A closer look at Arizona's 47-28 win over Hawaii

Arizona finished the non-conference slate with a 47-28 win over Hawaii. Read on to find out more about the victory.

Arizona got its second win of the season in a 47-28 victory over Hawaii. Here is a closer look at what happened:

* It was the second start of Brandon Dawkins' young career and it looked like he shook off the poor performance from last week as he dominated the Rainbow Warriors. The sophomore completed 16 of 21 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Dawkins also used his legs to his advantage, scampering for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.  

Dawkins had all three of his rushing touchdowns in the first half against Hawaii. It was the first time an Arizona quarterback had completed that feat since B.J. Denker did it against California in 2013. 

* Arizona was short on running back depth with the dismissal of Orlando Bradford, but things got even tighter early in the game when Nick Wilson left the game with a leg injury after picking up three yards on just two carries. He was replaced by true freshman J.J. Taylor. The true freshman shined in his time on the field, rushing for 161 yards on 18 carries. Taylor was able to score the first touchdown of his career when he busted out a 61-yard rush in the third quarter, blowing by multiple defenders. 

* Dawkins and Taylor both combined for 539 yards of total offense. Arizona only got 43 yards from players other than those two in the win.

* Late in the first half, Dawkins found Shun Brown with a perfect across-the-body dart for a 61-yard touchdown. It was Brown's first touchdown of his career. The sophomore also had the best game of his career so far, hauling in five catches for 92 yards with just the single touchdown. 

Nate Phillips returned from his shoulder injury to catch three passes for 35 yards in the win. Samajie Grant was the only other receiver with multiple receptions as he caught two for 17 yards. Six other players also caught a single pass from Dawkins, including true freshman DeVaughn Cooper, whose first career reception went for 15 yards.

* Arizona's defense continued to show improvement in the third game of the season. The Wildcats held Hawaii to just a single touchdown in the first half while pulling away. Hawaii gained just 182 yards in the first half, but 429 for the game. The poor showing in the second half was due to multiple players being sidelined with injuries and a few bad plays as well.

* The Wildcats also improved the turnover margin tally for the season by forcing two turnovers. Early in the game true freshman Tristan Cooper, making the first start of his career, tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage allowing Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles to intercept his second pass in as many games.   

On the final defensive drive of the game, defensive end Calvin Allen knocked the ball free from Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown. It was recovered by Brandon Rutt and allowed Arizona to take a knee and run out the clock. 

* Cooper led Arizona with eight tackles, all of the solo variety. Michael Barton and Paul Magloire also both had eight tackles on the evening, but only had five and six solo tackles respectively. DeAndre Miller added the only sack for the defense. 

* With the win, Arizona has now won 600 games over the life of the program. The Wildcats first win in program history came in 1899 against the Tucson Indians. 


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