Arizona Wildcats Defeat No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Huge Upset

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08:  Runningback Ka'Deem Carey #25 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates with Austin Hill #29 after Carey scored on a 13 touchdown reception against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the third quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State looked like a national powerhouse after their 84-0 win over Savannah State last week, but fell well short of expectations when they encountered a more formidable opponent.

The Cowboys lost to Arizona 38-59 and gave the world a much more realistic idea of what to expect this season.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, it looked like Oklahoma State was going to roll over Arizona. The Wildcats fought back valiantly though and had the Cowboys on their heels at halftime, holding a 23-14 lead at halftime.

Both offenses put forth impressive yardage. Oklahoma State torched U of A's defense for 636 yards, while Arizona tallied 501 yards of its own. Wes Lunt was responsible for 440 of those yards through the air and even racked up four touchdowns in the game, but his three interceptions proved costly.

Sophomore Ka'Deem Carey had four total touchdowns and rushed for 126 yards in a row. With back-to-back games with over 125 yards on the ground, it's safe to say Arizona has found the feature back they were looking for.

Losing Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to the NFL has left a void in the Cowboys' offense. While 38 points is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, this is a team that scored over 50 points six times last season en route to the Fiesta Bowl.

Conversely, this is a great win for the Wildcats. They take on South Carolina State next week in a seemingly easy win and will likely roll into Oregon at 3-0 with a win over a ranked opponent under their belt.

It wasn't the only major upset involving the Pac-12 today. UCLA took down No. 16 Nebraska, Oregon State took down No. 13 Wisconsin and Colorado suffered an embarrassing loss to Sacramento State.

This concludes a wild day in football that will have a huge impact on the rankings and how the country views the strength of the Pac-12 as a whole.