After two underwhelming games in the air, Arizona’s passing game is beginning to click.
The Wildcats (3-0, 0-0) threw for 158 yards – just 10 yards less than the previous two games combined – in a 38-13 win over the UTSA Roadrunners (1-2, 0-0) on Saturday.
Senior quarterback B.J. Denker established new career highs in passing yards (158) and rushing yards (90), accounting for three touchdowns. He also added his third 30-plus yard touchdown run of the season, scoring on 35-yard rush in the first quarter.
“I felt good; we threw the ball a lot more this game,” he said after the game. “Twenty-one attempts I think I saw, completed some balls down the field. Our receivers got open. It was a good day. I was happy with my performance.”
Junior running back Ka’deem Carey continued his hot stretch, rushing for 128 and two touchdowns. In his last six games, he has rushed for 1,215 yards and 14 touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Samajie Grant had 48 yards receiving on five catches, including his first career touchdown reception.
“We are out there balling,” Carey said. “B.J. (Denker) is getting quick. We are just making plays and our defense is out there stopping and playing football and getting turnovers. I’m starting to get it rolling; I’m getting the cobwebs off of me.”
The defense was not as sharp as they were in previous games, allowing 379 total yards. However, they forced two turnovers – an interception by junior safety Jourdon Grandon and a fumble recovery by senior linebacker Jake Fischer – giving them eight in three games.
“It’s very important; our defense has an eye for the ball this year,” said senior cornerback Shaquille Richardson, who tied for the team lead with eight tackles. “We have been flying around and making plays.”
Junior safety Tra’mayne Bondurant had eight tackles and three pass break-ups. Grandon had the interception, a forced fumble and six tackles before leaving the game with an injury.
UTSA quarterback Eric Soza threw for 277 yards on 30-for-46 passing. Running back David Glasco II ran for 70 yards, which included a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats now head into a bye week before opening up conference play against the Washington Huskies on Sept. 28.