Arizona Wildcats Maul the Washington Huskies Without Star Quarterback

Dawn Peralli-OishiContributor IIOctober 24, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Injured quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats congratulates Keola Antolin #2 after Antolin scored a 78 yard rushing touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Wildcats made another mark in the Pac-10 conference by finishing tonight’s game 6-1.  Matt Scott had no problem filling in for the injured Nick Foles (knee).  Scott was able to keep his team focused and make some big plays.  He threw an outstanding 18-of-22 completions, totaling 233 yards, to beat the Washington Huskies 44-14 on Saturday night.

The Huskies were coming off from a huge win over Oregon State in a double overtime 35-34 score.  They were 3-3 before tonight’s matchup.

Arizona’s Wildcats were looking to pile up the wins after a 24-7 win over Washington State last week.

Huskies QB Jake Locker threw for 183 yards, had a touchdown during the opening drive and lost 26 yards over 6 carries before being replaced by Keith Price.   Price had little to add.  He threw for 9 yards on 1-of-4 completions.

Keola Antolin finished the game with 114 yards on 14 carries. Juron Criner caught eight passes for 108 yards to give Arizona its best start since opening the 1998 season 6-1.

Arizona logged an impressive 470 offensive yards and a season high 237 rushing yards.  The defense dominated the line of scrimmage.

In a post game interview, coach Mike Stoops’ stated "This certainly was a good overall team win for us. We had a great week of preparation. We challenged the offensive line to be more physical, to protect the quarterback better. Everyone really responded positively this week. They knew they wanted to do a better job this week, and we were a lot more diversified.

Matt Scott did an outstanding job, going 18-for-22. We've had a ridiculous throwing percentage for this time of the season. I give a lot of credit to him, our offensive line, and the coaching staff. They all did very well in getting prepared for this game tonight. I'm pleased to see that Matt responded well on the field, even with the loss of his position."

Stoops’ went on to remind the team, “Don’t think you have arrived. You are ranked 6-1 and 3-1 in the Pac-10.  You have not arrived yet.”

UCLA will host the Wildcats next week.  The Bruins look to rally for a win after being defeated 60-13 by the Oregon Ducks.