Arizona Downs Stephen F. Austin, 28-10
Sept. 17, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Chris Jennings, a walk-on junior college transfer, rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and Arizona pulled away to beat stubborn Stephen F. Austin 28-10 Saturday night.
Jennings, starting because Chris Henry was suspended for the game, became the first Arizona back to top 200 yards since Mike Bell - now a rookie with the Denver Broncos - gained 222 against Washington in 2003.
Jennings, a transfer from Arizona Western College in Yuma, carried 26 times, including touchdown runs of 2 yards in the first quarter and 10 yards in the fourth.
But the NCAA Division I-AA Lumberjacks (0-3) from Nacogdoches, Texas, were no pushovers, leading 10-7 in the second quarter and down only 14-10 after three.
Fifth-year senior Adam Austin got his first collegiate start at quarterback for Arizona (2-1) in place of Willie Tuitama, who sustained a concussion in last weekend's 45-3 loss at LSU. But Tuitama came off the bench to direct two fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
The first drive went 58 yards. On third-and-17, he threw 20 yards to Syndric Steptoe for a first down. Jennings capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring run to put the Wildcats up 21-10 with 10:35 to play.
Tuitama threw 3 yards to Anthony Johnson on fourth-and-goal for Arizona's final touchdown with 1:48 to play.
Henry was suspended for the game for 'internal team matters,' the Arizona sports information staff said. His backup Jennings responded with the 12th 200-yard rushing game in school history.
On Arizona's first possession, Austin completed his first five passes and the Wildcats went 79 yards in 12 plays. Jennings ran two yards for the score.
But things turned sour for Arizona. The Wildcats' Nick Folk missed a 33-yard field goal try, and Stephen Austin put together an 80-yard, 12-play drive to tie it at 7-7. Quarterback Danny Southall's 21-yard scramble set up Louie Runnel's 2-yard scoring run.
Arizona couldn't move the ball, and Kyle McQuown's punt went off the side of his foot for just 14 yards to the Wildcats' 28. Cory Long kicked a 37-yard field goal and the Lumberjacks led 10-7 with 6:02 left in the half.
After the subsequent kickoff, Jennings ran 41 yards to the Stephen Austin 16. Five players later, Austin sneaked in from inside the one to put Arizona back on top 14-10 with 2:01 remaining until halftime
Late in the third quarter, Timothy Knicky deflected Austin's pass and Damian Perkins intercepted at the Arizona 12. Long kicked a 27-yard field goal that would have cut the lead to 14-13, but Karl Glimp was called for holding, and Long missed one from 37 yards.