Arizona rolls in season opener

Arizona defeated UNLV Friday night at Arizona Stadium. Read on for a complete recap of how the Wildcats got it done.

Arizona put together one of the best offensive performances in conference history as it defeated UNLV 58-13 Friday night at Arizona Stadium.

UNLV started on its own 25 with a four-yard run by Marcus Sullivan. Two plays later, Blake Decker found Devante Davis for a six-yard pass and followed it with a 13-yard pass to Devonte Boyd.

Sullivan proceeded to gain ten on the ground and after an incomplete pass, Cody Ippolito came up with a tackle for a loss of seven. A tipped pass by Jordan Allen then forced a punt and the Wildcats took over on their own 10.

Terris Jones ran for five yards and Anu Solomon completed the first pass of his career, finding Austin Hill for 15 yards. Jones then added 15 more on the ground, but a false start penalty on second down stalled the drive and forced a punt with UNLV taking possession on its own 20.

Whitely started the drive with a one-yard run and Davis then caught a ten-yard pass. After a six-yard run by Decker, Whitely added four more and Davis caught a pass for 16 yards. Whitely then ran for five and after an incomplete pass, picked up four more. On fourth and one, Arizona made the stop and took over on its own 33.

The drive started with a six-yard pass to Cayleb Jones. Two plays later, Jones-Grigsby caught a 12-yard pass and then gained 25 on the ground. The drive proceeded to stall and a 38-yard field goal by Casey Skowron was wide to keep the game tied at 0 with 5:30 left in the first quarter.

Starting on its own 21, George Naufahu got a four-yard gain on the ground. After a holding call, Decker ran for eight yards and found Boyd for eight more in the air. Naufahu got a five-yard run and the drive had nothing more to it, as UNLV was forced to punt.

Arizona took possession on its own four and got off it quickly with a 41-yard run by Jones-Grigsby. Solomon then found Trey Griffey for 16 yards and threw the first touchdown pass of his career on the next play, hitting Nate Phillips for the 39-yard touchdown. Skowron’s extra point put the Wildcats up 7-0 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

Arizona forced a three and out to get the ball on its own 33. After a short run by Solomon and an incomplete pass. the redshirt freshman quarterback found Samajie Grant for a 63-yard touchdown with the extra point giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead to end the quarter.

Needing an answer, UNLV took the ball on its own 25 with a seven-yard run by Decker. He then completed a 52-yard pass to Boyd. After a fumble for a loss of eight and a sack by Scooby Wright, the Runnin’ Rebels made a 41-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3 with 12:22 left in the first half.

On its own 21, Arizona started with a seven-yard pass to Tyrell Johnson and Solomon then picked up 14 on the ground. Nothing really happened after that and the Wildcats were forced to punt with UNLV taking overt on its own 22.

UNLV was not able to get much going on its drive and Arizona got the ball on its own 22. Jones-Grigsby started the drive with a four-yard run and Solomon hit Davonte’ Neal for a 16-yard gain. After two incomplete passes, the drive was kept alive with a pass interference call on UNLV.

On third down, Solomon ran for 31 yards and Jones-Grigsby then added six more on the following play. A false start set Arizona back and basically forced a 28-yard field goal attempt that gave the Wildcats a 17-3 lead with 5:52 left in the first half.

UNLV took over on its own 25 with a 24-yard pass to Davis. Two plays later, Decker gained 27 on the ground. Two of the next three snaps then resulted in a false start and a 48-yard field goal attempt was good, cutting the UA lead to 17-6 with 3:08 left in the half.

The Wildcats started on their 35 and two plays into the drive got a 14-yard pass to Griffey. Solomon ran for six yards and was sacked, but connected with Griffey for 16 yards and the first down.

After a three-yard run by Jones-Grigsby, Grant caught a 22-yard pass. Solomon then found a wide open Neal for the 13-yard touchdown with the extra point giving Arizona a 24-6 lead going into halftime.

Arizona could not have started the second half any better as Solomon found Hill for a 92-yard touchdown and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 31-6 lead 20 seconds into the third quarter.

UNLV looked for a response and started on its own 25 with an 11-yard pass to Boyd followed by a 10-yard completion. Davis then caught a 26-yard pass and Kendal Keys caught two consecutive balls for a combined 26 yards.

On the next play, Decker found Anthony Williams for a six-yard touchdown with the extra point cutting the lead to 31-13 with 12:14 left in the third quarter.

Adonis Smith got a two-yard carry from his own 25 to start the drive. Two plays later, Solomon found Jones for nine yards and then ran for seven more. Jones-Grigsby gained 16 on the ground and Richards got a catch for five and four yards.

After a run for no gain, Jones-Grigsby gained five. Griffey proceeded to catch a 17-yard pass and UNLV was called for pass interference on the next play. It only took one more for Jones-Grigsby to score from two yards out as the extra point put the Wildcats up 38-13 with 8:48 left in the third quarter.

After both teams exchanged punts, Arizona started on its own 44 with a nine-yard pass from Solomon to Grant. Nick Wilson then got a carry for three and two yards.

David Richards caught consecutive six-yard passes and there plays later, Wilson caught a six-yard pass. After a holding call, the drive ended successfully with a 49-yard field goal that put the Wildcats up 41-13 with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

Arizona forced a three and out and on the first play from the line of scrimmage at the 15, Wilson scored a 75-yard touchdown with the extra point making it 48-13.

It didn't take long for the Wildcats to get the ball back and a six-yard run by Wilson broke the school record for total yardage, surpassing 691 yards.

Two plays later, Solomon connected with Jones for 15 yards to break the school record for passing yards by a freshman as Solomon reached 425.

The drive eventually led to a 39-yard field goal by Skowron with 12:38 left to put the Wildcats up 51-13.


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