Whether it was the concussion issue, struggling against Arizona State, or dominating other games, Matt Scott has had an up and down season.
On Saturday, that season game to a close with a win over Nevada in which he engineered the two perfect drives to help Arizona to a one-point win.
“It was unbelievable,” Marquis Flowers said. “Watching him in practice, you don't think nothing of it. But when it's actually game time, to see his composure and leadership out there, everybody on the sideline was hyped. It was big play after big play.”
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez may have been Scott’s most consistent supporter this season and that belief paid off on Saturday.
“Matt and all of our guys, especially our seniors, I said it earlier in our season, it might have been one of the early losses, that this guy's a stud,” Rodriguez said. “Not just on the field, but as he mentioned what he's been through, and how he's persevered and to come out as a fifth year senior, and I don't know how many different coaches he's had or how many systems he's had to learn. He bought in completely and executed tremendously.
“Those last two drives, you had to be almost flawless with the mountain of time we had left. You had to be almost flawless to execute it. Matt Scott was flawless. Certainly that is why we won the game.”
Scott had the option of transferring when Nick Foles was named the starter, but decided to stay at Arizona instead. That choice made his career path what it is not and Scott began to well up when asked to reflect on his career.
“It changes a lot,” Scott said. “I've been through a lot here at the University, and it's been a tough time for me. My career could have gone a couple of different ways, but I decided to stay and compete and try to get better. I didn't quit. There was a lot of perseverance, it was hard at times.”
Now those times have come to an end and Scott will be remembered as a quarterback that went out a winner, something that he maybe has not thought of yet.
“I don't think it's hit me yet,” he said. “It will probably hit me tomorrow morning or the next day. But I'll look back as a great part of my life, a great five years.
“You know, I wouldn't take it back for anything. I've been through some hard times, but it made me who I am today.”