Arizona won its third straight game of the season on Saturday night. Read on to find out how well B.J. Denker performed, who ran the ball well, and more.
completed its non-conference schedule with a 38-13 win over UTSA
on Saturday night. Here's a look at how the Wildcats did it:
B.J. Denker had a breakout night as the Wildcats' starting quarterback. Prior to the game against UTSA, Denker had a high of 87 yards against NAU this season. He surpassed that mark early on Saturday and showed his stuff, passing for 158 yards on 14 of 21 attempts.
"He's getting more confidence," Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I would have liked his execution to have been there at the been there at the beginning of August, but it has gotten better in the last few weeks during practice and the games.
"It'll get more challenging as the season goes on though. This was the sharpest he has been all year. He can make all the plays and he runs fast when he is getting chased."
True Freshman Samajie Grant got in on the fun early on Saturday night. On the opening drive, he caught four passes for 46 yards and his first career touchdown. Grant would later add one more catch and finished with 48 receiving yards on five grabs.
Ka'Deem Carey struggled to find his holes in the first half against the 4-2-5 defense thrown out by the Roadrunners. The All-American running back fought harder in second half and finished the night with 128 yards on 27 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
Carey also got into the receiving game a few times. He caught the ball twice out of the backfield for 33 yards.
"All of our guys run hard, but I think Ka'Deem may be the hungriest runner in the country," Rodriguez said. "He has a gift for fighting until you take him to the ground."
Jourdon Grandon got the defense started for the big night with an early interception. The junior intercepted Eric Soza's pass at midfield and returned it fourteen yards before being brought down.
Arizona was able to capitalize on the drive, scoring a touchdown just a few plays later.
Grandon finished the game with eight total tackles, including a tackle for loss. He had the interception and also forced a fumble.
Garic Wharton was Arizona's second leading receiver when it was all said and done. The junior finished the game with three catches for 57 yards. His longest catch was a 24-yarder that he grabbed just inches from the ground in the third quarter.
Tra'Mayne Bondurant did not have an interception in the game, ending his streak of consecutive games with a pick at two. The junior spur did finish the game tied for the team-high in tackles with eight. Shaq Richardson also had eight tackles in the game.
"We are playing hard," Richardson said. "We aren't giving up on ay plays. We are working hard every play that comes out way."
Jake Fischer had his second takeaway in as many games. He scooped up a fumble midway through the third quarter and seemed to have a clear lane to the end zone before tripping up and falling down with just a six-yard return.
With the win against UTSA, Arizona extended its winning streak to four games. The last time the Wildcats won four games in a row was when Arizona opened the season 3-0 last season, beating Toledo, Oklahoma State and South Carolina State.
That winning streak stalled at five games, but dated back to the season before Rich Rodriguez arrived at Arizona, when they finished with wins against ASU and Louisiana Lafayette.
"I mean, we can only play who is in front of us," Carey said. "Obviously, we were expected to win these games, but we still had to come and play. Now, we are ready to get in to Pac-12 play. We're excited and this bye week is going to help us prepare even more."