Thursday, February 16, 2012
Top performances 2011: Juron Criner
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Up next: Criner's hat trick.
Who & against whom: Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner broke loose (and all of Arizona's offense for that matter) in a wild 48-12 win at home over UCLA.
The numbers: Criner caught 10 balls for 101 yards to go with three receiving touchdowns of 4, 7 and 25 yards.
A closer look: This Thursday night game will be most remembered for the brawl. Ugly. It might also be remembered as the straw that broke Rick Neuheisel's back. But what shouldn't go unmarked is the way Arizona rallied around interim coach Tim Kish and the offensive shellacking they put on the Bruins. Criner and quarterback Nick Foles were clicking from the start. They marched the opening kickoff 80 yards before Foles found a wide-open Criner for a 4-yard score. They connected again to start the second quarter -- capping another 80-yard drive. This 7-yard score might have been Criner's best catch of the year, reaching around UCLA's Aaron Hester (who had really good coverage) to haul in the lofting ball. Then he added a 25-yard strike near the end of the first half that gave Arizona a 35-7 lead.