First off, what a freaking game. No matter who won that game, we can say it was two teams taking each other’s best shot and keep going. Just a fun game to watch.
I will start with the offense. Anu Solomon’s numbers won’t jump off the page, as he finished 20-31 with 287 yards and one touchdown and interception. However, you couldn’t have asked for a much better game.
He never lost his composure despite having a few bad plays and really kept Arizona’s offense moving, especially on the plays he chose to check down instead of forcing things in there. I said this after the Cal game, but it is even more apparent now. Anu is growing up.
Arizona’s run game did exactly what it needed to do. Anu Solomon has 12 carries for 0 yards (sacks), so the numbers will be skewed. However, if you take what Terris Jones-Grigsby and Nick Wilson did, Arizona averaged over five yards per carry.
Not only that, but the Wildcats had the ball for 33 minutes and really controlled the pace of the game, especially in the fourth quarter.
The coaching staff obviously saw something with the passes out of the backfield, as shown by the fact that Jones-Grigsby has 4 catches for 95 yards and Wilson had one for 34. Arizona took advantage of what Oregon’s defense gave it and did it consistently.
A lot of coaches don’t call games like that, but the coaches knew the game plan going in and it worked well.
Defensively, Arizona did what most people thought it couldn’t do. It didn’t allow a big play offense to get many big plays. Oregon’s biggest run of the night was 22 yards and the Wildcats had numerous runs that were bigger than that.
Arizona’s corners probably played their best game of the season and one of the biggest plays of the game is when McKnight chased down the Oregon receiver at the two.
The defensive line took advantage of Oregon’s offensive line all night. I know Oregon’s line wasn't 100 percent or even close to it, but the success of the three man rush allowed the defense to do exactly what it needed to.
The linebackers were able to get in there, Pettinato played the best game of his life, and Mariota had nowhere to go all night. He finished with nine rushes for one yard and that includes a long of seven.