Wildcats survive on the road

Arizona got all it could handle on Thursday night, but was still able to defeat UTSA 26-23. Read on for a complete recap of the victory.

UTSA gave Arizona everything it could handle Thursday night in San Antonio, but it was not enough.

Jared Tevis came up with a crucial interception with a little over a minute left to help seal a 26-23 victory.

Arizona scored on the first play from the line of scrimmage as Anu Solomon found Cayleb Jones for an 85-yard touchdown with the extra point putting the Wildcats up 7-0.

UTSA took over and Kam Jones lost five yards on the first play. The Roadrunners got it back with a five-yard pass to Marcellus Mack, but an incomplete pass on third down forced a punt with Arizona taking over on its own 42.

After an incomplete pass, Nick Wilson had a 16-yard run. Jones then caught a 23-yard pass, but the drive stalled with a sack on third down. Casey Skowron proceeded to make a 38-yard field goal to put the Wildcats up 10-0 with 11:05 left in the first quarter.

UTSA started on its own 19 with a six-yard run by David Glasco. Two plays later, it picked up a first down with a nine-yard completion to Austin Grubb. Arizona forced another third down and forced an incomplete pass, as the punt on fourth down put the Wildcats on their own 21.

Arizona started on its own 21-yard line with and eight-yard pass to Nate Phillips followed by a six-yard run by Wilson. Solomon then connected with Jones for seven yards and Grant for 20 more, but nothing else came from the drive and the UA was forced to punt.

Needing some kind of momentum, UTSA started on its own 25 with a 13-yard run by Tucker Carter. Kenny Harrison had a ix-yard run and Brandon Freeman followed with a four-yard reception.

Austin Robinson proceeded to run for right yards and Jarveon Williams followed with a seven-yard reception. Two plays later, Carter ran for 15 and then hit Cole Hubble for 22 yards. Arizona forced third down, but Carter connected with tight end David Morgan for a 10-yard touchdown with the extra point putting it at 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Taking over on its own 25, Arizona got an eight-yard run from Nick Wilson and a 14-yard gain on the ground from Solomon. Wilson then had runs for four yards and two consecutive gains of nine.

David Richards caught a seven-yard pass and Trey Griffey followed with a six-yard completion. Arizona didn’t get anything after a six-yard pass to Richards, but a 23-yard field goal gave the Wildcats a 13-7 lead with 12:11 left in the first half.

UTSA’s drive started at the 21 with an incomplete pass. Brandon Armstrong had a four-yard reception and Jones added a 17-yard catch. Arizona then forced a third down, but Jarvis McCall was called for pass interference to keep the drive alive.

Williams picked up 16 yards on a run and then added ten more on the ground on the next play. One play later, Jones scored on an 18-yard run and the extra point gave the Roadrunners a 14-14 lead with 8:47 left in the first half.

Both teams exchanged three and outs and Arizona forced another before it got the ball back on its own 15. Wilson started the drive with a two-yard run and Jones followed it up with a 28-yard completion.

After a short run by Solomon, Wilson picked up a first down with a 13-yard run. A few plays later, on third down, Wilson got another first with an eight-yard gain. UTSA was then called for a face mask and pass interference penalty before Wilson scored from two yards out and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 20-16 lead at the half.

Two plays into the half, Morgan caught a 19-yard pass and Reggie Gilbert was called for roughing the passer on the same play. The Wildcats were able to then stop the drive due to a sack by Scooby Wright and the punt gave the Wildcats the ball on their own 16.

Wilson started the drive with two runs for a combined five yards and Grant caught a seven-yard pass before Phillips caught one for four. Wilson proceeded to run for 37 yards and Hill had a seven-yard grab. A sack then stopped the drive, but a 44-yard field goal gave the Wildcats a 23-16 lead with 8:31 left in the third.

Arizona forced a three and out and got the ball on the UTSA 49. Grant proceeded to catch a six-yard pass and Wilson got the first on third down with a four yard run. After a six-yard run, Grant got another first with an eight-yard completion.

Two plays later, UTSA was called for roughing the passer. Arizona could not make anything of it and a 28-yard field goal by Skowron put Arizona up 26-16 with 4:12 left in the third.

Down 10, the Roadrunners took possession on their own 23 with a seven-yard run by Glasco. Armstrong then caught a seven-yard pass and two plays later, Jones came up with a 16-yard completion. Morgan caught a ball for ten yards, Armstrong ran for six, and Morgan caught a pass for seven to end the third quarter with UTSA on the Arizona 19.

The Wildcats were able to force the 25-yard field goal, but it went wide right and Arizona took over on its own 20.

Wilson had two runs for a combined six yards and after a false start, Jared Baker gained 17 yards on the ground. A completion by Grant led to a fourth and short, but Arizona chose to punt and UTSA got the ball on its own 20.

Cody Ippolito was called for roughing the passer on first down and two plays later, Carter hit Grubb for 29. Arizona forced a fourth and long, but UTSA converted with a 25-yard pass to Morgan. Glasco gained eight on the ground and ran it in from three yards out, as the extra point cut the Arizona lead to 26-23 with 7:32 left in the fourth.

Arizona got a 17-yard run from Wilson on the first play from scrimmage, but a false start a few plays later shut the drive down and the Wildcats punted, giving possession to UTSA on its own 20 with 5:09 remaining.

Arizona got to third down and a sack by Reggie Gilbert forced a punt. The Wildcats took possession on its own 40 and were able to reach fourth and short, but made the decision to punt.

UTSA started on its own 15 with a five-yard pass to Armstrong followed by an 11-yard pass to Harrison. Two plays later, Carter threw a terrible shovel pass directly to Jared Tevis as Arizona sealed the win.

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