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Arizona Wildcats football: A midseason statistical look

A look at the Arizona Wildcats football team halfway through the 2012 season.

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Last week, Kyle Kensing took a look at what we can take away from the Arizona Wildcats through the first half of the year by what our naked eyes saw, then applying it to expectation. Now, we'll take a look at how Rich Rodriguez's team stacks up nationally. Statistics may not tell the entire story, but here's a look at the best and worst by the numbers.

The Good

4 - Matt Scott is currently fourth in the NCAA in total passing yards with 2,099 while leading Arizona's 4th-most prolific offense that averages 551.6 yards per game. Only Oklahoma State, Baylor and Marshall average more.

14 - Receiver Austin Hill is 14th in the nation with 101.33 yards per game. Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton of Oregon State, along with Marqise Lee of USC are the only players in the Pac-12 ranked higher.

19 - Running back Ka'Deem Carey is No. 19 in all purpose yards per game with an 151 yard average. His 670 rushing yards and 220 receiving yards put him amongst the best running backs and wideouts in the country. The scary part? Only four players on the list above him are either freshmen or sophomores -- the group is mostly comprised of juniors and seniors.

35 - The Wildcats aren't too bad at converting third downs with a 45.65 percent rate.

The Bad

2.4 - That's the number of times Matt Scott is sacked per game, according to While that's 88th in the nation and not exactly as high as it's seemed, the fact that the Wildcats' 2011 number for sacked quarterbacks per game was 2.0 with a younger offensive line and a less mobile quarterback is telling. Injuries to the line haven't helped one bit in 2012.

107 - Arizona's national rank in sacks per game. Through six games in 2012, the Wildcats have only recorded six sacks. For reference, the Arizona State Sun Devils are second in the nation in sacks per outing at 4.33 -- that would account for 26 total.

112 - National rank for the Wildcats in red zone percentage. They've been in the red zone 40 times but have scored on only 27, or 67.5 percent of the time. Like a letter grade system, that makes for a D+.