Arizona upsets Oklahoma State 59-38 and improves to 2-0
Reporter: Jason Barr; Sports Director
TUCSON, (AP) Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez told his players all week that to make the program relevant again, they would have to beat ranked teams.
Frustrating the 18th-ranked team in the country while running all over them should be a good start.
Composed after falling into an early hole and a rash of personal foul penalties by their opponent, Arizona picked up a signature win by rolling over No. 18 Oklahoma State 59-38 on Saturday night.
Ka'Deem Carey scored four touchdowns, Matt Scott threw for 320 yards and two scores, and the Wildcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for the kind of win that's sure to turn more attention toward the desert.
"Nowadays, it seems everybody knows the scores, but it seems like they put that Top 25 on that ticker and it goes on and on and on all week," Rodriguez said. "So we're going to be on that ticker all week and I told the guys you want to be on the right side of that ticker."
Arizona (2-0) fell into a quick 14-0 hole before scoring the next 30 points as Oklahoma State (1-1) unraveled under a shower of yellow flags. The Cowboys had 15 penalties for a school-record 167 yards before settling down enough to rally within two points late in the third quarter.
The Wildcats wouldn't let them any closer, scoring 29 points after the 3-minute mark of the third quarter to run away from the Cowboys.
Carey ran for 147 yards in his debut as the featured back last week and followed it up by scoring on two 1-yard runs, another from 25 yards and on a 13-yard screen pass. He finished with 126 yards on 26 carries.
Scott also had a nice follow-up to his dazzling opener, finishing 28 of 41 and running for 55 yards with another score.
"I feel like this makes us relevant," said Scott, who had 461 total yards last week after two years of waiting behind Nick Foles. "We beat a good team, we beat a ranked team."
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