Wildcats hope to keep rolling against Bulldogs

Associated Press Modified: September 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona raised itself back into the national consciousness by scoring its most points ever against a ranked team.

Now that they've gotten everyone's attention, the Wildcats don't want to lose it.

Facing its final game before a difficult Pac-12 schedule, No. 24 Arizona will play South Carolina State at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.

Coming off a 59-38 win over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and ranked for the first time in nearly two years, the Wildcats want to make sure they don't slip against the Football Championship Subdivision Bulldogs.

"I've said it before: We're not going to concede anything," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We're going to go out there, play as hard as we can and if we get a few breaks and they help us out a little bit, we can win."

Arizona (2-0) has looked good so far in its first two games under Rodriguez.

Taking up-tempo to a furious new level, the Wildcats raced up and down the field against Toledo and Oklahoma State, combining for a school-record 182 plays in each game. Arizona is second nationally with 65 first downs and ninth in total offense at 562.5 yards per game, while fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Scott is tied with Syracuse's Ryan Nassib for the country's top spot with 836 yards of total offense.

The Wildcats need to keep it going against South Carolina State with a tough road through the Pac-12 coming up.

After the Bulldogs, Arizona will play Oregon on the road and has games against Southern California, Stanford, UCLA and rival Arizona State after that. To stay in the spotlight, the Wildcats can't afford to let up now.

"Coach Rodriguez preached to us last week that we want to be relevant again and now that we are I think we want to stay there and not be cast under a shadow again," Wildcats offensive lineman Chris Putton said.

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