Arizona traveled to Utah on Saturday and was able to come away with a 42-10 win over the Utes. Read on to find out about the game, including how Nick Wilson played, how Arizona won, and more.
Arizona started slow, but once the ball got rolling, that was all she wrote in a 42-10 victory over Utah. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Nick Wilson was easily the most important piece for the Wildcats' offense in the win. The true freshman helped break the game open in the second half on his way to 218 yards rushing on 20 carries. Wilson found the end zone three times on the day and each one was needed to put the game away.
The freshman also went over 1,000 yards on the season in the game. Wilson is the first freshman in Arizona history to reach the four digit mark and continues to set the freshmen rushing record with each and every carry.
With Wilson's 218 yards on the ground, it marks the third straight year that the Wildcats have had a player rush for 200-plus yards against Utah. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 204 and 232 yards in the last two years against the Utes.
Anu Solomon was having a good game to bounce back from a subpar performance against Washington, completing 8 of his 17 passes for 158 yards, but was knocked out of the game with a ankle injury just before halftime. He did not return, but was able to rush for his first career touchdown late in the first quarter before leaving the game.
Jesse Scroggins came in to play the second half for the Wildcats and found immediate success, followed by failure. Scroggins completed a 43 yard pass to Samajie Grant to take the Wildcats into the red zone. Scroggins fumbled on the next two plays, recovering the first, but losing the second.
The senior completed three of his five passes for 64 yards, but spent every play after his first two series handing the ball off the the Arizona running backs.
Late in the first half, Arizona got a defensive touchdown that helped give the Wildcats more momentum. Tra'Mayne Bondurant stripped the ball free and defensive lineman Dan Pettinato scooped it up and thundered towards the end zone, putting the Wildcats up 21-0.
Bondurant wasn't done there. The senior jumped an out route late in the game, snagging an interception that he returned 39 yards for the score. Bondurant also finished with ten tackles.
The Wildcats also added interceptions from Jared Tevis and Jourdon Grandon in the game.
Much was made of the Utah defensive lineman Nate Orchard leading up to the game, but Orchard was held in check for a majority of the night. The star was held to just six tackles and was only able to get one tackle for loss, a sack of Scroggins late in the game.
Arizona's defense was the biggest story of the night and it was clear from the very beginning of the game. The Wildcats allowed a season-low 17 yards to Utah's offense in the first quarter of the victory. Utah had three possessions in the quarter and all were three-and-outs. The Wildcats held the Utes to just three plays in five of the first six drives.
Arizona finished the game with 298 rushing yards total. It was the most rushing yards that Utah had given up all season. Previously, Oregon had rushed for 269.
That wasn't all, as Arizona’s 520 total yards were the most that the Utes have given up this year.