It was a record-setting night for the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats (3-0) who dominated the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks (2-1) in front of their home crowd in Tucson Saturday night.
En route to a 77-13 win, the Wildcats broke school records for points and total yards and eventually sent the Lumberjacks back to Flagstaff winless once again in Tucson.
Things didn’t start off so hot though for Arizona. The first quarter was a close one, but the Wildcats managed to sneak away with a 7-6 lead before “bearing down” and going into complete domination mode in the second.
From the second quarter on, the Lumberjacks scored only seven point. The Wildcats scored 70, which included a span of 63 unanswered points. They put up 35 points in the second, 14 in the third and 21 in the fourth.
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The Lumberjacks simply didn’t stand a chance. Coach Jerome Soures said after the game that he felt bad for his team. He said his guys played hard and well at times.
Lumberjacks quarterback Case Cookus went 8 for 13 for 190 yards and one touchdown, but didn’t play in the second half.
Anu Solomon, meanwhile, completed 25 of 35 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, Solomon has thrown 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. Coach Rich Rodriguez eventually took Solomon out of the game and was able to get three other quartbacks some playing time.
Solomon’s back up, Jerrard Randall, scored twice on a 73 and 72-yard run. Third-string quarterback Brandon Dawkins picked up a 43-yard touchdown run and fourth-stringer Zach Werlinger ran the ball for an 11-yard touchdown.
Solomon ran a one-yard touchdown run, which means all four quarterbacks ran the ball into the end zone.
The Wildcats’ 77 points broke a school record for points scored, which was originally set at 74 in a 74-0 win 94 years ago over a school now known as UTEP, according to the AP.
Arizona’s 792 total yards Saturday broke the previous school record of 787, which was set against UNLV last season.
Arizona also broke the school record for rushing yards with 499, tied the mark of 11 touchdowns in a game and were one point shy of breaking the record for the most points in the second quarter (35).
For the Wildcats, all of those broken records are definitely something worth noting. They are accomplishments they can celebrate over for a day, but the reality is they did all this against a non conference school.
The real tests for this team starts next week as they wrapped up a rather easy start to the season that included wins over UTSA and Nevada.
Up next, the Wildcats welcome in the No. 10 UCLA Bruins (3-0) as they officially begin PAC-12 play.
The Lumberjacks, meanwhile, will pick up the broken pieces of this game and try to regroup as they get ready to travel to Montana to take on the University of Montana Grizzlies.