Colorado started on its own 35 with a six-yard pass from Sefo Liufau to Paul Richardson. Christian Powell then picked up two on the ground and Scott Fernandez caught a six-yard pass. Richardson proceeded to grab an 11-yard pass and the drive then stalled with CU punting and Arizona taking over on its own 11.
Denker completed two consecutive passes to Samajie Grant for a total of nine yards before Carey picked up the first with a five-yard run. He then gained nine more on the ground before picking up the first down with three more.
David Richards caught a 14-yard pass and two plays later, Daniel Jenkins gained nine on the ground. Richards followed with a 24-yard completion and two plays later, Denker ran for six. After a four-yard run, Carey was able to score from a yard out a few plays later as the extra point put Arizona up 7-0 with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
It did not take long for Colorado to score, as Richardson was hit for a 75-yard touchdown pass with the extra point tying it at seven with 7:42 left in the first quarter.
Starting on its own 23, David Richards caught a 12-yard pass. Two plays later, Carey ran for 10 and followed it with two more yards. On third down, Denker ran for seven yards for the first and then completed a nine-yard pass to Nate Phillips followed by one for seven yards. Arizona's drive did not go any further, as it had to settle for a Jake Smith 37-yard field goal to go up 10-7.
Arizona forced a three and out and started on its own 25 with a 29-yard pass to Wharton. Denker ran for six yards on first down and on third, Wharton fumbled and Colorado took over on its own 45. Arizona was able to get CU to third and long, but Liufau found D.D. Goodson for 11 yards. Three plays later, the Buffs were in a similar position to end the first quarter with the score tied at seven.
On third down, Arizona forced an incomplete pass and Colorado went for a 53-yard field goal that tied the score at ten.
Arizona started on its own 25 with a nine-yard pass to Phillips. Denker then got 11 on the ground and Carey added seven of his own. Unfortunately Denker proceeded to throw two incomplete passes and Arizona punted on fourth down, giving CU the ball on its own 30.
The Buffs got a nine-yard reception from Richardson and on third down, got 12 on the ground from Adkins. Liufau gained nine on the ground and Powell picked up the first, but the Buffs could not get anything else going and Arizona took possession on its own 10.
After the Wildcats went three and out, CU started on its own 45-yard line. The Buffs gained 15 yards on a pass interference call and nine more on a Richardson catch, but failed to hit a 52-yard field goal with 8:12 left in the first half.
On the second play from scrimmage, Denker threw an interception that gave the Buffs the ball on the 50. After an incomplete pass, Powell ran for five yards and Nelson Spruce followed with an eight-yard catch.
Powell then gained five more on the ground, but Arizona forced fourth down. Colorado made the 48-yard field goal to put the Buffs up 13-10 with 5:12 left in the first half.
Three plays into scrimmage, Grant caught a 25-yard pass and Carey added seven on the ground. After an incomplete pass, Denker gained five on the ground and Carey had four before Denker hit Terrence Miller for 22 yards. On the next play, Carey scored from seven yards out and the extra point gave Arizona the 17-13 lead with 2:28 left in the first half.
The Wildcats forced a three and out and starting on its own 14 with a 30-yard run by Carey. On the next play, Denker connected with Phillips for a 44-yard touchdown pass with the extra point putting the Wildcats up 24-13 going into the half.
Arizona started the half with an 11-yard run by Denker and he followed with 54 more yards on the ground. The Wildcats could not get anything after that, but Jake Smith hit the 26-yard field goal to put Arizona up 27-13 early in the third.
Colorado took off from its own 25 with a five-yard run by Adkins and another for 12. Marquis Flowers then got called for a personal foul for bad language and Liufau gained 11 on the play after. Adkins proceeded to get eight yards on two consecutive carries and two plays later, Spruce caught an 11-yard pass.
After a three-yard run by Powell, Adkins ran it in from a yard out as the extra point cut the Arizona lead to 27-20 with 9:53 left in the third.
Denker started the drive with an 18-yard run and a few plays later, Arizona found itself in a fourth and short situation. Instead of running it, Denker completed a 43-yard pass to Miller. On the next play, Carey easily ran it in for the one-yard touchdown with the extra point giving the UA a 34-20 lead with 7:55 left in the third.
After a personal foul, CU started on its own 46. It looked as if Arizona had gotten an interception on third down, but Jonathan McKnight got called for a facemask. On the following third down, Goodson caught a 16-yard pass and Liufau found Spruce for nine more. The Wildcats forced third down, but Powell picked it up with two yards on the ground.
After two more yards from Powell and one from Adkins, CU found itself in a fourth down situation. The Buffs went for it and failed to convert, giving Arizona the ball on its own four.
On the first play from scrimmage, Denker gained 46 yards and then followed it with eight more. A holding call then basically ended the drive and Arizona was forced to punt. Colorado was not able to get anything going and found itself on fourth down at the end of the third.
Colorado faked a punt to start the quarter and failed, giving Arizona the ball on the CU 18. Carey ran for 12 yards on first down and then scored from six yards out as the extra point put Arizona up 41-20 early in the fourth.
Colorado got to Arizona's 43-yard with a 20-yard pass to Paul Richardson, but a few plays later Will Parks came up with the interception. On the second play from scrimmage, Jenkins gained 56 yards on the ground to the CU 17. The UA was forced to kick the 28-yard field goal, as Smith gave the Wildcats a 44-20 lead with a little over nine minutes left.