Observations: UA vs. UTSA

Arizona defeated UTSA on Saturday. Read on for numerous observations about what we learned from the Wildcats and more.

The Wildcats wrapped up non-conference play with a bang on Saturday night with a convincing 38-13 win over UTSA.

Outside of a shaky opening defensive possession, Arizona dominated the Roadrunners on both sides of the ball for a full 60 minutes.

Here were the main takeaway points from the game, as well as a few thoughts moving forward.

  • B.J. Denker played his best game of the season. He did a much better job staying in the pocket instead of scrambling the second the ball was snapped, completing 14-of-21 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

    Denker also picked up 90 rushing yards and two more scores with his legs, toasting UTSA's unconventional 4-2-5 scheme multiple times.

    Denker, who is yet to throw an interception through three games, seems to be gaining confidence by the minute right now.

    Will he be able to keep it once the competition ups to likes of Washington, UCLA and Oregon?

    We'll find out soon. Fortunately for him and the coaching staff, there's a bye week to continue work out any kinks that remain offensively.

  • Rich Rodriguez called Ka'Deem Carey the hungriest runner in the country, and it's hard to disagree with him.

    Carey just bullied UTSA defenders all night long, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns. It almost seems impossible, but it's possible Carey is even better as a junior than he was a sophomore.

  • While there is still a bunch of uncertainty at wide receiver, true freshman Samajie Grant is playing as well as anyone.

    Grant had a breakout game of sorts, hauling in a team-best five passes for 48 yards and a score.

    Coach Rodriguez said after the game that he felt Grant was on his way to have a big career with the Wildcats and it makes sense after playing so well on Saturday.

  • The Roadrunners have some play makers on offense, and it was pretty apparent once again that Arizona is much better suited to run the 3-3-5 defense this season compared to last.

    The Wildcats forced two more turnovers and held UTSA to just 3.5 yards per-carry.

  • Special teams play was solid yet again. Jake Smith was a perfect 5-for-5 on his extra-point attempts and hit his lone field goal attempt of the night.

    Drew Riggleman averaged 46 yards on his four punts and pinned the Roadrunners inside the 20 three times.

  • Through three games, it feels like most everything has gone as well as possible for the Wildcats.

    Considering the competition, anything less would've been a disappointment. We should be in for another fun run in what looks to be a loaded Pac-12.


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