TUCSON, Ariz. – Matt Scott threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, Ka’Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and Arizona raced out of its bye week with a 52-17 Pac-12 football rout over Washington Saturday night.
Arizona (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) went into its bye worn down and beaten up after three straight losses to ranked opponents.
Refreshed and mostly recuperated, the Wildcats had their way with Washington’s defense from the opening drive, eclipsing 500 total yards (533) for the sixth time this season.
Scott finished 14 of 22, throwing two touchdowns to Austin Hill, and ran for another score. Carey scored on a 2-yard run, and Richard Morrison added a 63-yard touchdown on a punt return to give coach Rich Rodriguez his first Pac-12 win.
Washington (3-4, 1-3) had no chance against Arizona’s fast-paced offense, and quarterback Keith Price had another so-so game in the Huskies’ third straight loss.
Price matched Scott with 256 yards passing, but his line didn’t look quite as good, needing 52 attempts to get there and with two interceptions to offset his one touchdown.
Snapping the ball almost as soon as the officials placed it, the Wildcats picked Washington’s defense apart behind Carey’s quick-burst running and Scott’s pinpoint passing.
Scott opened by getting two Washington defenders to bite on a pump fake to set up a floating, 27-yard touchdown pass to David Richards.
Scott did it next with his legs, scoring on a 1-yard run, then his arm, finding Garic Wharton on a 33-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-3 to put Arizona up 24-3. He also had a quick answer to Washington’s first touchdown – a 6-yard pass from Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins – by hitting Hill on a 53-yard touchdown.
Scott’s only real mistake came in the closing seconds of the first half, when he was hit, and his fluttering pass was picked off by Washington linebacker Travis Feeney at midfield. He rumbled to the 3-yard line, setting up Bishop Sankey’s 1-yard touchdown run that cut Arizona’s lead to 31-17 at halftime. Sankey (Gonzaga Prep) finished with 87 yards on 19 carries.