PULLMAN, WA – Despite falling behind early, Arizona Football (4-3, 2-2) rallied, dominating No. 19 Washington State (4-2, 1-2) by a 44-6 final.
Arizona Football trailed early, but luckily that didn’t phase the Wildcats as Arizona responded in a big way, scoring 44 unanswered points en route to their dominating win over the hosting Cougars.
Holding Wazzu’s high-potent offense to just 234 yards (192 yard passing) and a season low six points, the Wildcats dominated the Cougars in every facet of the game, winning 44-6.
Despite Washington State scoring on its first drive of the game, Arizona stayed aggressive as the offense got off to a quick start and continued to maintain its rhythm.
Led behind a balanced offensive attack, Noah Fifita got the start again where he would finish the game with an impressive 342 yards passing on 34-43 passing (79 percent), as the redshirt freshman was stellar once again.
Behind him, the Wildcats rushed for 174 total yards with Rayshon “Speedy” Luke and Jonah Coleman rushing for 71 and 70 yards and four touchdowns on a combined 21 carries respectively.
And luckily for us, Arizona would get things going early in this one too! Despite falling behind 6-0, the Wildcats’ first possession would result in a four-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a one yard rush from Coleman to put the Wildcats up 7-6.
After holding Wazzu to a turnover on downs, Arizona responded in kind again, this time marching 13 yards on five plays that ended in a 37-yard field goal from Tyler Loop to make it 10-6.
Earning its first interception on the season on the ensuing drive, Arizona would respond again, this time driving 85 yards on nine plays that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown run from Luke (the first touchdown of his career).
But the Wildcats weren’t done! Holding Wazzu’s powerful offense to three straight punts, Arizona would capitalize one more time before halftime, this time driving 38 yards on 11 plays that ended in another Loop field goal. This time connecting from 40 yards out to make it 20-6.
Leading comfortably at the break, Arizona Football would continue to find its rhythm as they paced themselves to the dominant win over Wazzu.
Getting the ball to start the half, the Wildcats’ offense would find a bit of a rhythm again, driving 71 yards on 10 plays before settling for a field goal to make it 23-6, Arizona.
Forcing its second interception of the game, Arizona would set up the offense again! This time responding with a momentum killing, 16-play, 60-yard drive that lasted over seven minutes and ended with a one-yard touchdown run from Coleman to make it 30-6!
The Rout was on!
Luckily for us, the Wildcats wouldn’t stop there. Using a dominating defensive effort, the offense would continue to pour it on, scoring back-to-back touchdowns, with DJ Williams scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run, followed by a 23-yard touchdown run from Coleman (his third of the game) to make it 44-6.
Arizona would roll to the convincing and dominant win!
With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 4-3 (2-2) on the year and will turn its focus to its bye week before returning to action against a Top 25 team in Oregon State in Tucson in two weeks.