Arizona picked up a road victory over UTSA on Thursday night. Read on to get a closer look at the win, including how Nick Wilson did in his first start, how Anu Solomon did on the road, and more.
Arizona went on the road for a Thursday night matchup with UTSA and the Wildcats squeaked away with a 26-23 victory improving to 2-0 on the season. Here is a closer look at what happened:
Cayleb Jones started the game off with a bang. He caught a pass up the sideline, shook a defender, stiff-armed another and scored on an 85-yard catch and run. It was the fifth touchdown drive that took 40 seconds or fewer this season.
Jones had a big night for Arizona, finishing with 143 yards on four catches with the lone touchdown.
Anu Solomon had an up and down game, but managed to come out ahead in the end. Solomon completed 17 of 32 passes for 231 yards and only accounted for a single touchdown against the Roadrunners.
Solomon did struggle on the road, but didn't turn the ball over, which is an important thing to remember when looking at his performance.
In addition, Solomon is the first quarterback in school history to account for multiple passing plays of 85-plus yards.
85 must be a lucky number for running back Nick Wilson. The true freshman scored on an 85-yard touchdown run last week and scored his first touchdown against UTSA late in the second half, picking up his 84th and 85th rushing yards on the run.
Wilson finished with 174 yards on 30 carries and found the end zone once.
The yardage is fourth-most in single-game history for a Wildcat freshman, while the 30 carries matched Nic Grigsby for the most rush attempts for a freshman.
Casey Skowron was perfect on the night, nailing four field goals, with a longest of 44. Skowron also made both of his PAT attempts, going perfect across the board for the night.
Arizona's kicking woes seem to be in the rear-view mirror for the time being, but the same can't be said for UTSA. With a chance to tie the game late, Sean Ianno's only field goal of the night sailed just over the uprights and was ruled no good. The kick was missed by mere inches.
Reggie Gilbert came off the injured list at the perfect time. Late in the game, Gilbert came off the edge and sacked Tucker Carter, forcing a punt that helped Arizona pull out the win. In his first game back from his injury, the senior had five tackles, including the sack.
The Wildcats may get a Pac-12 Player of the Week after the performance that Jared Tevis had against the Roadrunners. Tevis had a career high 16 tackles and nabbed the game winning interception.
Additionally, Tevis helped Arizona move to 11-0 under Rich Rodriguez when winning the turnover battle.
Tevis wasn't the only Wildcat on defense that had a big night. Linebacker Scooby Wright III finished the game with 11 tackles and a sack after having seven tackles last week.
Arizona's defense still has some things to work on, but it came up big in the end. UTSA failed to convert its last seven third downs, even though it did convert on a fourth down late in the game.
The pressure put on Roadrunner quarterback Tucker Carter late in the game forced several bad passes from the senior, as he was scrambling from the pocket when throwing his interception.