Monday, February 25, 2013
Top performances of 2012: Matt Scott
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.
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Who and against whom: Arizona quarterback Matt Scott came up on the losing end of an epic overtime shootout with Stanford -- arguably the most entertaining game in the Pac-12 last season. But even in defeat, he did something no other quarterback had done or would do in 2012 -- scorch the mighty Cardinal defense.
The numbers: Scott completed 45 of 69 passes for 491 yards and he tossed three touchdowns.
A closer look: We're dipping into the well on this game again having already recognized the winning quarterback -- Josh Nunes. This game was that epic. Right up until overtime, Scott was having one of the best individual games in the Pac-12 all season. Even his interception in overtime -- which gave the Cardinal the ball and eventually the 54-48 win -- wasn't a wayward throw, it was just tipped at the line (credit to Stanford's Chase Thomas for beating out a couple of teammates in a game of three flies up). But until then, Scott was on. He threw ropes to Austin Hill (11 catches, 165 yards, two touchdowns). His fade touchdown to Terrence Miller was as pretty a pass as you'll see in college football. He completed 65 percent of his throws and tossed three scores against a secondary that allowed just one receiving touchdown or less in 10 games. No quarterback threw more touchdowns in a game against Stanford and no quarterback tossed for more yards in a game against Stanford in 2012. His 491 yards were the second highest passing total in the Pac-12 last season second only to Matt Barkley's 493 against Arizona. Ironically enough, also a losing effort.