Rebounding following their loss to Cal, Arizona Football (3-2, 1-1) was able to pick up their first Pac-12 win of the season against Colorado.
We are now into week six of the Arizona Football season, and despite the Wildcats being thumped by Cal the week before to open Pac-12 play, the Wildcats responded in a big way with a dominant win over Colorado.
Returning to action to resume Pac-12 Conference play, Arizona was hopeful entering this one, especially as the Buffaloes had been reeling, losing their first games by a combined score of 173-47.
Luckily for us, it was the Wildcats’ day as Arizona outgained the Buffaloes 673 yards to 340 which included 495 yards passing. Arizona’s six passing touchdowns would help pace the Wildcats in this one as they went on to win by a 43-20 final.
So with Arizona Football now improving to 3-2 (1-1) on the season, we look at the major takeaways following the Wildcats’ win over Colorado.
Arizona’s Defensive Front/Rush Defense Still Needs A LOT of work!
While this week was an improvement from the Cats’ previous three weeks, Arizona still struggled a bit in this one as the team surrendered 340 yards total, including 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.
Granted, Colorado is not to the level of the competition that the Wildcats have faced and the result was a bit better, unfortunately, the competition stiffens immensely over the next several weeks,
Arizona has to continue to work on its tackling as well as gap integrity, otherwise, it is going to be a LOOOOONG stretch for this team!
When Jayden de Laura gets rolling, he is hard to stop
As we have seen at times this year, Jayden has plenty of good moments, as well as the occasional head-scratcher. On Saturday against Colorado, they are no complaints here!
Jayden was unstoppable against the Buffaloes, completing 33-46 passes for 495 yards and a school-best, six passing touchdowns. Even better, is that de Laura didn’t turn the ball over once, as he also rushed for 28 yards on five carries.
This offense is as good as de Laura will allow them to be, and when he gets rolling, he is hard to stop!
Arizona may have one of the best Receiving Trios in College Football
Jedd Fisch and the Wildcats have done a tremendous job in revamping and rebuilding this offense, and while Jayden had a huge game last night, a lot of credit needs to be given to Arizona’s receiving corps.
Last night, Arizona nearly had three players total over 100 receiving yards each, and between Jacob Cowing, Dorian Singer, and Tetairoa McMillan, the three combined for 433 yards, 26 receptions, and three touchdowns.
That sort of production is elite and is unmatched by many, which leads me to believe that the Wildcats have one of the best-receiving trios in the country!
Slow and Steady Progress
This time last year, Arizona was 0-4 and was coming off of a loss to Oregon in Eugene. The team eventually went on to a 1-11 finish, with their sole win coming against a Covid-depleted Cal team.
And while the Wildcats are far from perfect, Arizona is significantly improved from last year, and you can see the progress with this team. Look no further than their current, 3-2 record!
However, as the Wildcats’ competition stiffens over the next six weeks, Arizona fans will need to remain patient as we are just in year two of what should be a lengthy rebuild.