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A closer look at Arizona's 44-20 victory over Nevada

Arizona went on the road and beat Nevada 44-20. Read on to find out more about the game, including how Anu Solomon did, how many yards Nick Wilson ran for, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats traveled to Reno for the first road game of the season and came away with a 44-20 win over Nevada. Here's a look at what happened:

  • Arizona opened the game firing on all cylinders on offense and Anu Solomon was a big part of it. The redshirt sophomore's first pass went nine yards for a touchdown. On the second drive of the day, Solomon went five for five, amassing 54 yards. Things slowed down for the offense after that, but the signal caller finished with 264 yards on 24 completions, two going for touchdowns.

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  • Johnny Jackson caught the first touchdown pass of the game and it looked like he was in line for another big game, but that wasn't the case. The Nevada defense clamped down on the receiver and held him to just two catches for 14 yards. The rest of the receiving corps was solid to make up for it, as ten players caught passes on the night, including Cayleb Jones, who had six catches for 103 yards.

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  • Nick Wilson dominated Nevada last season on the ground and did so again in this one. Wilson racked up two touchdowns and 101 yards in the first half alone. He finished the game with 194 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns. Wilson was also credited with a fumble on the day, but it came late in the first half on a questionable ruling when it seemed that he was down well before the ball popped free.

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  • Injuries had already plagued the Wildcats coming into the game and things didn't get better for Arizona. Scooby Wright's backup, Haden Gregory, started the game for the Wildcats at middle linebacker. Midway through the first quarter, Gregory left the game with a knee injury and did not return. The next guy up for the Wildcats was Tre Tyler, who was also banged up in the game, though he returned shortly after leaving.

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  • Arizona picked up its first sack of the season late in the second quarter. With Nevada pinned deep in its own territory, Jeff Worthy blew into the backfield and pulled down Tyler Stewart just outside of the end zone. The Wildcats thought that it could have been a safety, but forward progress was ruled at the one-foot line and the Wolf Pack was forced to punt.

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  • After switching from defense to offense just a few weeks ago, redshirt freshman Jamardre Cobb caught his first collegiate touchdown on a play action pass on fourth down in the middle of the third quarter. It was only a one-yard catch, but put the Wildcats up 27-13.

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  • The placekicking game for Arizona did not go very well on the evening overall. Casey Skowron missed a 45-yard field goal before nailing a 46-yarder later in the game. He also missed an extra point, but did connect on five others.

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  • Orlando Bradford made his collegiate debut for the Wildcats as well, breaking off a huge 33-yard run on his first carry. The freshman did not find the end zone, but was able to pick up 47 yards on five carries, showing a bright future in an Arizona uniform.

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  • Anu Solomon was knocked out of the game in the third quarter and redshirt senior Jerrard Randall filled in for him for a single play before the starter returned. It wasn't the end of the night for Randall, as he returned to the game for the entirety of the fourth quarter, completing his only pass for five yards. In addition, the quarterback did all his damage on the ground, breaking off a 57 yard run for a touchdown shortly after entering the game.

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