Arizona-Arizona State notes: Devils have a new starting QBby Anthony Gimino on Nov. 27, 2010, under Sports
Arizona State will have a new starting quarterback for Thursday night’s game at Arizona.
Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson said Saturday that sophomore Brock Osweiler would get the call after an excellent relief effort against UCLA. Osweiler came in for ASU’s third possession after Steven Threet suffered a concussion.
ASU trailed 10-0 at the time, and would fall behind 17-0, but Arizona State dominated the rest of the way, winning 55-34. Osweiler completed 27 of 36 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception.
“He was just outstanding,” Erickson said after the game.
“He didn’t turn the football over and he threw it accurately. He missed some throws, but he didn’t make any mistakes. The guy is a tremendous athlete and a great competitor. He started running and giving himself a second chance. It was a great effort by Brock.”
Threet has started every game this season after winning a competition with Osweiler through spring and fall camps. He has had good moments in Arizona’s passing spread offense, but his 16 interceptions also show questionable decision-making.
“Steve may be cleared (to play), but at best, he’ll be our back-up,” Erickson was quoted as saying Saturday in the Arizona Republic. Third-stringer Samson Szakacsy, a junior, will get extended work in practice.
Osweiler, who is 6-foot-8 and 242 pounds, also started once last season — against Oregon on Nov. 14. This season, he has completed 40 of 60 passes for 530 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles set a personal record with 448 passing yards. He completed 29 of 54 passes for 448 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, on a chilly, rainy night.
“I haven’t seen quarterback play like that in a long time,” Oregon coach Chip Kelly said in his postgame news conference. “Nick Foles is a really, really good quarterback. He did a great job extending the play. He played great tonight.”
Foles’ previous career high was 440 passing yards in a loss this season to Oregon State.
Foles has attempted 150 passes in the past three games. They have all been losses, despite the fact the Wildcats have compiled 1,324 yards in that span.
Problem is, the Wildcats have been inefficient in the red zone … and the defense has yielded 1,435 yards in the past three games.
Big play for Criner
Arizona receiver Juron Criner had two touchdown receptions in the first quarter against Oregon, including an 85-yard catch-and-run in which he freed himself down the middle on the a double move against cornerback Cliff Harris.
“He beat me,” Harris was quoted as saying in the Portland Tribune. “It was one-on-one and he got me on the double move. He made a few plays here and there, but we made a few plays here and there.”
Criner finished with just three catches for 109 yards. He has eight touchdowns this season, three off the school record, held by Mike Thomas and T Bell.
Criner, a junior, is fifth on UA’s career list for TD catches with 18. Bell, who played from 1972-75) is first with 30.