Final: Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14
September, 8, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Not much good happened for the Arizona Wildcats at Oklahoma State.
It's possible that the Oklahoma State Cowboys are very good -- they dominated on both sides of the ball -- but the Wildcats seemed to take a step back, even compared to the poor performance in the Alamo Bowl, which they lost 36-10.
The end result of a 37-14 defeat is Arizona lost its sixth in a row with a schedule that doesn't let up ahead.
The Wildcats, with a rebuilt offensive line, produced no running game against the Cowboys. And the defense, which yielded 594 yards, was completely at the mercy of quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Sure, it might have helped if wide receiver Juron Criner were healthy. But that wouldn't have helped the defense.
Good news? Well, Texas transfer Dan Buckner caught 10 passes for 142 yards. He showed that he can be a weapon. Same with freshman Austin Hill, who caught 8 passes for 128 yards.
But what became clear is preseason concerns were true: The Wildcats are going to have to score a lot of points to make up for a limited defense. And they are going to have to pass, pass, pass to make that happen.