Oklahoma States’ aerial attack dominates Arizona

September 9, 2011

WR Justin Blackmon tore the Wildcats' secondary to shreads

It’s getting a little warm in Tucson, Arizona, and I’m not talking about the weather.  Coach Mike Stoops got steamrolled last night at the hands of #9 Oklahoma State and Heisman hopeful Justin Blackmon, 37-14.

Arizona’s offensive line, which boasts five new starters was able to protect QB Nick Foles (37/51, 398 yards, 1 TD) but failed to open holes for RB Keola Antolin (13 carries for 22 yards and 1 TD) which made the offense very one dimensional.  On the defensive side of the ball, under the tutelage of almost 28 year-old QB Brandon Weeden (42/53. 397 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) Oklahoma State picked on Arizona’s young and inexperienced secondary amassing almost 600 yards in total offense.

In the last five years, Arizona hasn’t won more than eight games in any one season.  The team is 1-6 in its last seven games and hasn’t won a game of relevance since Halloween weekend 2010 when the team slipped past UCLA 29-21.

Stoops and company is 1-1 and is headed straight for murders row with Stanford, Oregon, and USC on tap.  If Stoops can’t take two of three, or even one of three, athletic director Greg Bryne will have some questions to answer.

Stoops finished the 2010 season with a blowout loss to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl, 36-10, finishing the season 7-6 (4-5 in pac-10 play).  If Arizona continues on this trajectory, it will be another long season for Wildcats nation.

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