan took it upon himself to kick the kid while he was down.
The Washington Huskies just finished practice for the day and quarterback Jake Locker was "very limited" in his participation. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said Locker was very sore from the pounding he's taken and could be limited in what he does this weekend against the Arizona Wildcats.
With Locker's mobility hampered by a thigh bruise, the Huskies will likely have to limit his running. The Husky quarterback looked fine in the pocket against Oregon State, leading the Huskies to an overtime win on Saturday. Without being able to use his legs, however, Locker loses one of his biggest weapons.
For now, Locker will take it easy in practice for the second week in an effort to minimize the damage ahead of this weekend's game. How he responds to treatment and how he feels on Saturday will determine the gameplan against Arizona for the Huskies.
Nick Foles went down with a right knee injury against the Washington State Cougars against Saturday, sidelining him for at least a few weeks. The Washington Huskies will dodge a bullet this weekend, instead having to face backup Matt Scott.
The Arizona Daily Star had an update on Foles’ injury, with Arizona head coach Mike Stoops calling the injury week-to-week.
Arizona Wildcats coach Mike Stoops wouldn’t take direct questions about the status of quarterback Nick Foles’ injured knee on Monday, but said it was not a season-ending injury. He called it a “week-to-week” situation.
Foles has returned to his hometown of Austin, Texas, for a couple of days to be with family and have his knee looked at it, Stoops said.
The good news for the Wildcats is that it shouldn’t end his season. Scott did well taking snaps for Arizona last weekend, completing 14 passes for 139 yards, but also throwing an interception.
Scott will have some help from Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin in the backfield. The talented duo rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns. This week they face a tough Husky defense that made stops when it counted against Oregon State.
The Washington Huskies picked up a huge win over the Oregon State Beavers last Saturday, pulling out a thrilling 35-34 double overtime victory. Jake Locker came on strong in the overtime periods, passing for two touchdowns and leading the Huskies to victory. The defense came up big in the overtime, stopping the Beavers two-point conversion, sending the Huskies to victory.
This week, the Huskies take on the Arizona Wildcats in the desert. Arizona will be without the services of their starting quarterback Nick Foles after he was knocked out of Saturday's game against the Washington State Cougars with a dislocated kneecap or sprained right knee, depending on who you ask (via the Arizona Daily Star).
Foles appeared to dislocate his right kneecap with 14:01 remaining in the first half of Saturday's 24-7 win over Washington State, and did not return. Backup Matt Scott finished the game. Coach Mike Stoops offered few details following the UA's win, but said he hopes Foles can be back in a few weeks.
Washington's win propelled them back into the bowl picture and brought them back to .500 at 3-3. With hope fading after an unexpected loss to Arizona State, the Huskies came up big and resurrected their season once again against OSU. ESPN's Ted Miller predicts Washington will take on an ACC team in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The Huskies announced a few contract changes for their coaching staff over the weekend. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier both received extensions from the university, keeping them locked up through 2012. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reported the contract details this morning.
Details are available this morning of some news that broke over the weekend that UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt recently had his contract extended.
Actually, both Holt and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier were recently given one-year extensions to their previous deals.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian also had his contract tweaked, receiving a membership to the Seattle Yacht Club.
The Huskies also released the game notes for this weekend's matchup against Arizona. The game will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com at 7:15 p.m.
The Washington-Arizona game will air nationally on ESPN television, with Carter Blackburn, former Husky quarterback Brock Huard and former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti providing the commentary. You can also see the game at espn3.com.
The Seattle Times' Bud Withers took a look at the Pac-10, the volatile nature of the conference and the Huskies' chances.
The Huskies (3-3) made their season viable. Again. The double-OT victory over Oregon State makes the trek toward a bowl game more manageable. Still, it says here they're going to have to steal one of the next three against Arizona, Stanford or Oregon.
Arizona comes into the game against Washington favored by a touchdown. Between the Huskies very improved play last weekend and Nick Foles being out, this game should be another close one.
Washington and Arizona take the field this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
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