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A closer look at Arizona's 77-13 victory over Northern Arizona

Arizona closed the non-conference schedule with a 77-13 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.

Arizona will head into conference play with a 3-0 record following a 77-13 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday night. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • Arizona broke several school records during the game against the Lumberjacks, including one for most points in a game. The Wildcats' 77 points was the most in a single game in program history with the previous mark being 74 against UTEP in 1921.

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  • The Wildcats rushed for an insane 499 yards on the ground, besting the 1988 team's 492 yards against Eastern Michigan. This year's team also did it with just 41 attempts, whereas the previous record was set with 63 attempts.

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  • Arizona's record breaking performance on the ground also helped topple another record. The Wildcats gained 792 yards of total offense throughout the night. Last season, Arizona set a record of 787 yards of total offense against UNLV.

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  • Sophomore Anu Solomon played his best game of the season, completing 25 of 35 passes for 285 yards in the blowout. Solomon was allowed to take the rest of the night off after leading a scoring drive early in the third quarter that put the Wildcats up 49-13. The signal caller threw four touchdowns on the night, bringing his total to ten on the season with no interceptions.

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  • Nick Wilson was a dominant force when he was in the game. The sophomore carried the ball 19 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson averaged 7.5 yards per carry and continued to show why he is one of the best backs in the country.

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  • David Richards got in on the action early for Arizona and helped the Wildcats jump out to an early lead. The senior had the best game of his career, with a career high in catches (8), receiving yards (120), and touchdowns in a single game (2). Richards may have had even higher stats, but he saw limited minutes in the second half.

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  • Backup quarterbacks Jerrard Randall, Brandon Dawkins, and Zach Werlinger all saw action in the game. In addition to Solomon, all four quarterbacks scored rushing touchdowns as well. Randall had two huge breakaway runs for scores, ending the game as the leading rusher with 149 yards on three carries. Dawkins had a 43 yard score and Werlinger got into the end zone from 11 yards out.

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  • Arizona's defense also played well in the game. Despite starting slow, the Wildcats forced three turnovers, all interceptions. Davonte' Neal and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles both notched their first career interceptions, while Cam Denson grabbed the third of his career.

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  • The run defense for the Wildcats also stepped up its game against Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks finished with just 75 yards on 43 carries. NAU's longest run of the night was a 17-yarder by Case Cookus. That leaves 42 carries for 58 yards and an average of 1.38 yards per rush.

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