Scores

Final

LA-Lafayette 37

(8-4, 3-4 away)

Arizona 45

(4-8, 3-3 home)

4:00 PM ET, November 26, 2011

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
ULL 7 6 3 2137
ARIZ 0 21 10 1445

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (ARIZ) - 352 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Antolin (ARIZ) - 19 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Criner (ARIZ) - 9 REC, 129 YDS, 2 TD

Nick Foles ties Arizona career, single-season TD records in win

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in his final game for Arizona, and the Wildcats held off Louisiana-Lafayette 45-37 on Saturday.

Foles, whose status for the game had been uncertain because of bruised ribs, tied the school record for career (64) and single-season (31) touchdown passes. He already held virtually all other passing records at the school. Foles also topped 4,000 yards passing for the season and 10,000 for his career.

Juron Criner caught nine passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats (4-8), breaking the school career record for TD receptions at 32.

Blaine Gautier threw for 315 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (8-4), who cut the Arizona lead to eight points three times in the fourth quarter.

Javon Lawson caught five passes for 137 yards for the Cajuns.

Gautier tied Jake Delhomme's school record of touchdown passes in a season at 20.

Louisiana-Lafayette tied an NCAA record when Jemarious Moten intercepted Foles' pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the seventh pick-six of the season for the team. That tied a mark set by Tennessee in 1971.

The Cajuns of the Sun Belt Conference accepted a bid to the New Orleans Bowl on Monday, their first postseason appearance in 41 years.

Arizona (4-8) finished 3-3 under interim coach Tim Kish after Mike Stoops was fired halfway through the season. New coach Rich Rodriguez visited with tailgaters before the game and was introduced to the crowd at halftime.

Louisiana-Lafayette, 0-4 against Pac-12 teams, pulled within one possession for the final time when Gauthier scored on a 10-yard quarterback draw with 5:05 to play. But the Cajuns never got the ball again as Arizona moved downfield and ran out the clock.

Moten's TD return, on his second interception of the day, cut Arizona's lead to 31-23, but the Wildcats' Daniel Jenkins returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards to the Louisiana 2. Two plays later, Keola Antolin scored on a 5-yard run to make it 38-23 with 13:28 left.

Again the Ragin' Cajuns came back, going 71 yards in 10 plays, with Alonzo Harris scoring on a 5-yard run to cut it to 38-30 with 10:26 still to go.

Foles' 35-yard pass to Criner at the 6:08 mark boosted the lead to 45-30.

The Cajuns used a fake punt and an onside kick in the first half, both of them successful, to take leads of 7-0 and 13-7.

Backup Bryson Bierne started in place of Foles, who was knocked out late in last week's 31-27 win at Arizona State. Bierne drove the Wildcats to the Louisiana 25, but his pass was intercepted by Moten, who returned it 19 yards to the Cajuns' 40.

Gautier's 40-yard pass to Lawson set up Harry Peoples' 11-yard TD run to make it 7-0. Foles came on for Arizona's second series and directed a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive, with fullback Taimi Tutogi bulling in from the 1 on fourth down to tie it at 7-7.

After the kickoff, Louisiana-Lafayette faked a punt on fourth-and-11 from its 40, with punter Brett Baer throwing 13 yards to the Arizona 47. Ladarius Green's 20-yard run on a reverse set up Gautier's 4-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Harris. Baer's conversion try bounced off the right upright and was no good, so the Ragin' Cajuns led 13-7 with 9:14 left in the half.

Foles threw two touchdown passes in a span of two minutes, 39 seconds late in the half to put Arizona up 21-13 at the break.

Jenkins' 34-yard run and a 24-yard pass to Criner set up Foles' 9-yard scoring pass to Criner that put Arizona up for good 14-13. On the second play after the subsequent kickoff, Gautier was hit by defenders from both sides and fumbled. Marquis Flowers recovered for the Wildcats at the Louisiana 32.

A roughing the passer penalty and four straight completions by Foles, the last 12 yards to David Douglas for a touchdown with 34 seconds left, put Arizona ahead 21-13.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ULL
ARIZ
1st Downs2025
Total Yards408494
Passing328373
Rushing80121
Penalties10-1063-20
3rd Down Conversions3-127-16
4th Down Conversions2-23-3
Turnovers12
Possession23:5336:07

Passing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gautier24/363158.810
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Foles33/433528.231

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris13453.5111
Gautier7213.0111
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Antolin19693.6121
Jenkins5489.6134

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana-LafayetteRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lawson513727.4057
Green66611.0024
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Criner912914.3235
Douglas9697.7112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERULLARIZ
TD09:18Harry Peoples 11 Yd Run (Brett Baer Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERULLARIZ
TD14:57Taimi Tutogi 1 Yd Run (John Bonano Kick) 77
TD09:14Alonzo Harris 4 Yd Pass From Blaine Gautier (Pat Failed) 137
TD03:13Juron Criner 9 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (John Bonano Kick) 1314
TD00:34David Douglas 12 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (John Bonano Kick) 1321
THIRD QUARTERULLARIZ
TD07:46Daniel Jenkins 7 Yd Run (John Bonano Kick) 1328
FG05:21Brett Baer 20 Yd 1628
FG03:22John Bonano 39 Yd 1631
FOURTH QUARTERULLARIZ
TD13:47Jemarlous Moten 41 Yd Interception Return (Brett Baer Kick) 2331
TD13:28Keola Antolin 7 Yd Run (John Bonano Kick) 2338
TD10:26Alonzo Harris 5 Yd Run (Brett Baer Kick) 3038
TD06:08Juron Criner 35 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (John Bonano Kick) 3045
TD05:05Blaine Gautier 10 Yd Run (Brett Baer Kick) 3745