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Report Card: Arizona 31, Arizona State 27

2011-11-20T01:15:00Z 2011-11-20T07:47:23Z Report Card: Arizona 31, Arizona State 27By Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star

Quarterback. A-. The Wildcats' Nick Foles was stellar in his final Territorial Cup game, completing 35-of-51 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once, and ended his rivalry game career without ever having thrown an interception into ASU arms. The most memorable moment, however, came when reserve Bryson Beirne completed his only attempt, a 23-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Juron Criner.

Running back: A-. Ka'Deem Carey gave the Wildcats what they've been waiting weeks for - an encouraging performance from their young star. The Canyon Del Oro High School grad ran 13 times for 92 yards, including a long of 33. Keola Antolin had one touchdown, tying Trung Canidate for fourth all-time at the UA with 25 career.

Wide receivers: A-. Healthy for the first time in weeks, Juron Criner caught nine balls for 135 yards and a score. Gino Crump had six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. David Douglas had five for 31, and Carey had four for 47.

Offensive line: B+. The Wildcats' fast-improving unit put together another promising game, keeping Foles upright - he was sacked only once - and clearing the way for 101 rushing yards on 28 carries. It was a modest rushing total, but dynamic by recent UA standards.

Front seven. B. Debuting a new 3-4 defensive set, with three defensive linemen instead of the usual four, the UA harassed Brock Osweiler enough to make him nervous. Osweiler completed 36-of-65 passes for 487 yards, but was picked twice in UA territory and sacked once. Cameron Marshall, hampered by a knee injury, ran for 44 yards on 16 carries. Derek Earls and Tra'Mayne Bondurant had eight tackles apiece, tying Robert Golden for the team lead. C.J. Parish, who did not make the trip to Colorado last week because of injury, had the team's only sack.

Secondary. B. In surrendering 548 yards of total offense, the Wildcats certainly weren't statistically pleasing. However, they held Osweiler, the Pac-12's second-leading passer, to only one passing touchdown. Jourdon Grandon had the interception of his life, a tipped pass with about 2 minutes to play. Shaquille Richardson had a first-quarter interception and the game's final batted pass. The UA deflected a stunning - absolutely amazing - 14 passes.

Special teams. C. John Bonano missed field goals from 27 and 49 yards but was perfect on PATs - no small feat in this rivalry series. Kyle Dugandzic punted six times for an average of 47.3 yards, pinning ASU inside its own 20-yard line once.

 

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