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Arizona has mistakes in 37-27 loss to Oregon State

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Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 6:54 pm | Updated: 8:08 pm, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

(AP) — Mike Stoops ticked off the mistakes Arizona made against Oregon State.

"We came out with an early interception and proceeded to go three and out. Our kicking game was abysmal to say the least. The turnovers, the mishandling of the squib kick before the half definitely hurt us, among other errors," he said.

The Wildcats couldn't overcome their miscues on Saturday in a 37-27 loss to the Oregon State Beavers.

Nick Foles was intercepted twice and the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4 Pac-12) lost two fumbles in their fifth straight loss overall and eighth straight conference loss. Alex Zendejas missed a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter and an extra point in the second.

Despite falling behind 30-6, the Wildcats mounted a rally and narrowed it to 30-27. But Oregon State (1-4, 1-2) held on with a gutsy fourth-and-2 touchdown and a defensive stand on the other end in the fourth quarter.

Afterward, cornerback Shaquille Richardson was trying his best to convey that the Wildcats were fine.

"We're still positive. Still trying to dig out of a hole, still trying to win," he said. "No negativity."

The Wildcats were hurt early after starting wide receiver Juron Criner left with what appeared to be a right knee injury.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak dating to last season for the Beavers.

With only a narrow 30-27 lead and 5:22 left, Oregon State went for it on fourth-and-2 — succeeding when quarterback Sean Mannion hit diving tight end Joe Halahuni for the touchdown.

The Beavers made a crucial stand on the other end when the Wildcats also took a chance on fourth down with two yards to go, and Dan Buckner couldn't catch Foles' pass in the end zone.

Foles completed 31 of 45 passes for 378 yards and a touchdown to Buckner, who caught eight passes for 144 yards.

Mannion, a redshirt freshman who didn't become the Beavers' official starter until the third game of the season, completed 32 of 41 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

The Beavers went up on Jovan Stevenson's 1-yard touchdown run, then extended it in the second quarter when Clayton York blocked an Arizona punt and ran the ball back for a score.

Arizona answered with Foles' 28-yard TD pass to Buckner, but Zendejas' extra-point attempt was wide left to make it 14-6.

The Beavers pulled off a fake punt to keep alive a drive that ended with Trevor Romaine's 37-yard field goal. On Arizona's ensuing drive, Foles' arm was hit and he was intercepted by Michael Doctor and the Beavers capitalized with Mannion's 3-yard scoring pass to Halahuni.

The Wildcats had one more chance in the first half, but fumbled and gave the ball back to the Beavers, who got a 40-yard field goal from Romaine.

Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins fumbled on Arizona's first drive of the second half and Beavers safety Lance Mitchell recovered, before the Beavers went up 30-6 on Romaine's 20-yard field goal.

The Wildcats had a scary moment midway through the third quarter when Foles was hit hard and stayed prone on the field for several moments while trainers attended to him. After he made his way to the sidelines, Keola Antolin ran 13 yards for a score. Foles came back and completed the two-point conversion pass to David Douglas.

The rally continued when Mannion was intercepted by Shaquille Richardson, who ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown. This time the two-point try failed, but Arizona was back in it at 30-20.

Oregon State missed a chance to extend its lead when James Rodgers' catch in the end zone was called back by a penalty and Romaine's 42-yard field goal attempt at the end of the third quarter went wide left.

Arizona pulled to within 30-27 early in the fourth quarter on Ka'Deem Carey's 1-yard scoring run.

The Wildcats have struggled this season with a brutal schedule, with losses to top-10 teams Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon, as well as their 48-41 loss last weekend at USC.

The Beavers were off to their worst start since 1996. After a season-opening overtime loss to lower-division Sacramento State, Oregon State dropped games to Wisconsin, UCLA and Arizona State.

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