Arizona defeated UTSA 42-32 Thursday night at Arizona Stadium, but the real focus after the game will be on injuries and suspensions.
Scooby Wright left early in the game with a knee injury and Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez does not have a diagnosis or timeline.
In addition, Samajie Grant, Anthony Fotu, and Tellas Jones were all forced to sit out the entire first game due to a violation of team rules.
Still, Arizona did just enough to defeat UTSA and start the season on a winning note despite being outgained by over 100 yards of total offense.
UTSA started on its own 22 with a four-yard run by Jarveon Williams. On the next play, Anthony Lopez came up with a 23-yard interception return for a score as the extra point put the Wildcats up 7-0 35 seconds into the game.
The Roadrunners had the ball on their own nine with a four-yard pass to Kerry Thomas Jr. Williams then ran for seven yards, but the drive stalled and a punt gave the Wildcats possession on their own 40.
Arizona couldn’t do anything with it and went three and out with UTSA taking the ball on its own seven.
After an offside call and incomplete pass, Williams ran for five yards. David Morgan then caught a 15-yard pass. Three plays later, Thomas got a 19-yard grab.
Arizona forced a third down, but Morgan picked up the first with an 11-yard pass. Jalen Rhodes then gained seven. After a holding call Brady Jones had a five-yard completion and Morgan added seven more.
Williams proceeded to run for seven yards, but the Roadrunners were eventually forced into a 33-yard field goal.
The kick was wide and a drive that was 16 plays and went 77 yards for over six minutes was wasted.
Starting on its own 20, Arizona got a two-yard run from Anu Solomon. He then hit Nate Phillips for seven yards and two plays later, Richards for 12.
Wilson ran for two yards and Johnny Jackson caught a 35-yard pass two plays later. He then followed with a 14-yard gain.
Three plays after that, Richards caught a six-yard touchdown pass and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
On their own 22, the Roadrunners for eight yards from Williams. Kenny Bias caught a four-yard pass and two plays later, Aaron Grubb for 18 in the air. A seven-yard run by Williams and 11-yard gain on the ground by Tyrell Clay ended the first quarter with UTSA on Arizona’s 28.
Thomas got an 11-yard catch to start the quarter and Williams ran for 11 more. Arizona held its ground and the Roadrunners settled for a 19-yard field goal to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 14-3 with 12:39 left in the half.
Wilson fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and UTSA got the ball on the Arizona 30. Rhodes then ran for gains of two, seven, and two more. Morgan proceeded to grab a 15-yard reception and three plays later, caught a two-yard touchdown.
The extra point out the Roadrunners within 14-10 with a little over ten minutes left in the half. UTSA was called for a facemark and Solomon hit Cayleb Jones for 34 yards.
Three plays later, Jackson caught a 21-yard touchdown and Arizona went up 21-10 with the extra point.
Arizona forced a three and out due in large part to a holding penalty and the Wildcats took over on their own 30.
It looked like Arizona would get something going with an 11-yard reception by Josh Kern and a personal foul on UTSA, but nothing else was had and the Wildcats turned it over on downs.
The Roadrunners started on their own 38 with a 16-yard run. Thomas then had a seven-yard reception and Rhodes ran for four more.
Grubb gained 13 in the air and the drive didn’t get going after that, as a 33-yard field goal cut the lead to 21-13 with 4:35 left in the half.
Arizona was forced to punt on its ensuing drive, giving UTSA the ball on its own 30. On first down, Thomas caught a 29-yard pass.
Bogenshutz ran for two yards and found Bias for five. On fourth down, he connected with Morgan for a 30-yard gain.
Two plays later, Bogenshutz ran it in from two yards out and the extra point cut Arizona’s lead to 21-20 at the half.
Both teams exchanged drives before Arizona took over on its own 19. Jackson caught a four-yard pass and Wilson then ran for gains of eight and four.
After a holding call, Jackson caught a 13-yard pass. Wilson again ran for gains of four and eight before getting 16 more.
Jared Baker ran for five yards and caught an eight-yard pass. Jackson picked up seven more in the air before Baker ran for six.
Two plays later, Solomon found Nate Phillips for the four-yard touchdown as the extra point put the Wildcats up 28-20 with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats forced a fumble on third down and Jamar Allah scooped and scored from 22 yards out as the extra point put Arizona up 35-20 with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter.
UTSA had the ball on its own 25 and after two runs by Rhodes, he caught a 12-yard pass. Arizona forced a long yardage situation, but Paul Magloire was called for a personal foul to keep the drive alive.
A few plays later, Aron Taylor caught a 32-yard touchdown, but the mixed extra point out UTSA within 35-26.
UTSA took over on its own 30 and three plays into the drive, Bogenshutz found Bias for 43 yards to end the third quarter.
Three plays later, Davonte Neal blocked the 44-yard field goal attempt and took over on the UTSA 47.
Jones drew a pass interference penalty and after a holding call, Wilson ran for 21 yards with a facemask penalty added on.
Wilson then ran for five yards and Baker for two before Solomon hit Jones for a four-yard touchdown. The extra point put the Wildcats up 42-26 with 11:46 left.
The UTSA drive started on its own 21 with a four-yard rush by Williams. Arizona was then called for consecutive pass interference calls and three plays later, Morgan caught a 13-yard pass for a first down.
Williams ran for six yards and Grubb got a five-yard reception for a first down. Arizona was called offside and Rhodes ran for a 16-yard touchdown on the next play.
The Roadrunners went for two and failed to complete the pass, as Arizona would hold on for a 42-32 victory.