Two Keola Antolin second-quarter scoring scampers, including a season-long 78-yard run, and a late Nic Grigsby touchdown have given Arizona a huge lead at the midway point in its homecoming game in the desert.
Three Wildcats' drives in the quarter all turned into touchdowns. The last one came on Grigsby's 4-yard gallop at the 1:54 mark. The PAT kick was blocked by the Huskies.
Antolin's second one was the long touchdown run in which he broke right through the Huskies' middle. All he had was one man to beat - safety Justin Glenn - and put just enough of a juke on the UW defender to break left and go the distance at the 7:37 mark for a 24-14 Wildcats' edge.
Eighteen seconds earlier, UW's Chris Polk got the Huskies a little closer on a 7-yard touchdown up the gut, but quarterback Jake Locker was equally adept by completing all five passes in a must-convert drive.
In fact, the two connected on perhaps the most crucial sequence. On third-and-6 early in the drive, Polk caught a pass in the left flat. Arizona appeared to have it snuffed out, but the sophomore made one superb cut inside to gain 10 yards, and the first down.
Polk's scoring run came at the 7:55 mark of the quarter to cut it to 17-14.
After a UW drive stalled at the Wildcats' 42, and punter Kiel Rasp pinned Arizona at its own 8-yard line late in the opening quarter, Matt Scott and company found that no field it too long to go to score.
The Wildcats traveled 92 yards - 96 if you count Mason Foster's sack of Scott on the final play of the first quarter - and did it with relative ease.
They were aided by a 15-yard pass interference penalty on Quinton Richardson (it was a blatant, don't-look-back-for-the-ball infraction), and seven of Arizon's next nine plays were run.
The highlight was Scott's 32-yard scamper.
Antolin punched it in from 1 yard out for a touchdown to boost the Wildcats' lead to 17-7 with 10:48 remaining in the first half.
Arizona had 356 total yards in the half.