Scores

Final

Idaho 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arizona 70

(1-0, 1-0 home)

10:07 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 0 0 0 00
ARIZ 14 35 7 1470

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 179 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 19 CAR, 169 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Dean (ARIZ) - 5 REC, 77 YDS

Tuitama, Grigsby help Arizona to highest scoring game since 1921

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Willie Tuitama and Nic Grigsby combined for 348 yards in one half to lead Arizona's 70-0 rout of Idaho Saturday night in a rainy opener delayed an hour by lightning.

It was the highest-scoring game for the Wildcats since a record 74-0 victory in 1921 over the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, the school that eventually became UTEP.

Tuitama completed 17-of-21 passes for 179 and three touchdowns to break the school record for career TD passes with 47, one more than Tom Tunnicliffe from 1980-83.

Grigsby carried 19 times for 169 yards, including two short touchdown runs as the Wildcats set a school record with 49 first-half points. That surpassed the mark of 42 set in 1976 against UTEP and matched against Pacific in 1980.

Arizona had a 521-112 advantage in yards in its first shutout since 1996.

The Wildcats, looking for their first winning season under coach Mike Stoops in his fifth year, rolled for 359 yards in a first half played in a steady rain.

The final first-half TD came on a 3-yard pass from Tuitama to Terrell Turner with nine seconds to play, the last of the 35 second-quarter points for Arizona.

The players were in kickoff formation when the decision was made to clear the field and advise the fans to leave the stadium as lightning flashed in the approaching storm. Most in the student section stayed.

The game began at 8:09 p.m. MDT, one hour and two minutes late.

Arizona went 80 yards in 11 plays on the first possession. Tuitama was 4-for-6 for 65 yards, and Grigsby scored on a 1-yard run.

Grigsby's 41-yard run set up the Wildcats' second score on a 5-yard pass from Tuitama to Mike Thomas that made it 14-0 with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

Thomas dropped an Idaho punt, but teammate Marquis Hundley picked up the ball and ran 87 yards for a touchdown that made it 21-0 with 13:17 left in the half.

Freshman Matt Scott replaced Tuitama in the second half. He ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 3:23 left in the third quarter and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Nick Booth with 10:52 to play.

The Vandals, 1-11 a year ago in their first season under Robb Akey, managed only one long-shot scoring try, a 54-yard field goal attempt by Tino Amancio that was wide right.

Idaho's Nathan Enderle was 10-for-25 for 48 yards with three interceptions. Deonte Jackson gained 25 in 10 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IDHO
ARIZ
1st Downs727
Total Yards112521
Passing48256
Rushing64265
Penalties4-406-60
3rd Down Conversions1-129-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-2
Turnovers50
Possession23:5536:05

Passing Leaders

IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enderle10/25481.903
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama17/211798.530

Rushing Leaders

IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson10252.5011
Bailey2126.0012
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby191698.9255
Scott8486.0116

Receiving Leaders

IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams3186.0011
Greenwood2105.006
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dean57715.4022
Wright34214.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDHOARIZ
TD10:35Nicholas Grigsby 1 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 07
TD01:15Mike Thomas 5 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERIDHOARIZ
TD13:17Marquis Hundley 87 Yd Punt Return (Jason Bondzio Kick) 021
TD09:24Chris Gronkowski 12 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 028
TD04:44Nicholas Grigsby 2 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 035
TD01:33Keola Antolin 3 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 042
TD00:09Terrell Turner 3 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Alex Zendejas Kick) 049
THIRD QUARTERIDHOARIZ
TD03:23Matt Scott 5 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 056
FOURTH QUARTERIDHOARIZ
TD10:52Nick Booth 7 Yd Pass From Matt Scott (Alex Zendejas Kick) 063
TD07:27Xavier Smith 1 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 070