Toledo comes up short in 24-17 OT loss at Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Toledo coach Matt Campbell flipped a coin to determine his starting quarterback on Saturday. Unfortunately for him and the Rockets, who took snaps for Arizona did not come down to chance.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, scrambling to his right, barely inbounds and with a defender grabbing his jersey, tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Miller in overtime to give the Wildcats a 24-17 victory on Saturday night.
"When you play your heart out and it comes down to overtime, you want to be able to work hard enough to come out with a win," Toledo safety Jermaine Robinson said.
Said Scott: "At the last second I saw Terrence out of the corner of my eye, and kind of slung the ball to him."
Arizona pulled out Rich Rodriguez's coaching debut after its kicker, John Bonano, missed a 25-yard field goal as regulation ended.
"We could have hung our heads after that," Rodriguez said. "Everybody's disappointed. But I told our guys they can hang their heads for a second, then bring them back up. And they did that. Matt made a huge play in overtime with that throw."
Bonano missed a 24-yarder earlier in the game.
Scott threw for a career-high 387 yards and rushed for 74 yards. Ka'Deem Carey had 147 yards on 20 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run.
Arizona amassed 624 yards, second-most in school history, to Toledo's 358 but had two touchdowns called back by penalties, turned the ball over three times and missed the two short field goals.
Terrance Owens threw a 59-yard TD pass to Alonzo Russell for the Rockets, who have never beaten a Pac-12 team.
With both teams disdaining the huddle, the game was played at a frenetic pace. In all, the teams combined for 182 plays, 94 by Toledo and 88 by Arizona.
But Scott said the Wildcats can play much faster.
"I don't think it was as fast as we expected it to be," he said.
Campbell, at 32 the youngest head coach in the FBS subdivision, flipped a coin to decide which of his experienced quarterbacks would start. Austin Dantin won the toss, but Owens replaced him after two series.
Owens didn't return after he was hit hard and fumbled the ball away in the third quarter. Owens was 11 of 22 for 134 yards, Dantin 10 of 25 for 63 yards.
Scott, who sat out last season as a redshirt junior while Nick Foles completed his college eligibility, kept Arizona's offense on the move all night. He completed 30 of 46 passes, including two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Dan Buckner caught 10 for 116 yards and Austin Hill seven for 139 yards, including a spectacular, diving, fingertip grab of Scott's 30-yard pass for Arizona's first touchdown.
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