The Arizona Wildcats improved to 3-0 with a 38-13 win over the UTSA Roadrunners Saturday. Here’s a report card from this past weekend’s game:
Senior B.J. Denker played his best game of the season, establishing new career highs in passing yards (158) and rushing yards (90), while accounting for three touchdowns. He looked comfortable in the pocket, completing 14-of-21 throws and only getting sacked once. He has only accounted for one turnover – a fumble against UNLV – in three games.
Running Backs: B
Junior Ka’deem Carey posted his sixth-straight game with 100 or more yards, finishing with 128 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. However, he only averaged 4.7 yards per carry, his lowest mark in a game since Nov. 3, 2012 against UCLA. Senior Daniel Jenkins and sophomore Jared Baker combined for 46 yards on 11 carries.
Wide Receivers: B
It was another ho-hum game for the receivers, as they made the plays they were supposed to, but not much more than that. Freshman Samajie Grant caught a team-high five passes for 48 yards, which included his first career touchdown reception. Junior Garic Wharton led the team with 57 receiving yards. Senior Terrence Miller, sophomore Johnny Jackson and freshman Nate Phillips each had one catch.
Offensive Line: B
The line struggled a bit after an early-game injury to junior tackle Fabbians Ebbele. However, the Wildcats posted over 400 yards of total offense, including 264 yards on the ground. The offensive line allowed one sack and still hasn’t been called for a holding penalty this season.
Defensive Line: B
Seniors Tevin Hood and Sione Tuihalamaka and junior Reggie Gilbert were active again, combining for five tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble. Excluding a 42-yard run from David Glasco II, the Roadrunners were held to just 2.4 yards per carry. They finished with 102 yards on 29 attempts.
Senior Marquis Flowers played his best game of the season, recording two tackles for loss and four tackles overall. Senior Jake Fischer had four tackles and a fumble recovery and may have had his second defensive touchdown of the season if not for tripping on himself during the return. Freshman Scooby Wright had six tackles, including one for loss.
While the Wildcats did not yield a passing touchdown, the Roadrunners threw for nearly 300 yards on 47 pass attempts. Senior Shaquille Richardson tied for the team lead with eight tackles, which included one tackle for loss. Junior Jonathan McKnight and freshman Devin Holiday combined for six tackles.
Junior Jourdon Grandon finished with a career-high six solo tackles, a forced fumble and an interception – the third of his career. Junior Tra’mayne Bondurant continued his torrid stretch to start the season, recording eight tackles (one for loss) and three passes broken up. Junior Jared Tevis had five tackles and the Wildcats’ only sack.
Special Teams: B
Senior kicker Jake Smith made his only field goal attempt (23 yards) and all five of his PATs. He also sent 5-of-7 kickoffs into or out of the endzone for touchbacks. Sophomore punter Drew Riggleman averaged 45.8 yards on four punts, pinning three kicks inside the Roadrunners’ 20-yard line. Wide receivers Jackson and Phillips combined for 33 yards on three punt returns and one kickoff return.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez continues to be conservative in his play-calling, opening up the playbook a little more each game. It seems to be paying dividends as the offense (especially Denker) continues to improve. Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel looks like an evil genius the way he has turned around the Wildcats’ defense.
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