Scores

Final

Washington 14

(0-5, 0-3 Pac-12)

Arizona 48

(4-1, 2-0 Pac-12)

7:37 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Arizona Stadium, TUCSON, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
WASH 0 7 0 714
ARIZ 17 14 17 048

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 193 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 14 CAR, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Gronkowski (ARIZ) - 5 REC, 109 YDS, 3 TD

Gronkowski, Arizona trounce winless Washington

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rob Gronkowski matched a school record with three touchdown catches, Nic Grigsby ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and Arizona routed winless Washington 48-14 on Saturday night.

Willie Tuitama completed 17 of 21 passes for 193 yards and threw three touchdown passes for the Wildcats (4-1, 2-0), who are looking to end the Pac-10's longest active bowl drought at nine years.

On a breezy night in the desert, Arizona wasted little time putting away the woeful Huskies (0-5, 0-3). Arizona took a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Gronkowski caught a screen pass and raced 37 yards for a touchdown.

Grigsby added a 4-yard run to give Arizona a 17-0 lead after one quarter.

Arizona moved the ball almost at will against the Huskies, who entered with the nation's 114th scoring defense, allowing 40.5 points per game.

Mike Thomas broke the game open with an electrifying 48-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the second period.

Thomas fielded the ball near midfield, retreated about 10 yards and then cut up the home sideline, sprinting past Washington tacklers. Near the goal line, Thomas leaped over a prone Quinton Richardson and into the end zone as the Arizona Stadium crowd of 55,624 erupted.

The return put Arizona up 24-7 midway through the second quarter, and Gronkowski caught another touchdown pass later in the quarter to give the Wildcats a 31-7 halftime lead.

Facing the nation's second-ranked defense, Washington struggled behind quarterback Ronnie Fouch, a redshirt freshman making his first college start. Fouch completed 12 of 28 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown, a 20-yarder to Michael Gottlieb midway through the fourth quarter. Fouch also threw an interception.

Going for their first bowl berth since 1998, the Wildcats are stacking wins against a schedule ranked 90th in the nation, according to NCAA statistics. Arizona's four victories have come against Idaho, Toledo, UCLA and Washington, which entered Saturday with a combined 2-16 record against major-college opponents.

After a visit to 3-3 Stanford next week, Arizona returns to Tucson to face Pac-10 contenders California on Oct. 18 and Southern California on Oct. 25.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WASH
ARIZ
1st Downs1228
Total Yards244449
Passing181193
Rushing63256
Penalties3-311-10
3rd Down Conversions8-168-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers20
Possession23:4836:12

Passing Leaders

WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fouch12/281816.511
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama17/211939.230

Rushing Leaders

WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson13352.705
Griffin3217.0012
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby141138.1135
Scott6589.7036

Receiving Leaders

WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kearse16262.0062
Aguilar4358.8010
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gronkowski510921.8337
Thomas3268.7020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWASHARIZ
FG10:47Jason Bondzio 29 Yd 03
TD07:10Rob Gronkowski 37 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 010
TD00:00Nicholas Grigsby 4 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 017
SECOND QUARTERWASHARIZ
TD11:55Paul Homer 1 Yd Run (Ryan Perkins Kick) 717
TD08:13Mike Thomas 48 Yd Punt Return (Jason Bondzio Kick) 724
TD03:58Rob Gronkowski 9 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 731
THIRD QUARTERWASHARIZ
TD10:50Rob Gronkowski 8 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 738
FG05:42Jason Bondzio 49 Yd 741
TD00:38Xavier Smith 2 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 748
FOURTH QUARTERWASHARIZ
TD08:33Michael Gottlieb 20 Yd Pass From Ronnie Fouch (Ryan Perkins Kick) 1448