The Arizona Wildcats football team had one goal Saturday---stop No. 13.
For most of the week leading to the game U of A head coach Mike Stoops (pictured) stressed the importance of bottling up and containing Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, the Chippewa's dangerous and versatile threat.
When it was all said and done, the Wildcats, 1-0, shadowed and swallowed LeFevour and the Chippewas in a 19-6 victory Saturday at Arizona Stadium.
Two years ago, LeFevour, along with Florda's Tim Tebow, passed for 3,000 yards and threw for 1,000 yards. He also rushed for 20 touchdowns and passed for 20 scores. He was the central piece of Central Michigan's offense and the Wildcats' defense stepped up to the challenge. U of A shut him down and left him uncomfortable the entire night. Central Michigan's version of Tim Tebow was held to 108 yards passing and 18 yards rushing. The Wildcats held him without a passing touchdown and picked him off once.
"They didn't let me scramble a whole lot, which was a good plan on their part," LeFevour told The Arizona Star.
The Wildcat defense was unpredictable, while being predictably effective. U of A had good timing, blitzing and dropping multiple defenders in coverage in the right situations. The Wildcats' defense was Sudoku and LeFevour never solved the puzzle. The defense was aided by an offensive performance which was not explosive, but efficient. The Wildcats held on to the the ball for over 37 minutes and rushed for 246 yards. Nic Grisby led the Wildcats with 118 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Matt Scott was 19 of 30 for 202 yards. He also added 83 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats didn't let LeFevour out of their sights. They stayed on him like paper on glue, peanut butter on jelly and Jheri on a curl. They kept him close and he felt U of A's touch all night long.