Wildcats Take To The Air In Rout Of NAU
Aug. 31, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Jason Johnson passed for a career-high 381 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona beat Northern Arizona 37-3 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Bobby Wade caught eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats. Clarence Farmer, the Pac-10's leading rusher in 2001, was held to 29 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Johnson completed 20 of 36 passes, including 16 of 30 for 316 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. His previous career high was 315 yards.
Brian Bingham gained 73 yards on seven carries for Northern Arizona before leaving in the third quarter with a sprained left knee.
Arizona outgained Northern Arizona 510-202, including a 368-135 edge in the first half, in their first meeting since 1945.
Clint Womack completed 11 of 25 passes for 87 yards and an interception for the Lumberjacks, who lost in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs a year ago.
Womack was sacked four times by the Wildcats defense.
Michael Jolivette helped set up Arizona's first touchdown by partially blocking Mark Gould's punt. The ball went just 17 yards and ended up at the Lumberjacks' 40 with 5:02 left in the first half. Four plays later, Farmer scored from the 2.
In the second quarter, Sean Keel connected on his second field goal of the half, a 24-yarder with 10:04 remaining.
Bingham's 60-yard run to the Arizona 11 set up Paul Ernster's 22-yard field goal to get the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard.
Johnson hit Wade on a 52-yard scoring play with 5:27 left in the first half and a wide-open James Hugo for a 20-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-inches play with 1:18 left to give Arizona a 27-3 halftime lead.
Johnson connected with Wade on a 24-yard score with 5:59 left in the third quarter, at which point Arizona pulled most of its regulars.
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