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Arizona will host #18 Oklahoma State this Saturday (Sept. 8) in Tucson, Ariz., marking the third consecutive season the teams have met, starting with their matchup in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl. Since that game, Oklahoma State won a Big 12 Championship and Fiesta Bowl crown, while Arizona posted a 4-8 record and replaced head coach Mike Stoops with former Michigan and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez.
Oklahoma State opened the season with an 84-0 thrashing of Savannah State last weekend, securing their first shutout since 2000. The Cowboys, who set a Big 12 record by scoring the 84 points, rushed out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter and were able to rest their starters for the remainder of the game. Freshman Wes Lunt, replacing the graduated Brandon Weeden, got the start at quarterback for OSU and completed all 11 of his pass attempts for 129 yards in the game. Junior running back Joseph Randle rushed for 107 yards and two TD’s on just six attempts while sophomore Desmond Roland added 105 yards and three TD’s for 104 yards. The explosive Cowboys offense, which also had to replace two-time Biletnikoff Award winner and 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP Justin Blackmon, completed passes to 11 different receivers in the game and racked up 682 yards of total offense while averaging 8.6 yards per play.
Arizona needed overtime to defeat Toledo 24-17 in Rodriguez’s first game as coach of the Wildcats. Arizona racked up 624 yards of offense against the Rockets, the second-highest offensive output in school history. Senior quarterback Matt Scott completed 30-of-46 pass attempts for a career-best 387 yards and threw two TD’s, including the game-winner on the first possession of overtime. The Wildcats running game was paced by sophomore Ka’Deem Carey who finished with 147 yards on 20 carries. Former Texas Longhorn Dan Buckner was Scott’s favorite target against the Rockets, catching 10 passes for 116 yards.
For a thorough recap of week one and more information on what to look forward with the Valero Alamo Bowl, follow this link.
Other Big 12 action this weekend: Iowa State at Iowa, Rice at Kansas, Miami (Fla.) at Kansas State, Florida A&M at Oklahoma, Grambling at TCU, New Mexico at Texas, Texas Tech at Texas State.
Other Pac-12 games this weekend: Utah at Utah State, Eastern Washington at Washington State, Sacramento State at Colorado, Southern Utah at California, USC at Syracuse, Wisconsin at Oregon State, Fresno State at Oregon, Washington at LSU, Nebraska at UCLA, Duke at Stanford, Illinois at Arizona State.