In a game that plenty of people thought would be close, Arizona had a different idea.
The Wildcats dominated both sides of the ball to defeat Nevada 44-20 Saturday night on the road.
Nevada started on its own 25 and after two runs by Don Jackson, Arizona forced an incomplete pass and punt.
The snap on the punt was bad and the Wildcats took over on Nevada’s 16. After a seven-yard run by Nick Wilson, Anu Solomon found Johnny Jackson for a nine-yard touchdown as the extra point put Arizona up 7-0 two minutes into the game.
Arizona forced a three and out and the Wildcats too over on their own 23. David Richards caught an eight-yard pass and followed with 19 more.
Nate Phillips then caught a 20-yard pass and Nevada was called for a facemark on the next play.
Samajie Grant then grabbed a five-yard reception and the Wolf Pack were called for a pass interference penalty.
On the next play, Wilson scored from three yards out and the extra point gave Arizona a 14-0 lead with 9:33 left in the first quarter.
Nevada for the ball on its own 25 and on third down, Jackson got a 15-yard reception. Tyler Stewart then hit Hassan Henderson for 26 yards and three plays later, found Evan Faunce for 18.
The Wolf Pack’s drive proceeded to stall with an illegal formation penalty and two incomplete passes.
Nevada settled for a 28-yard field goal and cut Arizona’s lead to 14-3 with over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Arizona had possession on its own 25 and started with an 11 and six-yard run by Nick Wilson. He then gained 16 more on the ground and Arizona was forced into a fourth and short.
Unfortunately, Solomon fumbled the snap and Nevada took over on downs on its own 33. The Wolfpack went three and out and the Wildcats took over on their own 16.
After an incomplete pass, Nevada was called for a 15-yard penalty and a five-yard pass to Jackson ended the first quarter.
The quarter started with two incomplete passes by Arizona and Nevada got the ball on its own 19.
Jackson ran for 13 and five before Jerico Richardson caught a four-yard pass. Jackson then combined for eight yards on the next two carries and Butler ran for four yards twice and added nine more.
After an incomplete pass, Jackson ran for 19 yards and seven on the next carry. Three plays later, Stewart hit Richardson for a five-yard touchdown and the extra point brought Nevada to within 14-10 with 9:14 left in the half.
Arizona got a 35-yard run from Wilson on its own 25. Richards then caught a 20-yard pass, but Arizona eventually turned it over on downs.
The Wildcats’ defense got a stop and forced Nevada in a three and out due to the first sack of the season by Jeff Worthy.
Two plays into the drive, Wilson caught a pass for 12 yards. He then ran for 23 more and two plays later, scored from three yards out.
The extra point put Arizona up 21-10 with 3:56 left in the first half and also put Wilson over the 100-yard mark.
Arizona forced a three and out, but Wilson fumbled on the ensuing drive and Nevada got the ball on Arizona’s 49.
Richardson caught three passes in a row, going for completions of 10, 6, and 9. However, the Wolf Pack settled for a 41-yard field goal that cut Arizona’s lead to 21-13 at the half.
Arizona got a three and out after Will Parks made a crucial stop on 4th down and got the ball on its own 42.
Wilson ran for 27 yards on first down and added six more on the next play. He then caught an 18-yard pass and Jared Baker’s first run went for six yards.
Arizona eventually had fourth and goal from a few inches out and Solomon hit Jamardre Cobb for a one-yard touchdown, but the missed extra point gave the Wildcats a 27-13 lead with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter.
Arizona forced a three and out and got the ball on its own 32. Wilson ran for 39 yards, but a sack stopped the drive and Casey Skowron missed a 45-yard field goal.
The UA got the ball back soon after and on second found, Solomon found Cayleb Jones for 41 yards.
Solomon then connected with Phillips for six yards and Phillips drew a pass interference call on fourth down.
Wilson ran for four yards before Solomon hit Jones for a nine-yard pass on third down. Wilson proceeded to score from six yards out and the extra point gave Arizona a 34-13 lead with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.
Nevada couldn’t get anything going once again and Arizona got the ball on its own 15. On first down, Solomon and Jones connected for 39 yards.
A few plays later, Solomon was sacked to end the third quarter. Wilson ran for eight yards to start the fourth and Solomon then had a quick punt on fourth down.
It only took one play for Arizona to get the ball back, as Jamar Allah picked off a pass by Stewart at the UA 44.
On first down, Jerrard Randall ran for a 57-yard touchdown and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 41-13 lead with 13:34 left.
Brian Polian got his second personal foul to start the drive, but Nevada converted on third down with an 11-yard pass to Wyatt Demps.
Henderson then had a 15-yard grab and two plays later, Stewart ran for 33. On second down he gained five more and then found Henderson for the two-yard touchdown pass. The extra point brought Nevada to 41-20 with 10:08 left.
After a holding call from its own 25, Arizona got a 32-yard run from Orlando Bradford. He then added five more on the ground before Zach Green came in and gained nine yards combined on two carries.
The Wildcats did not get much else going, but Casey Skowron made a 46-yard field goal to put Arizona up 44-20 with 3:35 left.