A closer look at Arizona's 38-31 victory over Colorado

Arizona went on the road and beat Colorado 38-31 on Saturday night. Read on to find out more about the game.

Arizona came away from Colorado with a 38-31 victory. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • Arizona opened the game with guns blazing. Anu Solomon came out throwing deep and found success, completing 22 of 37 passes for 283 yards. The sophomore also threw for two touchdowns in the game. After the first three drives, Arizona's offense stalled for a majority of the game, forcing Solomon to be pulled late in the third quarter. Even though Solomon was ineffective for a majority of the game, he has yet to throw an interception this season.

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  • With Solomon out of the game, Jerrard Randall got the keys to the offense and helped the Wildcats crawl out of a seven-point defecit late in the game. Randall orchestrated a 97-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 24 and nearly orchestrated a 94-yard drive after, but was knocked out of the game for a play. The Wildcats scored while he was out, but the senior returned the next time Arizona got the ball and led another scoring drive down the field that helped extend the lead for good.

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  • Solomon really spread the ball around when he was in the game. Eight receivers caught passes, including Trey Griffey, who saw action for the first time all season. Nate Phillips led the way with six catches for 106 yards, but did not score a touchdown. Tight end Josh Kern had the first touchdown catch of his career just minutes into the game as well.

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  • The Wildcat offense exploded at times against Colorado. Arizona had five plays that went longer than 30 yards. Four came in the first half when the Wildcats were rolling, but the final play was a 45-yard rush from Jared Baker that tied the ball game at 24 and shifted all momentum towards the visiting team.

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  • Baker had quite the game, getting the majority of carries with Nick Wilson and Orlando Bradford both sidelined for the night. The senior carried the ball 23 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Baker also caught three passes out of the backfield, including a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter on a wheel route.

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  • With Davonte' Neal out again this week, Samajie Grant was put into the punt return slot. Late in the second quarter, Grant was unable to get in position to make a catch and the punt nailed Trey Griffey in the shoulder pads, bouncing right into the hands of an opposing player. The turnover allowed Colorado to score a touchdown and tie the game at 17 before halftime.

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  • When Colorado was on a roll, Sefo Liufau was finding Shay Fields regularly. Fields finished with eight catches for 168 yards, but had five of those grabs for 129 yards in the first quarter while the Buffs were picking on true freshman Jace Whittaker, who made his first career start at cornerback in the game. Fields had just three catches the remainder of the game, though one was a 30-yard touchdown catch late in the game.

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