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Game Notes: Arizona vs UTSA

Arizona opened the season with a 42-32 win over UTSA on Thursday night. Read on for more about the Wildcats' victory, including how Anu Solomon did...

Arizona came away from the season opener against UTSA with a 42-32 victory. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • Anthony Lopez opened the season with a bang for the defense. The senior picked off a pass on just the second play of the game, rumbling into the end zone to give the Wildcats an early lead. He finished with five tackles, including one for loss. His interception was his biggest contribution and it was greatly needed as the defense was stymied with injuries throughout the night.

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  • Lopez wasn't the only defender who had a good night as senior Jamar Allah also scored a defensive touchdown and came close to having a special teams score as well. Late in the third quarter, William Parks forced a fumble and and Allah scooped it up and scampered into the end zone for the 22-yard touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter Davonte' Neal blocked a UTSA field goal attempt and Allah grabbed that loose ball as well, returning it eight yards before being brought down. Allah tallied nine tackles in the win.

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  • The blocked field goal early in the fourth quarter was Arizona's first blocked field goal since Carlos Williams blocked one back in 2002. The one against UTSA allowed Arizona to keep a 35-26 lead over the Roadrunners. The starting field position also set the Wildcats up for a four play, 55-yard drive that was capped by a Cayleb Jones touchdown.

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  • No injury to Arizona's defense was more impactful Scooby Wright. The All-American logged just a single tackle before being forced out of the game with a knee injury. He did not return to the game and was seen on the sidelines in the second half in street clothes, walking with a cane. That wasn't all the bad news for the Wildcats, though as Cam Denson, Kwesi Mashack, and Sam Morrison also left the game with injuries. With Tellas Jones and Anthony Fotu both suspended for the opener, the defensive depth was extremely lacking.

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  • Anu Solomon started slow, but started to find his groove as the game progressed. He was shaky at times, but still completed _ of _ passes for _ yards and four touchdowns, one each to Jones, Johnny Jackson, David Richards, and Nate Phillips. Solomon had a chance to connect on two other touchdown passes, but overthrew the wide open receivers both times.

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  • Jackson had himself quite the game after switching back to receiver in fall camp. He spent last year as a cornerback, but reemerged onto the scene on Thursday with eight catches for 101 yards. It was his first career 100-plus yard game and made even more impressive given that he only had 124 yards all of 2013.

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  • Blake Bogenschutz set a new record for UTSA, throwing for a school high 323 passing yards. The redshirt freshman wasn't spectacular in his 2015 debut, completing just 25 of 43 passes, but was able to keep the Roadrunners in the game with his two touchdown passes. His interception early on was his only real mistake, but Bogenschutz just couldn't make the plays down the stretch to win the game.

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  • UTSA tight end David Morgan II also set a UTSA record with his nine catches in the game. They went for 109 yards and a touchdown. Morgan also hurt Arizona last season, racking up 76 yards on five catches and a touchdown.

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  • The traveling team roster was announced on Thursday and there were some notable faces that didn't make the cut. Redshirt freshman Marquis Ware did not dress for the game, along with true freshmen Cody Creason, Finton Connolly, Kendal Franklin, Darick Holmes, Jordan Morgan, Cedric Peterson, and Sharif Williams, among others.

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