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Final: No. 22 Arizona 42, UTSA 32

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Arizona’s Johnny Jackson dives into the end zone for a touchdown tackled by number 2 of UTSA on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

In their return to Arizona Stadium, the Arizona Wildcats defeated UTSA 42-32 in front of a crowd of 51,111.

But the biggest story of the game was go-to-everything preseason All-American linebacker Scooby Wright III, who was out on the sideline dealing with a reported knee injury from the first quarter on. The former Pac-12 conference defensive player of the year was later shown on Pac-12 Networks walking with a crutch and no longer wearing his uniform. He did not play the remainder of the game.

Wright was not the only one dealing with the injury bug. Sophomore cornerback Cam Denson left to the locker room with trainers in the second quarter. According to reports, the Wildcats were also without receiver Samajie Grant, linebacker Tellas Jones and defensive tackle Anthony Fotu due to suspension. 

The Wildcats started the game quickly. On just the second play of the game, UA redshirt senior safety Anthony Lopez intercepted UTSA quarterback Blake Bogenschutz for a 23-yard touchdown return. In the third quarter, free safety Jamar Allah recovered a fumble caused by linebacker Will Parks for a 22-yard touchdown return.

The play of the game on special teams came from receiver turned cornerback DaVonte’ Neal, who blocked a UTSA field goal. Neal also totaled 11 tackles.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon was 21-35 throwing for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore running back Nick Wilson ran for 97 yards on 22 attempts, and coughed up a fumble. Receiver Johnny Jackson led the Wildcats on the receiving end with his first career 100-yard receiving game. Jackson had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. In total, all four of Solomon’s touchdowns went to different receivers.


Game notes:

First Quarter

  • With 14:25 remaining in the first quarter, Anthony Lopez had a 23-yard interception which he ran back for a touchdown
  • With 2:07 remaining remaining in the first quarter, Solomon throws a 6-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Richards

Second Quarter

  • With 10:09 remaining in the second quarter, UTSA quarterback Bogenschutz throws a 2-yard touchdown pass to David Morgan II 
  • With 9:05 remaining in the second quarter, Solomon throws 21-yard touchdown pass to receiver Johnny Jackson
  • With 0:39 remaining in the second quarter, UTSA QB Bogenschutz rushes for a two-yard touchdown

Third Quarter

  • With 7:14 remaining in the third quarter, Solomon threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to receiver Nate Phillips
  • With 5:57 remaining in the third quarter, safety Jamar Allah recovered a fumble caused by Will Parks, returned the fumble for 22-yard touchdown
  • With 2:36 remaining in the third quarter, UTSA QB Bogenschutz threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Aron Taylor

Fourth Quarter

  • With 13:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, CB DaVonte’ Neal blocked UTSA kicker Daniel Portillo, RB Jonathan Hayden recovers the fumble
  • With 11:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, Solomon throws a 6-yard touchdown pass to Cayleb Jones
  • With 7:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, tailback Jalen Rhodes rushes for a 16-yard touchdown

Check back for a full game recap and commentary.


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