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A closer look at Arizona's 44-7 victory over Oregon State

Arizona got back in the win column with a 44-7 win over Oregon State on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at how Anu Solomon performed, how well the rushing attack did, and more.

Arizona was able to defeat Oregon State 44-7 on Saturday. Here is a closer look at what happened:

  •  Anu Solomon missed last week with a concussion, but returned to almost top form against the Beavers. The redshirt sophomore finished the game with 276 yards on 17 completions. He did not keep the ball for any rushes and did not throw a touchdown. Solomon looked shaky at times, but was able to limit the mistakes and avoid contact for a majority of the day.

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  • Arizona's rushing attack was at its best on Saturday as the team rushed for a combined 368 yards and five touchdowns. Coming into the game, Oregon State was limiting teams to just 178 yards on the ground and 331 total. Nick Wilson was limited with an injury during the game, but still managed to score twice, while racking up 78 yards on 12 carries.

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  • The Wildcats' backup running back Jared Baker did slightly better, carrying the ball 10 times for 123 yards, but did not score. Hitting triple digits makes Baker the ninth 100-yard rusher under Rich Rodriguez in four years at Arizona. 

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  • True Freshman Orlando Bradford also got in on the action for Arizona, matching Nick Wilson's true freshman record with three touchdowns on the ground. Bradford got 19 carries for 83 yards on the day, with a solid performance to show off what should be a promising future. 

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  • Layth Friekh got his second collegiate start on Saturday, starting at left tackle. He replaced Freddie Tagaloa, who started at left guard against Oregon State. The odd man out in the scenario was Zach Hemmila, who played as a back-up.

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  • Big plays helped the Wildcats jump to an early lead. David Richards caught a deep ball five plays into the game with a defender draped all over him for a 50-yard gain, setting up a touchdown. A few drives later, Baker rushed for 73 yards, setting up a field goal. In the second quarter, Johnny Jackson caught a 70-yard pass, which allowed Wilson to score on the next play.

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  • Junior College transfer Paul Magloire got his first start of the season and it was at linebacker. Taking over after several other injuries at the position Magloire played well, racking up nine tackles, including two for losses.

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  • Another junior college player had a big play in the game as well. Anthony Fotu's only statistic of the game came in the second quarter, when he jumped up and batted a screen pass to himself, intercepting it and diving towards the end zone. He came up short, but Arizona was able to score on the next play.

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  • Already trailing 37-7, Oregon State tried to get some momentum going with a fake punt on fourth and one midway through the third quarter. Brent Vanderveen took the snap and had a wide open Kendall Hill, but overthrew him, turning the ball over on downs.

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  • With the win, Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez has now won 150 games in his career. His overall record is 150-100-2 in 21-plus seasons and 30-16 in charge of the Wildcats.

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