September 11, 2007

Special teams show up big again

If the offense was the sizzle to Arizona's victory Saturday night, then special teams was certainly the steak.

Lost amid the well-deserved hoopla about the Wildcats' offensive fireworks in a 45-24 win over Northern Arizona was a sterling performance in the kicking game.

Antoine Cason's 70-yard punt return for a touchdown turned the momentum in favor of the Cats way back when it was only a 7-0 second-quarter lead.

NAU did an admirable job of kicking away from Cason all night. On this occasion, Cason ranged far to the left sideline to field the kick, made a few people miss, then raced across the field and out-ran everyone down the right sideline to the end zone.

In fact, the Lumberjacks were so field-position challenged early in the game that they attempted two quick kicks on third down.

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