The Arizona Wildcat football Spring Game was a showcase for big plays and not much else. The offense showed little of the playbook and, frankly, were not sharp.
The offense “won” the scrimmage on the final play. Matt Scott rolled out and heaved a desperation pass to the endzone. Walk-on Mike Descisciolo stepped in front of another receiver, grabbed the wobbly pass and strolled into the endzone.
It was one of three offensive scores for the Wildcats.
Scott led the Wildcat offense on another scoring drive. It was a quick, two-play drive. First Scott lobbed a floater over the middle to Taimi Tutogi. The big back stretched out, made a great finger-tip grab and rumbled down to the eight yard line, before being wrestled down by two defensive backs. On the next play Scott lofted a fade pass to the corner of the endzone. Juron Criner got away with a little push-off and made the tough falling catch for the score.
The first offensive score actually came on a Bryson Beirne drive. Beirne used a few short passes to the running backs to drive them into the defense’s territory. An eight-yard completion to Dan Buckner followed by runs by Keola Antolin and Daniel Jenkins of nine and 12 yards respectively got the offense down to the 20. Disaster was avoided when a fumbled snap was recovered by Beirne and two plays later he threw a high ball inside the five. Criner out-leaped a defensive back, avoided contact and got into the endzone.
Beirne was solid, completing 8-12 for 89 yards and the score.
Criner caught four passes for 41 yards, including the two scores.
Scott was good, but did make one mistake. He led the Cats inside the defense’s territory and threw a pass into the endzone. The ball was deflected by one defensive back and Joe Perkins grabbed the loose ball. He raced out of the endzone and at the 14-yard line flipped the ball to Trevin Wade who raced the final 86 yards for the score.
Scott was mostly sharp. He was 16-21 for 238 yards, the two scores and the one pick.
The defense’s second score came on another long pick. This time it was Foles who threw a pass, which was grabbed by Mike Turner and taken 60 yards for the score.
Foles was off his game all day. He was “sacked” on the first two plays and never got into a good rhythm. He finished the day 7-14 for 74 yards and two picks.
The running game was solid. Antolin had 43 yards on 11 carries, while Tutogi gained 20 yards on five carries. Nic Grigsby had the longest run of the day, a 22-yard burst up the middle, but re-injured his hamstring, falling down on his own to end the run. He did not return.
Defensively linebackers Paul Vassallo and R.J. Young each had a team-high seven tackles, while Ricky Elmore had two of the team’s four sacks.