Scores

Final

Arizona 37

(3-1, 1-0 Pac-12)

Oregon State 32

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

7:35 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

1 2 3 4 T
ARIZ 7 7 14 937
ORST 7 10 0 1532

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (ARIZ) - 254 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Rodgers (ORST) - 16 CAR, 85 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Rodgers (ORST) - 8 REC, 119 YDS

Foles passes for 254 yards, three TDs to lead Arizona past Oregon State 

Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Nick Foles passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and the Arizona Wildcats shrugged off the loss of leading rusher Nic Grigsby to beat Oregon State 37-32 Saturday in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Making his first start as a college quarterback, Foles was patient and precise in directing the Wildcats' spread offense, which carved up Oregon State's inexperienced secondary.

James Rodgers had eight catches for 119 yards for the Beavers. Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 13 passes for 70 yards. Sean Canfield was 31-of-47 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked five times.

The Beavers (2-2) fell behind 28-17 in the third quarter and had three chances for a winning drive. Starting at their own 3 with just over three minutes left in the game, the Beavers completed three passes, but Canfield was picked off by Devin Ross.

Arizona (3-1) went three-and-out, but punter Keeyan Crier pinned Oregon State to its 2, and the Beaver offensive line wilted. On the first play, Canfield was dumped in the end zone for a safety. The Beavers recovered the on-side kick, but Canfield was sacked twice more to end the game.

The Beavers are 109th in the country in passing defense.

Foles, the 6-foot-5 sophomore with a big arm, completed 25 of 34 passes and ran an efficient and effective offense even though Grigsby was lost to a shoulder injury after just one carry and backup tailback Keolo Antolin was slowed by a leg injury. In their absence, redshirt freshman Greg Nwoko had 76 receiving and 44 yards rushing.

Foles, who replaced Matt Scott as the starter this week, started out strong, coolly completing five of his first seven passes on deliberate 15-play, 71-yard scoring drive capped with a 2-yard strike to Delashaun Dean.

The Beavers tied up the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Canfield to Damola Adeniji and led 17-14 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats took the lead in the third after Trevin Wade intercepted Canfield's pass, setting up Foles' 1-yard TD run. Foles also connected with Nwoko for a 52-yard reception and found Juron Crier for a 3-yard touchdown pass four plays later.

Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a three-yard run and James Rodgers ran in the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 28-25.

But starting the drive at the Beaver 45, Foles engineered a five-play drive and found Terrell Turner wide open in the end zone.

Canfield threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Nichols that got the Beavers within 35-32.

Four of the last six meeting between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARIZ
ORST
1st Downs2528
Total Yards388407
Passing254303
Rushing134104
Penalties6-486-42
3rd Down Conversions5-117-15
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers02
Possession31:1928:41

Passing Leaders

ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Foles25/342547.530
Oregon StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Canfield31/473036.422

Rushing Leaders

ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Antolin12463.8010
Nwoko9444.9119
Oregon StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rodgers16855.3219
Wheaton3155.0012

Receiving Leaders

ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nwoko47619.0052
Roberts55210.4019
Oregon StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rodgers811914.9025
Rodgers13705.4012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIZORST
TD06:25Delashaun Dean 2 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Zendejas Kick) 70
TD00:02Damola Adeniji 11 Yd Pass From Sean Canfield (Justin Kahut Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERARIZORST
TD08:25Jacquizz Rodgers 1 Yd Run (Justin Kahut Kick) 714
TD03:39Greg Nwoko 19 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 1414
FG00:00Justin Kahut 22 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERARIZORST
TD06:21Nick Foles 1 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 2117
TD01:48Juron Criner 3 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Zendejas Kick) 2817
FOURTH QUARTERARIZORST
TD13:44Jacquizz Rodgers 2 Yd Run (James Rodgers Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2825
TD08:08Terrell Turner 13 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Zendejas Kick) 3525
TD04:09Aaron Nichols 13 Yd Pass From Sean Canfield (Justin Kahut Kick) 3532
SF00:25 3732