Arizona opened the season with a huge 58-13 victory over UNLV. Read on to find out what records were broken, how well Anu Solomon did, and more.
The Arizona football season started with on a good night for the Wildcats' offense. Arizona dropped UNLV in the opener 58-13.
It was a night of firsts and a night of record breaking performances for Arizona. Here are the highlights:
Anu Solomon's career at Arizona started a little slow. On his first drive, he completed two of three passes, both of which were caught by Austin Hill for a total of 18 yards. The drive stalled, but the freshman was able to get any possible jitters out.
Solomon did pretty well for the rest of the game, completing 25 of his 44 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns. The yardage broke the single game record for a freshman at Arizona that was previously held by Keith Smith, when he threw for 418 yards in a four overtime game.
Arizona's offense as a whole was firing on all cylinders as the Wildcats combined for 787 yards of total offense, smashing the previous single game record. The Wildcats had 691 yards of total offense against New Mexico in 1969. The 787 yards would be a record at every Pac-12 school except for USC, who holds the Pac-12 record with 978 from a game back in 1925.
Casey Skowron got his shot to make an impact early on in the game with a 38-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter. The kick sailed wide left and the it looked like there was no end in sight for Arizona's kicking woes.
Skowron made up for it later in the game and proved that the first kick may have been missed due to nerves. Skowron made a 28-yarder, a 39-yarder a 49-yarder, in addition to converting all of his PATs.
Nate Phillips caught the first touchdown pass from the rookie quarterback midway through the first quarter. Phillips shook a defender and was wide open in the end zone as the ball dropped into his arms.
Phillips finished with two catches for 56 yards and the single touchdown.
Arizona's defense got off to a slow start, allowing UNLV to move down the field early on, but picked things up when it needed to most, holding the Rebels to just two field goals at halftime.
Arizona opened the second half with its third longest play in school history. Solomon found Austin Hill for a 92-yard touchdown on the first play of the half.
The play put Hill over the century mark on the night. He finished with 110 yards on three catches, with the 92-yarder being his lone touchdown.
Terris Jones-Grigsby scored his first rushing touchdown of his career midway through the third quarter. He took the ball from two yards out and carried a defender into the end zone to push the Wildcat lead to 38-13.
Jones-Grigsby finished with 124 yards on 13 carries, showing why he deserved the bulk of the touches out of the backfield.
Samajie Grant had an excellent game as well, grabbing four passes for 101 yards, with his biggest play of the night coming on a 63 yard catch and run to the end zone.
True freshman Nick Wilson burst onto the scene in the third quarter, bursting through the line and scampering 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the fifth longest run in school history. Wilsomn finished with 104 yards on seven carries.
With Wilson and Jones-Grigsby rushing for 100-plus yards, Arizona has now had a 100-yard rusher in the last 18 games and 24 of the last 27.
All four quarterbacks that were listed on the depth chart were able to get in the game for Arizona. On the last drive of the night, senior Jesse Scroggins took the field. After leading the team across midfield, he was substituted out for Jerrard Randall. A few plays later, Connor Brewer entered the game and scored the final touchdown for the Wildcats on a quarterback keeper from three yards out. It was the only rushing touchdown of the night.