Observations: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona defeated Colorado on Saturday. Read on to see what the win taught us and more.

Arizona came into Saturday night knowing it was going to get Colorado's best shot. It was homecoming in Boulder, and the Buffaloes had to feel like this was a game they had a chance to turn their season around with.

After a sloppy start, the Wildcats completely dominated the final 35 minutes of the game. Now at 5-2 overall and 2-2 against conference foes, UA is squarely in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title.

Here are some of the key takeaway points from Arizona's 44-20 victory.

  • The tempo on UA's first drive of the game was fantastic. Pinned deep in their territory to start, Colorado looked exhausted by the time the Cats reached the red zone.

    Rich Rodriguez has said they want to go fast (faster?) than Oregon on offense, and that first possession did exactly that.

  • For the third game in a row, B.J. Denker played really well. It's impressive how quickly he has turned his season around. Just a month ago, folks were calling for Javelle Allen after every incompletion. While Denker still made a few mistakes against a pretty bad CU defense, he is miles ahead of where he was this time last month.

  • As for Denker's running mate, Ka'Deem Carey, there really isn't anything to say that hasn't been said already.

    Carey is now 550 yards away from Arizona's all-time rushing record and he could break it at home within the next three weeks. As long as he's on the field, UA will have a chance to win.

  • The defense did a terrific job picking up the slack, despite having three starters out during the second half.

    Will Parks had a huge night in place of Jared Tevis and his interception midway through the fourth quarter just about put the nail in Colorado's coffin. Anthony Lopez was also solid while filling in for Tra'Mayne Bondurant.

    Arizona would've been in serious trouble if they lost a couple of defensive starters last year. On Saturday night, the next man stepped up with little trouble. That's the mark of a much-improved defense, even if the offense it was facing wasn't great.

  • One final note: how absurd was it that Marquis Flowers was assessed a penalty for using foul language? It seems impossible at times, but the Pac-12 refs really do outdo themselves each and every week.

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