Arizona came away with a 38-20 victory over Colorado on Saturday night. Read on to find out about the win, including how long Arizona's points drought was, how Nick Wilson played, which defensive player had his first interception of the season, and more.
Arizona had to battle, but eventually came away with a 38-20 win over Colorado on Homecoming weekend. Here’s a closer look at what happened:
Arizona’s defense came to play once again for the Wildcats. Coming into the game, Colorado was averaging 473 yards of total offense per game. Arizona’s defense held the Buffs to just 353 in Tucson. The Buffs were just 5-16 on third down and were limited to just 75 offensive plays after averaging 88 on the season.
Additionally, Arizona was able to force four touchdowns on the night, which was made sweeter by the fact that the Wildcats turned each turnover into a touchdown.
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon started out slow, but eventually started heating up. The freshman completed 21 of 38 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns while not throwing an interception.
Solomon also made Colorado pay on the ground, carrying the ball 12 times for 115 yards, though he failed to get into the end zone. It was a new career high for the quarterback.
The Wildcats failed to get on the board early in the game, but the first score for Arizona was of the defensive variety. Tra’Mayne Bondurant scored his fourth defensive touchdown of his career late in the first quarter when he scooped up a Sefo Liufau fumble and returned it 22 yards to tie the game at 7. That was Bondurant’s only stat of the night.
Dating back to the UCLA game, Arizona had gone 75 minutes and 13 seconds without an offensive score before Solomon found Tyrell Johnson out of the backfield for a eight-yard touchdown. Johnson finished the game with three catches for 14 yards and the score.
The Wildcat defense was once again led by Scooby Wright III. The sophomore had his 13th sack of the season to go along with nine other tackles.
Arizona beat Colorado by 18 points. It was the second biggest loss for the Buffs all year. USC beat Colorado by 26 earlier in the year, but the Buffs were able to keep all of their other games within two scores.
Colorado tied the football game at 14 midway through the second quarter with a trick play. Nelson Spruce took a reverse and sprinted to the opposite side of the field before finding a wide open Sefo Liufau in the end zone for a seven-yard score.
Nick Wilson started slow, but started to break free in the second half. The freshman running back carried the ball 21 times for 153 yards, but failed to get into the end zone. His role in the second half was crucial to the Wildcats’ success in the game.
Terris Jones-Grigsby started the game, but was unable to find any room to run, carrying the ball ten times for just 18 yards.
Arizona tried not to rely on special teams very much this week, electing to go for it on fourth down on three occasions. The Wildcats did not complete any of those attempts, which included Jones-Grigsby getting stuffed at the line on a fourth and goal play from the 2-yard line.
Sophomore cornerback Devin Holiday has been banged up this season, but was able to get some playing time as true freshman Cam Denson was knocked out of the game with an injury. Holiday promptly turned a hurried pass into an interception, his first of the season and second of his career. He also had a tackle in the game.
Colorado started the game in a hole as the Buffs were down four starters. Chidobe Awuzie was lost this week for the remainder of the season with a lacerated kidney, whild Tedric Thompson and Deaysean Rippy were both out with concussions. Shortly before kickoff, it was also announced that starting wide receiver D.D. Goodson was out with an ankle injury.
The win gave Arizona seven wins on the year, matching their regular season marks from the last two years. The Wildcats still have three chances to improve on that mark, with home games against Washington and Arizona State and a road matchup with Utah.