Arizona defeats Northern Arizona 34-17Sep 15, 2009 - 9:38 PM By ANDREW BAGNATO AP College Football Writer
TUCSON, Ariz.(AP) -- Nic Grigsby ran for a career-high 207 yards and ripped off the second-longest run in school history, and Arizona tuned up for its trip to Iowa with a 34-17 victory over lower-division Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
Grigsby raced 94 yards to the Lumberjacks' 1-yard line early in the third quarter. That was two yards shy of a school-record 96-yard run by Trung Canidate in 1997.
Grigsby opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game and went 30 yards for another score six minutes later.
The Wildcats (2-0) have won four straight games for the first time since 2000.
Arizona's first two wins this year have come against Central Michigan and NAU (0-1). Next week, the Wildcats invade Big Ten country for a game against Iowa, coach Mike Stoops' alma mater.
Northern Arizona made the Wildcats work.
Down 14-3 early in the second quarter, the Lumberjacks marched 79 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Michael Herrick to Ed Berry to cut the deficit to 14-10.
That's how it stood until Arizona's Matt Scott hit Terrell Turner for a 2-yard score with 30 seconds to go in the half. Making his second college start, Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, and he threw his second interception in as many games.
Cornerback Trevin Wade had two interceptions for the Wildcats, who are 10-1 against Northern Arizona.
The first came near Arizona's goal line with the Wildcats leading 21-10 early in the third quarter. On the next play, Grigsby went 94 yards to the NAU 1-yard line, setting up a touchdown plunge by Keola Antolin.
Wade picked off another pass later in the third quarter.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles, a sophomore transfer from Michigan State, made his first appearance with Arizona leading 27-10 midway through the third quarter.
Foles completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also lost a fumble.
Scott returned in the fourth quarter and threw an interception to Matt Steinbach, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Herrick to Berry.
Herrick completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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NORTHERNAZ 3 7 0 7 17
ARIZONA 14 7 6 7 34 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: ARIZONA - TD, NIC GRIGSBY 25 YD RUN (ALEX
ZENDEJAS KICK), 3:41. ARIZONA
NORTHRN AR - FG, MATT MYERS 43 YD, 5:50.
ARIZONA - TD, NIC GRIGSBY 30 YD RUN (ALEX
Sep 12 11:59 PM
ARIZONA 34 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 12 11:59 PM
ARIZONA 34 8:07 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Northern Arizona 17, Arizona 34 4th - 8:07Sep 12 11:43 PM
ARIZONA 34 14:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Northern Arizona 10, Arizona 34 4th - 14:10Sep 12 11:23 PM
ARIZONA 27 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 12 11:20 PM
ARIZONA 27 10:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Northern Arizona 10, Arizona 27 3rd - 10:07Sep 12 10:58 PM
ARIZONA 21 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 12 10:25 PM
ARIZONA 21 0:30 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Northern Arizona 10, Arizona 21 2nd - 0:30Sep 12 10:21 PM
ARIZONA 14 14:16 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Northern Arizona 10, Arizona 14 2nd - 14:16Sep 12 9:45 PM
ARIZONA 14 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 12 9:43 PM
ARIZONA 14 5:39 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Northern Arizona 3, Arizona 14 1st - 5:39Sep 12 9:29 PM
ARIZONA 7 9:10 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Northern Arizona 3, Arizona 7 1st - 9:10Sep 12 9:22 PM
ARIZONA 7 11:19 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Northern Arizona 0, Arizona 7 1st - 11:19Sep 12 9:15 PM
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