Game Notes: Arizona vs Oregon

Arizona went on the road to a hostile Autzen Stadium on Thursday night and came away with a huge victory. Read on to find out how they did it, when the last time was that Arizona was 5-0, and more.

Arizona went on the road to Oregon on Thursday night and came away with a huge 31-24 victory to move to 5-0. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • Anu Solomon started slow, with only 70 yards through the air at halftime, but stepped up in the second half and held his composure late in the game. Solomon only threw one touchdown, but it was a big one on a wheel route to true freshman Nick Wilson from 34 yards out. Solomon finished the game with 287 yards passing for a touchdown, but threw an interception as well.

  • Arizona had been riding Wilson so far to start the season, but went to a two-headed attack with senior Terris Jones-Grigsby on Thursday. They combined to rush for 207 yards and three touchdowns, none bigger than Jones-Grigsby's one-yard game winner with three minutes remaining on the clock.

    That wasn't all for the duo, as Jones-Grigsby added four catches for 95 yards and Wilson had the 34-yard score before leaving the game with an injury.

  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota came into the game as a leader in the Heisman race, but had a shaky performance against Arizona. While he threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, Oregon lost two fumbles in the game with the biggest coming on Mariota's final play of the night to seal the win for Arizona.

  • Coming into the game, the third quarter had belonged to Oregon, with the Ducks outscoring opponents 45-3 in the period across the season. Arizona changed that, scoring three touchdowns in the quarter and holding the Ducks to just seven points. It was the first time this season that Oregon had been outscored in the third quarter.

  • Anu Solomon completed passes to nine different receivers, including himself. That may seem weird, but in the third quarter, the freshman had a pass batted right back at him. Solomon picked the ball out of the air, scooted past a defender and scampered 21 yards for a first down.

  • Arizona's front seven on defense played an incredible game against Oregon on the road. The Wildcats held the Ducks to just 144 yards on the ground, while clogging up the middle and pressuring the offensive line. Arizona was able to get pressure on Mariota and came up with five sacks on the night after having just one through the first four games of the season.

  • With the victory, Arizona moves to 5-0 for the first time since 1998. That year, the Wildcats went 12-1, losing the lone game to UCLA. Arizona will get a chance to move to 6-0 against USC next weekend.

  • It wasn't his highest tackling game of the season, but Scooby Wright still found a way to be a playmaker. The sophomore had an incredible interception last season against Oregon and followed it up with a big play late in the game this year.

    Wright tracked down Mariota with just two minutes left in the game and stripped the ball away, securing the win for the Wildcats. The linebacker finished with seven tackles, including the final sack.

  • One of the key things for the Wildcats in the win was the ability to make plays when it mattered most. Arizona's defensive struggles this season often came with giving up big third down plays. The Wildcats were able to hold Oregon to just 4-14 on third downs throughout the game and it was a big factor in stopping the potent Oregon offense.

  • With the win, Arizona has defeated an Associated Press Top 25 team in 10 of the last 11 seasons and in each year under Rich Rodriguez.

  • The Wildcats won their sixth-straight game dating back to the 2013 season. The last time Arizona won six games in a row was when it it closed out a 12-1 campaign in 1998 with seven-consecutive victories.

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