A closer look at Arizona's 45-42 loss to Washington State

Arizona fell at home to Washington State 45-42 on Saturday. Read on to find out more about the game, including why there may be a quarterback controversy, how Wazzu's quarterback did, and more.

Arizona lost at home to Washington State on Saturday afternoon 45-42. Here's a closer look at what happened:

  • For the second game in a row Anu Solomon started the game, but did not finish it. The sophomore struggled once again, completing just 12 of his 20 passes before coming out of the game. Solomon did however rush three times for 24 yards.

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  • With Solomon out, Jerrard Randall took the reins of the offense and nearly led the Wildcats to a comeback victory. The senior quarterback sparked the offense with ten rushes for 105 yards rushing in the second half. He also completed 11 of 16 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

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  • Outside of Randall, the Arizona running game also struggled to get going. Nick Wilson was bottled up for the majority of the game, rushing six times for eight yards. Jared Baker was never able to get going and gathered just 22 yards on 11 carries, but did manage to get into the end zone three times. Without Randall's rushing numbers, Arizona's backs combined for just 17 carries for 30 yards.

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  • Washington State's signal caller Luke Falk had a career day for an opposing quarterback in Arizona Stadium, completing 47 of his 62 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns. He completed passes to ten different receivers in the game, including Gabe Marks, who had a Washington State school record four touchdown catches in the game.

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  • Midway through the second quarter, Nate Phillips took a punt from Washington State and returned it 69-yards, zig-zagging through defenders for a touchdown. It was Arizona's first punt returned for a touchdown of the season and the first since last season. The last one also game against Washington State in 2014 when Davonte' Neal took one to the house.

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  • One of Arizona's lone bright spots in the game was wide receiver Cayleb Jones. The junior caught eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. With the quarterback controversy afoot, Jones got in on the action as well. He took the ball from Randall on a reverse play, but pulled up and fired the ball downfield to Trey Griffey for a 25-yard gain and a first down.


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