The MVP of Arizona’s 31-24 upset of No. 2 Oregon was defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, limiting Marcus Mariota to 276 passing yards and an un-Mariota like one rushing yard – with five sacks factored in – 144 team rushing yards on 3.5 yards per carry and two turnovers, including the game-winning sack-strip by the impeccably named Scooby Wright III.

The second MVP award goes to the ‘Cats offensive line, paving the way for Terris Jones-Grigsby to rush 27 times for 115 yards and a touchdown (while also catching four passes for 95 yards) and Nick Wilson’s 92 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. The men up front opened up a hole big enough to drive a fleet of 18-wheelers through on a 3rd and 20, allowing Jones-Grigsby to rush for 24 yards, turning a potential 50-yard field goal into the game-winning touchdown drive.

The third MVP award, it must be said, goes to the Pac-12 refs. Bad calls went against both sides, but none worse than this unsportsmanlike conduct call, turning a 34-yard field goal try into 1st and goal at the eight on the Wildcats’ winning drive.

Finally, the fourth MVP goes to Arizona’s social media team, ready with these images to blast across Twitter before Rece Davis could even throw it to SportsCenter. Arizona1 Arizona 2

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When Arizona wins – or when Arizona State loses – the Wildcats are going to let you know about it.

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.