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Flowers national LB of the week

The Wildcats picked off their second ranked opponent of the season with Saturday's 39-36 victory over then-No. 10 USC.

Marquis Flowers was a defensive menace against the USC Trojans.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Four members of the Arizona football team were recognized by the College Football Performance Awards, it was announced Sunday. The Wildcats picked off their second ranked opponent of the season with Saturday's 39-36 victory over then-No. 10 USC.

Junior Marquis Flowers was named the National Linebacker of the Week. In a game dominated statistically by offensive players, Flowers turned in a sterling performance on the defensive side, accounting for three takeaways against USC. Flowers finished the game with a pair of interceptions, a forced fumble and seven total tackles. On the game’s opening possession, Flowers halted a 13-play drive for the Trojans when he intercepted Matt Barkley at the UA 26-yardline. Flowers returned it 14 yards, which set up a seven-play, 60-yard touchdown for the Wildcats to claim an early edge. The interceptions were the second and third of Flowers’ career. His three forced turnovers were a part of a five turnover-day for the defense, which registered its most takeaways in a game since Aug. 31, 2008, against Idaho.

Senior Matt Scott was named Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week. He accounted for four touchdowns and 469 yards of total offense to spearhead a furious second-half rally by the Wildcats. He completed 27-of-50 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns, and added a career-best 100 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Facing a 28-13 deficit midway through the third quarter, Scott’s 10-yard rushing touchdown ignited a 26-0 scoring run as the Wildcats scored on four-consecutive possessions in a stretch of 13 minutes and 20 seconds.

Sophomore Austin Hill was named Honorable Mention Receiver of the Week. He was paced the Arizona offense with 10 catches for a career-best 259 yards. Saturday’s game marked his fourth 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career. In 2012, Hill has a total of 54 catches for 937 yards and seven touchdowns. He averages 17.4 yards per haul and 117.1 yards per game. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 21st nationally in receptions per game (6.75) and No. 2 in the league and No. 5 nationally is yards per game (117.1).

Sophomore Ka’Deem Carey was named Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week. Against USC, he recorded 119 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground while catching two passes for eight yards. Saturday’s game marked Carey’s sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He totals 961 yards on 183 carries in 2012. He ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 and 12th nationally with 120.12 rushing yards per game.

Arizona hits the road on Sat., Nov. 3 for a matchup at UCLA. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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  • All of the news and shakeout of the USC win is positive....some of it is terrific.

    First and best, the injuries seem to be....non-major. Lots if twists, no snapping sounds.
    Scott will be ok, but will be watched this week.

    Flowers was all over the place, and this award is what he needed...he will play like a wild-man-cat for the rest of the season. National IS a big deal.
    Scott's Walter Camp is also a big deal. It puts him in line for great things at season-end.
    Alford's commit--- is a genuine stroke. Gary's likening of him as a "Black Mamba" is accurate although I hope he never picks up a stupid nickname. :) He is a burner and cuts on a dime with change of 8 cents.

    The recruit visits will pay off more as we go. This isn't over with yet. The timing of beating SC in front of a national audience in a very thrilling game at home with our great weather under the front of the new stadium addition while the crowd get the picture, I hope.

    Now of course, we have UCLA, and they won't be easy as in years past. Mora has them playing better, and we 'd better pay attention to business.


  • I will never forget Jack Lambert's induction into the hall of fame. I watched it on TV and he talked about being able to gamble on a play because he knew that every guy around him was so good that if he screwed up - they'd cover for him. It is the definition of teamwork for me.

    Flowers has to gamble. We're Arizona and if we don't gamble a little on defense we don't win. But Flowers gambles AND there are only a few other guys to rely on, which means he has to right.

    "Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh "We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi

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