SAN DIEGO, CA – Opening the 2022 season at the newly built Snapdragon Stadium, Arizona Football (1-0) dominated in their 38-20 win.
What a difference a year makes, especially if you are Arizona Football! Opening their season against a formidable opponent in San Diego State on the road, the Wildcats were looking to distance themselves from a 1-11 season and a 38-14 loss to the Aztecs the year prior.
Fighting some unseasonably hot weather from the start, the Wildcats were built for this and were more than ready as they took on the Aztecs inside the newly built Snapdragon Stadium.
Bringing the energy from the kick-off, the Wildcats brought the pressure on former Arizona commit Braxton Burmeister and the Aztecs, making their day difficult.
Holding the Aztecs to a quick three-and-out to open the game, Arizona would strike first in this one, driving 66 yards on 16 plays before converting on a field goal to make it 3-0 on the ensuing drive.
Arizona would respond again minutes later as they drove 40 yards on seven plays to make it 10-0 after Jayden de Laura connected with Jacob Cowing for a 17-yard touchdown (his first of three on the day).
San Diego State would finally get on the board on the ensuing drive, completing an 11-play, 48-yard drive that ended in a field goal to cut Arizona’s lead to 10-3.
The Wildcats responded with another long drive, this time moving the ball 75 yards on eight plays ending in a touchdown from Jayden de Laura to Tetairoa McMillan (T-MAC) to make it 17-3.
Arizona would get the ball again a few series later, but a fumble deep in their own territory set up a touchdown by the Aztecs to cut Arizona’s lead to 17-10.
An interception by de Laura would give the Aztecs yet another opportunity but luckily two plays later, the Wildcats would get the ball back after an errant throw Burmeister.
Setting up Arizona again, the Wildcats would drive 54-yards on six plays ending with a four-yard touchdown to Cowing (his second of the game) to make it 24-10 for Arizona.
Keeping their foot on the gas in the second half, Arizona Football would cruise to the eventual, 38-20 win over San Diego State.
Already leading 24-10, the Wildcats would open the second half with a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive after de Laura connected with Cowing again, this time on a 25-yard pass into the end zone to make it 31-10 Cats.
A few series later, the Wildcats would run into some trouble after an errant punt by the Wildcats would be blocked and picked up by the Aztecs in the end zone to make it 31-17.
In their next series, San Diego State would score again, this time ending an eight-play, 37-yard drive with a field goal to make it 31-20.
Arizona would put this one away for good when they responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive on the ensuing series that ended in another touchdown, this time on a 10-yard run from DJ Williams.
Arizona would go on to win this by a 38-20 final, improving to 1-0 on the season, and snapping an 11-game road skid. The Wildcats will return to action next Saturday when they take on Mississippi State (1-0) inside Arizona Stadium.
Here’s a recap of the Wildcats’ win over the Aztecs!