Running attack leads Arizona

Arizona defeated Colorado 38-20 on Saturday night. Read on for a complete recap of the Wildcats' victory.

Arizona started slowly, but gained momentum throughout the game as the running attack proved to be too much for Colorado in a 38-20 win at Arizona Stadium.

It did not take long for Colorado to score as Sefo Liufau found Shay Fields for the 75-yard touchdown with the extra point giving the Buffs a 7-0 lead.

Arizona started on its own 20 with a six-yard run from Terris Jones-Grigsby. Caleb Jones then caught a nine-yard pass. After a bad snap by Stephen Gurrola, Anu Solomon ran for 48 yards on the fumble recovery.

He then found Austin Hill for eight yards and Jones-Grigsby gained five on the ground two plays later. Two plays after that, Nate Phillips caught a five-yard pass. Jones drew a pass interference penalty on the next play and Arizona took over on the two.

The Wildcats proceeded to try four straight run plays and could not get in as the Colorado lead held at 7-0.

Starting at its own three, Colorado got a five-yard pass to Bryce Bobo followed by a 16-yard pass to Michael Adkins with a personal foul added on.

Tony Jones then lost five on the ground and Nelson Spruce caught a pass for nine-yards. The drive then stalled and Arizona took over on its own 11.

Nick Wilson gained three yards on the ground and Sammie Grant caught passes for 11 and five. After an incomplete pass, Solomon ran for 19 yards, but the drive stopped with a dropped pass and sack.

Colorado wasn’t able to get anything going on its next drive due in large part to two chop block penalties, as Arizona took over on its own 25.

The Wildcats got a 12-yard pass to David Richards and a pass for 13 yards to Grant, but then threw three incomplete passes before punting.

The Buffs took over on their own 30 and on third down, Liufau was hit by Anthony Lopez. Tra’Mayne Bondurant then picked up the fumble and scored, as the extra point tied it at seven with 1:12 left in the first quarter.

Colorado started on its own 25 with an eight-yard pass on second down and a five-yard run by Liufau on third ended the first quarter tied at seven.

Liufau ran for a yard to start the quarter and then found Fields for seven yards. However, Jared Tevis forced a fumble on the next play and recovered at the Colorado 31.

Tyrell Johnson ran for eight yards on first down and Jones caught a ten-yard pass two plays later. After a four-yard run by Solomon, he found Johnson for the eight-yard touchdown as the extra point put the Wildcats up 14-7 with 12:16 left in the second quarter.

Starting on the 25, Spruce caught a 13-yard pass Lindsay then ran for six yards and followed with a run for 13 more.

After an incomplete pass, Lindsay ran for 36 yards. On the next play, Colorado ran a reverse and Spruce found an open Liufau for the seven-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 with 10:19 left in the half.

After an 11-yard run by Solomon, Arizona punted after three straight incomplete passes and Colorado took the ball on the 40.

Fields caught a five-yard pass on first down and Lindsay ran for seven and five yards. Spruce caught an 11-yard pass before Donovan Lee had a six-yard reception.

Christian Powell ran for seven yards and gained three more for the first down. Two plays later, Jones caught a nine-yard pass. CU then couldn’t get it in, so it settled for the 19-yard field goal to give it a 17-14 lead with 4:09 left in the half.

Both teams exchanged possessions with Arizona getting the ball back after an interception by Jourdon Grandon on Arizona’s 45.

The first play from scrimmage was a 35-yard pass to Hill. Two plays later, Richards caught a seven-yard pass and Grant added a seven-yard catch of his own. Three plays later, Colorado was called for a pass interference penalty in the end zone.

After a one-yard run by Solomon, he found Richards for the one-yard touchdown pass. The extra point then gave Arizona a 21-17 lead going into the half.

Arizona started the second half on its own 25 with a four-yard run from Wilson. Two plays later, the Buffs were called for pass interference.

After a six-yard run by Wilson, Colorado was called for pass interference again. Two plays later, the Buffs got yet another pass interference.

Wilson ran for a yard and Griffey caught a seven-yard pass, but Arizona could not get anything going. After a false start penalty, Casey Skowron nailed a 37-yard field to put the Wildcats up 24-17 with 12:48 left in the third quarter.

Colorado took the ball on its own 25 and started with a 14-yard pass to Spruce, who did the same thing two plays later.

Lindsay then ran for six yards and added 15 on the next carry. It appeared Arizona would force a punt, but Will Parks was called for pass interference on third down.

The Buffs were also called for pass interference two plays later and the Buffs settled for a 33-yard field goal to cut the Arizona lead to 24-20 with 7:35 left in the third quarter.

Arizona proceeded to go three and out, but forced a punt on Colorado’s possession to get the ball back on its own 12.

Wilson ran for 33 yards on first down and followed with an 18-yard reception. Grant then caught a pass for five yards, but Arizona threw three incompletions, including one on fourth down.

Colorado and Arizona exchanged three and outs before the Buffs took over on their own 25.

Bobo caught a five-yard pass and Lindsay ran for eight yards on the next play. Three plays later, Devin Holiday came up with the interception and brought it to Colorado’s 32.

Wilson ran for seven yards, but it was brought back because of a late hit. Solomon then gained 22 on the ground and Arizona was called for a holding penalty on the next play.

On the following down, Solomon found Grant for a 27-yard touchdown and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 31-20 lead with 9:50 left in the third.

Arizona forced a three and out and took over on its own 40. After two incomplete passes, Wilson ran for 39 yards. Three plays later, Solomon hit Grant for a 20-yard touchdown s the extra point put the Wildcats up 38-20 and sealed the deal.


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