Scores

Final

Toledo 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arizona 41

(2-0, 2-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 0 6 3 716
ARIZ 10 14 3 1441

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 292 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 20 CAR, 135 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Thomas (ARIZ) - 9 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Grigsby's three TDs lead Arizona past Toledo

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nic Grigsby rushed for three first-half touchdowns and the Arizona Wildcats went on to beat Toledo 41-16 on Saturday night.

Grigsby carried 20 times for 135 yards despite sitting out the third quarter.

The shifty sophomore from Whittier, Calif., optimistically listed at 5-foot-10, had touchdown runs of 7, 27 and 14 yards to help the Wildcats take a 24-6 halftime lead.

He became the first Arizona back with three rushing scores in a game since Mike Bell did it against Washington in 2003.

Willie Tuitama completed 25 of 33 for 292 yards and two second-half touchdowns. Mike Thomas caught nine for 138 yards and one score.

Toledo's Aaron Opelt completed 21 of 31 for 170 yards in the Rockets' season opener. Stephen Williams caught 12 for 67 yards, including Toledo's only touchdown.

Coming off a 70-0 rout of Idaho, the Wildcats have more than 100 points in their opening two games for the first time since 1954.

After punting on its first possession, Arizona scored on its remaining four possessions of the opening half.

Grigsby's 19-yard run started the Wildcats' first TD drive, and he ended it by going 7-yard for the score to make it 10-0 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Rockets, playing a Pac-10 team for the first time since 1991, didn't get a first down in the opening quarter but they moved the ball in the second, even though they couldn't get it in the end zone.

Alex Steigerwarld kicked field goals of 20 and 35 in the first half and 21 in the second.

Trailing 27-6, Toledo drove to the Arizona 1 in the third quarter but was pushed back a yard on each of the next three plays. Steigerwald's 21-yard field goal made it 27-9 with 3:17 left in the third quarter.

Tuitama's 9-yard touchdown pass to Delashaun Dean on the first play of the fourth quarter put the Wildcats up 34-9.

Toledo's touchdown came after Arizona's first turnover of the season. Terrell Turner caught a short pass and was hit by Beau Brudzinski. The ball popped loose and Damien McIntosh grabbed it in mid-air, returning it 9 yards to the Arizona 3.

Opelt threw to Williams on the sidelines for the score. Initially, it was ruled incomplete but was called a touchdown after a review, cutting the lead to 34-16. Arizona finished it off on a 12-yard TD pass from Tuitama to Thomas.

Steigerwald's three field goals make him 20-for-20 over the past two seasons, 23 of 24 in his career.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOL
ARIZ
1st Downs1228
Total Yards244452
Passing170299
Rushing74153
Penalties7-465-36
3rd Down Conversions6-154-8
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers01
Possession27:0332:57

Passing Leaders

ToledoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Opelt21/311705.510
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama25/332928.820

Rushing Leaders

ToledoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Collins10545.4021
Williams6132.209
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby201356.8327
Antolin9222.406

Receiving Leaders

ToledoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams12675.6113
Williams34013.3037
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas913815.3127
Criner44511.3018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOLARIZ
FG04:45Jason Bondzio 20 Yd 03
TD00:30Nicholas Grigsby 7 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERTOLARIZ
FG09:20Alex Steigerwald 20 Yd 310
TD07:57Nicholas Grigsby 27 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 317
FG05:28Alex Steigerwald 35 Yd 617
TD01:15Nicholas Grigsby 11 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 624
THIRD QUARTERTOLARIZ
FG09:22Jason Bondzio 26 Yd 627
FG03:17Alex Steigerwald 21 Yd 927
FOURTH QUARTERTOLARIZ
TD14:55Delashaun Dean 7 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 934
TD12:52Stephen Williams 3 Yd Pass From Aaron Opelt (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 1634
TD03:27Mike Thomas 12 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 1641