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What did we take away from Arizona's win over Nevada?

Arizona defeated Nevada on Saturday night. Read on for our thoughts on the win.

* One week after the offensive line had an average game, it was completely dominant on Saturday. Nevada has a better defensive line than it showed against Arizona, but the Wildcats just completely manhandled it. Nick Wilson has holes that a truck could drive through and it carried on with Orlando Bradford later in the game as well. If the offensive line has consistency, it will be extremely difficult to beat Arizona.

* Speaking of Wilson, what a nice bounce back game. Again, the offensive line deserves a ton of credit, but Wilson still needs to recognize those holes and he did just that. Nevada isn't a bad defensive line and Wilson would have run for 250 yards if he played the entire game. His fumble is easy to overlook because he was already down and Wilson will look to maintain momentum going into next week.

* I thought Anu Solomon played a very good game. He had his mistakes, but no quarterback is perfect. If I would have told you he would have finished 24-33 for 264 yards and two touchdowns on the road, you're taking that. He made good decisions for the majority of the night and showed some touch on a deep ball or two to Cayleb Jones.

* Nevada had no answer for Arizona on offense. Jones was way bigger than any defensive back, which is a big reason why he caught six balls for 103 yards. With Nevada focusong on the run, the smaller receivers were able to pick Nevada apart underneath and ten different players caught a pass. As good as Jones is, being able to spread the ball around is going to make the offense even more dangerous. 

* One week after the defense played poorly, it was dominant on Saturday. The run defense played as well as you could expect while basically playing its fourth string middle linebacker. The Wolf Pack averaged four yards per carry and the long was a scramble by Tyler Stewart when the game was already out of reach. Arizona did a great job of taking the big play away from Nevada, which was one of the only ways they were going to win. 

* I thought Will Parks was the best player on defense. He was huge on the blitz, including the big play he had off the edge on fourth down. Arizona is looking for a guy that will make plays with Tra'Mayne Bondurant gone and it has gotten a nice effort from Parks and the defense as a whole.

* Jamar Allah continues to be effective. He finally was able to get an interception after coming up close more than a few times. He also isn't making many mistakes in coverage and has emerged as a vocal leader of the defense. When we asked the defensive backs about which player they look up to, nearly everyone mentioned Allah and it is easy to see why.

* Tre Tyler deserves a ton of credit. We mentioned how we had heard he was ahead of Antonio Smothers and when Gregory went down, he came in and did a nice job. Tyler finished with four tackles and did not make many mistakes. He will likely be counted on again next week and depending on Gregory's injury, he could wind up being the starter.

* I said this after the UTSA game, but we were going to find out more about Arizona from Nevada than the Roadrunners. The first game never tells us a lot about any team because they are working on things and getting jitters out. We still don't know how good Nevada truly is, but we know that Arizona was able to go on the road and dominate the line of scrimmage. 


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