Scores

Final

Washington St 20

(2-3, 0-2 Pac-12)

Arizona 48

(2-3, 1-1 Pac-12)

10:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Arizona Stadium, TUCSON, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 7 6 7 020
ARIZ 10 10 14 1448

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 346 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 30 CAR, 186 YDS

Receiving: B. Gibson (WSU) - 11 REC, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Arizona 48, Washington St. 20

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Willie Tuitama threw for five touchdowns and freshman Nicolas Grigsby rushed for 186 yards in his second Arizona start, leading the Wildcats to a 48-20 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.

Grigsby carried 30 times and caught nine passes for 76 yards, including a 22-yarder for a touchdown.

Tuitama, increasingly comfortable in first-year coordinator Sonny Dykes' spread offense, completed 22-of-31 for 346 yards with no interceptions. He also had a one-yard sneak for a score as Arizona (2-3, 1-1 Pac-10) scored 28 straight points after Washington State rallied to tie it at 20 early in the second half.

Another freshman, 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end Rob Gronkowski, had four receptions for 115 yards, including touchdown plays of 18 and 57 yards.

Alex Brink was 35-of-56 for 347 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars, who lost to the Wildcats for the second year in a row. Brandon Gibson had 11 catches for 127 yards and a score.

The wide-open game featured 985 yards of offense, 567 for Arizona.

Down 20-7 with 2:53 left in the first half, the Cougars had 80-yard touchdown drives on their final possession of the second quarter and first possession of the third to tie it at 20. WSU would have had the lead had it not been for the first missed PAT by Romeen Abdullomahammadi in 27 attempts as Washington State's kicker.

Arizona went back on top with two third-quarter touchdowns. Tuitama threw 27 yards to Mike Thomas for one score. His 64-yard pass to Terrell Turner, the Wildcats' longest play from scrimmage this year, set up the quarterback's one-yard sneak that made it 34-20.

Gronkowski's long scoring play came next. Tuitama hit him over the middle, and the big tight end spun away from a would-be tackler, then rambled to the end zone, nearly losing his balance along the way.

The Cougars briefly went ahead 7-3 lead on Brink's 16-yard touchdown pass to Charles Dillon in the first quarter.

The Wildcats took the lead for good on their next possession, Tuitama floating a pass over Grigsby's shoulder on a 22-yard scoring play with 1:37 left in the third.

Arizona padded the lead after Devin Ross intercepted Brink's pass. Grigsby's 18-yard run set up Tuitama's 18-yard scoring pass to Gronkowski, and the Wildcats led 17-7 with 9:47 remaining in the half.

Arizona coach Mike Stoops was on the sidelines after spending several hours in a hospital Friday for treatment of kidney stones.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
ARIZ
1st Downs2728
Total Yards418567
Passing347346
Rushing71221
Penalties5-454-50
3rd Down Conversions7-168-12
4th Down Conversions1-41-1
Turnovers21
Possession28:0731:53

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brink35/563476.231
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama22/3134611.250

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tardy12665.5020
Brink561.206
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby301866.2018
Jennings7213.007

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gibson1112711.5119
Collins10898.9119
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gronkowski411528.8257
Turner28743.5065

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSUARIZ
FG09:47Jason Bondzio 22 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:13
03
TD06:00Charles Dillon 16 Yd Pass From Alex Brink (Romeen Abdollmohammadi Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 3:47
73
TD01:37Nicholas Grigsby 22 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 84 yds, 4:15
710
SECOND QUARTERWSUARIZ
TD09:47Rob Gronkowski 18 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 49 yds, 2:25
717
FG02:53Jason Bondzio 34 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 48 yds, 3:07
720
TD00:37Jed Collins 10 Yd Pass From Alex Brink (Pat Failed)
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 2:16
1320
THIRD QUARTERWSUARIZ
TD12:38Brandon Gibson 14 Yd Pass From Alex Brink (Romeen Abdollmohammadi Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:22
2020
TD10:49Mike Thomas 27 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 62 yds, 1:42
2027
TD02:10Willie Tuitama 1 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 66 yds, 1:44
2034
FOURTH QUARTERWSUARIZ
TD13:57Rob Gronkowski 57 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 61 yds, :48
2041
TD04:06Mike Thomas 20 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 62 yds, 5:33
2048