A- Matt Scott set UA single-game records for completions (45) and attempts (69), and threw for a career-high 491 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats' fifth-year senior made just one mistake, but it was a killer: Chase Thomas' interception of Scott's tipped pass in overtime gave the Cardinal the ball. Stanford won the game two plays later.
B+ Ka'Deem Carey continues to show why he's the Wildcats' every-down back. On Saturday, the sophomore put up 200 all-purpose yards - 132 on the ground (on 29 carries) and 68 through the air. He also scored three touchdowns.
B+Austin Hill had yet another stellar night, catching 11 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Johnny Jackson caught more passes Saturday (10) than in his first five games combined (8), and finished with 75 receiving yards. Dan Buckner (8 catches, 91 yards) and Terrence Miller (3 catches, 37 yards, 1 TD) kept the chains moving for a UA offense that gained 617 yards.
B Credit the Wildcats' front-five for degree of difficulty: Starting center Kyle Quinn and guard Trace Biskin both stayed home in Tucson to deal with ankle and toe injuries, respectively. A patchwork O-line helped the Wildcats gain 126 rushing yards; Scott was sacked three times on 69 passing attempts.
C The UA was dreadfully thin on the defensive line, too, and took hits when linebackers Jake Fischer (shoulder) and Marquis Flowers (leg) were dinged by injuries. Fischer finished with nine tackles and Flowers had six tackles and one tackle-for loss. Justin Washington made his 2012 debut on the defensive line, and Kirifi Taula saw a season-high in snaps.
D+ Stanford's Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for three more scores, against a secondary that struggled to stop the Cardinal's tight ends. Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz caught a combined 11 passes for 205 yards and two scores. Positives? Jourdon Grandon finished with a game-high 12 tackles, and safeties Patrick Onwuasor (eight tackles) and Tra'Mayne Bondurant (eight tackles) overachieved.
A Lost in Stanford's come-from-behind victory was the success of Arizona's special teams. John Bonano hit a pair of 33-yard field goals, and was perfect on four PATs. Punter Kyle Dugandzic averaged 42 yards per punt, and pinned the Cardinal inside their 20 twice. The Wildcats converted on 1 of 2 two-point conversions. For once, special teams weren't to blame for Arizona's struggles.