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GAME BLOG: No. 24 Arizona vs. South Carolina State LIVE


FINAL: Arizona 56, South Carolina State 0

The Wildcats finish the game with its first shutout since the Idaho game in 2008 and their biggest victory since that game.

Scott and Denker combined for 366 yards on 30-for-36 throwing. Eight different players ran the ball and 12 different players made receptions.

The Wildcats (3-0) will play at No. 4 Oregon next weekend. The Ducks beat Tennessee Tech 63-14 earlier today.


Projected starter at linebacker Hank Hobson gets his first tackle of the season. Hobson got hurt before week one and didn’t play against either Toledo or Oklahoma State.


Arizona is basically running out the clock now. Running back Jared Baker and Elliot Taylor are getting the carries. Third-stringer Kylan Butler only had two attempts on the night.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 56, SC State 0

Sophomore Jared Baker pounds it into the endzone from four yards out. That score has Arizona on pace to have it’s eighth biggest victory in school history. But 5:58 still remains in the game to push that ranking in either direction.


Arizona just surpassed it’s all-time first down record. The Wildcats have 39 on the nigh, the previous high was 37. So on that note, let’s take a look at a few facts.

– Senior safety Mark Watley finally enters a game. Watley was rumored to be a starter coming into the season. Instead, it’s his first rep of the season.

– If the game ended now, Arizona’s 49-point margin wouldn’t even crack its top-15 biggest margin of victories. However, the only one listed that’s in the 2000s is a 70-0 victory against Idaho in 2008.

– Right now Arizona has 592 total yards. SC State has 144.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 49, SC State 0

Vanilla Vick strikes! The junior college transfer hits a wide open Willet for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

A couple career firsts here: Denker’s first TD pass, Willet’s first reception and first TD catch. History is being made in Arizona Stadium tonight folks.


It’s full backup mode for the Wildcats right now. Walk-on receivers Trevor Ermisch and Sean Willet are on the field.


IT’S VANILLA VICK TIME!!!!! Quarterback B.J. Denker enters the game for Scott, who embarrassingly had six incompletions this game.


END OF THIRD QUARTER – Arizona 42, South Carolina State 0


More starters start coming off the field. Safety Jared Tevis followed Fischer’s lead and finally got his first rest of the season. True freshman William Parks replaced him.

Sack update: Conwell sacked SC State’s Richard Cue for a ten yard loss and the Wildcats first sack since Toledo. A nice little debut for the freshman Conwell.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 42, SC St 0

Jenkins plows his way into the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown and the first non-Scott or Carey touchdown of the season. Don’t look now, but if Bonano would have hit that short kick, the Wildcats would have 45 points (my pregame prediction). Unfortunately, there is still a whole quarter to go. Lame.


True freshman Dakota Conwell makes his first career appearance on defense. He replaced linebacker Jake Fischer who won’t be on the field for the first time all season. I guess the Wildcats leading tackler deserves a break.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 35, SC St 0

Receiver Dan Buckner grabbed his first touchdown of the season, turning a medium range catch into a 24-yard touchdown by turning on the jets. Surprisingly most off the offensive starters are still in the game.

Also, the Arizona football team let’s everyone know that they play basketball at the university too with a preview trailer on the giant jumbo tron. Just in case you were curious, the Red-Blue game is October 21.


Tonight’s attendance: 43,919, just about 8,000 less than the max capacity of 51,811. Of course the actual capacity right now is much, much lower but you can’t really blame the Zona Zoo. They did their job for the most part


The second half opens with a short by South Carolina State to its own 16 yardline. At halftime it was discovered hall-of-fame coach Lute Olson is watching the game here at Arizona Stadium.

Who’s not at the game? Most of the Zona Zoo section. The 28-0 scoreline seems like a perfect time to celebrate for Arizona fans, and since alcohol isn’t served at the stadium, it looks like many fans opted to party elsewhere.


HALFTIME – Arizona 28, South Carolina State 0

For a full summary of the first half, check out the Daily Wildcat’s halftime recap by Cameron Moon. You can follow him at @MoonCameron20.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 28, SC State 0

Scott continues to add to his Heisman resume with a weaving 10-yard touchdown run right before halftime.

Fine, Scott isn’t actually in the Heisman discussion, but the redshirt senior has been great this season and is the main reason why the Wildcats are on track to be 3-0 this season. Scott is 20-for-26 for 175 yards and three total touchdowns. He also has 61 yards rushing on nine attempts.


Morrison Drops Watch:

South Carolina State’s Nick Belcher punted the ball to Morrison who in turn muffed the punt. Arizona recovered the ball, and Morrison added to his muffs total which now stands at two this season.


Cornerback Jonathan McKnight makes a diving interception at the Arizona 41-yard line. McKnight also has the de facto game-winning pick six against Oklahoma State last weekend. I think he’s recovered from his knee injury last season.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 21, SC St 0

Ka’Deem Carey comes through with a seven yard scamper to put the Wildcats up by three scores. Carey has 71 yards on 13 attempts, not too shabby for the sophomore.

Some extra curricular activity happens on the ensuing kickoff leading to a personal foul penalty on the Bulldogs. They followed that up with a delay of game penalty. South Carolina State is struggling right now.


It’s official, No. 21 Stanford topples No. 2 USC 21-14 in Palo Alto. Oh and ASU lost to Missouri 24-20, but to be fair, the Sun Devils did put up a valiant effort.

Meanwhile at Arizona Stadium, SC State just fumbled a handoff but recovered the ball. The Bulldogs will punt the ball back to Arizona with 11:20 remaining in the second quarter.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 14, SC St 0

Scott hits a wide open Taimi Tutogi for a 14-yard strike. Tutogi is all over the field tonight – he’s grabbing touchdowns on offense and pressuring the SC State quarterback on the defensive end.


END OF FIRST QUARTER – Arizona 7, South Carolina State 0

A sloppy opening quarter for the Wildcats as they turned the ball over and missed a short kick. Scott has looked sharp and the defense has done its job, giving up just 33 yards total. Still, its a ball game here in Tucson.

Also, USC is losing 21-14 against Stanford with 1:45 left in the 4th quarter. Upset anyone?


Bonano, who received Pac-12 special teams Player of the Week, missed a short 25-yard field goal. He’s now 0-for-2 from 25-yards out on the season. Bonano missed his game-winning attempt against Toledo in week one from the same distance.

I really miss the days of Alex Zendejas… Actually, scratch that.


With a long TV timeout holding up the action, let’s take a quick look at the game (6:51 left in the first quarter).

Arizona has thrown a lot so far, with Scott going 10-for-11 for 96 yards. The defense has been expectantly good against their FCS opponent, giving up just 16 yards in the Bulldogs first two drives.


Morrison Drops Watch: On his third touch of the game, Morrison fumbles the ball at the end of a one-yard catch and the Bulldogs recover.

It’s really hard to judge Morrison – he keeps getting open and targeted by Scott, but he then proceeds to fumble or drop the ball repeatedly. Morrison gives and takes away so much on every given play.


TOUCHDOWN Arizona; UA 7, SC St 0

Quarterback Matt Scott targets junior Richard Morrison and Morrison actually makes the catch for a 15-yard touchdown. Kicker John Bonano hits the extra point, putting UA up 7-0 with 12:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Scott was a perfect 6-for-6 on the drive and also had two of the three Wildcat carries. Coach Rich Rodriguez got his star a lot of action there, let’s see how long it is before backup B.J. Denker sees the field.


And the game is off. Arizona let’s the ball bounce into the endzone, ruining junior Daniel Jenkins’ debut as kick returner. Poor guy.


South Carolina State wins the coin toss and defers to the second half. Arizona will start the game with the ball.


The Pride of Arizona begins its performance in front of a fairly empty Arizona Stadium. The Zona Zoo is close to its normal capacity. The rest of the stadium? Not so much.


A look around the nation:

ASU trails Missouri 24-20 in Columbia, Mo., in the middle of the fourth quarter.

– Colorado is getting absolutely slaughtered on the road against Fresno State, losing 55-7 just before halftime.

– No. 2 USC leads No. 21 Stanford 14-7 early in the third quarter.

– And in the least surprising headline of the day, No. 13 Virginia Tech fell to Pittsburgh 35-17. The same Panthers team that lost its season opener by two touchdowns to FCS Youngstown State.


It’s t-minus 51 minutes until kickoff and the players are out on the field warming up. With a FCS opponent in town, look for some backups and freshmen to get playing time for Arizona.

Some notable names to look for:

– Junior quarterback B.J. Denker

– Freshman linebacker Keoni Bush-Loo

– Freshman free safety Jamar Allah

– Sophomore wide receiver Trevor Ermisch

– Freshman spur safety Wayne Capers Jr.


We’re live here at Arizona Stadium as the No. 24 Arizona Wildcats take on FCS South Carolina State Bulldogs of the MEAC. The Wildcats will be wearing blue helmets, blue jerseys and white pants, a good choice in my opinion.

Pregame prediction: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Arizona is going to win. My earlier score prediction was 45-7 and judging off of my previous predictions, the score won’t even be close to that.

Check out WildcatSports or KyleJohnsonUA for updates throughout the game.

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