Arizona at Texas-San Antonio

Arizona holds off UTSA 26-23

By TIM PRICE
Associated Press
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Nick Wilson is off to a fast start for the Arizona Wildcats.

The freshman ran for 174 yards on 30 carries, and his go-ahead touchdown changed the momentum in Arizona's 26-23 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Thursday night.

Wilson gave Arizona a 20-16 lead with a 2-yard run with 26 seconds left in the first half.

''Every touchdown, every score, every point helps,'' said Wilson, who ran for 104 yards on seven carries last week in the Wildcats' season-opening victory over against UNLV. ''We definitely had momentum going into the locker room. We made a few adjustments and a few changes and we pulled the win out.''

Cayleb Jones had an 85-yard scoring reception for Arizona on the first play from scrimmage, and redshirt freshman Anu Solomon was 17 of 32 for 231 yards after throwing for 425 yards and four touchdowns against UNLV.

UTSA coach Larry Coker, who started the school's program in 2011 after his national-title stint at Miami, thought Arizona's touchdown at the end of the half changed the game.

''We had momentum, and they had that last score in the first half and got it back,'' Coker said. ''If we had gone in ahead like we were, it could have changed the outcome. It was a very key time in the football game.''

Casey Skowron made four field goals, converting from 44 and 28 yards in the third quarter to make it 26-16.

''We settled for way too many field goals and didn't execute down in the red zone,'' Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said. ''There are so many things we need to clean up and get better at. But I didn't see anyone lose their poise. We took their best shot.''

The Roadrunners, coming off a 20-point victory in their opener at Houston, pulled within three on David Glasco II's 3-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Arizona intercepted two of Tucker Carter's passes in the final 1 1/2 minutes to seal the game, though the final pick off was nullified by a penalty.

The Wildcats had 452 yards of offense after setting a school record with 787 yards against UNLV

It looked as if it would be another blowout shortly after the opening kickoff. On the next play, Solomon flared a conservative sideline pass at Jones close to Arizona's 30. Jones eluded a tackle and scored on the 85-yarder 18 seconds into the game.

Jones was back in his home state after sitting out last season following his transfer from Texas. In Austin, he received a two-year probated sentence for misdemeanor assault for punching a Longhorns tennis player in 2013.

Jones caught four passes for 143 yards. He caught two passes in 10 games for Texas.

Arizona scored on the next possession as well after holding UTSA to three plays and a punt. The Wildcats got inside the 20 before Solomon was sacked by defensive tackle Ferrington Macon, which brought out Skowron for a 38-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the game.

UTSA responded by going 85 yards for a touchdowns, using 11 plays and 5 minutes off the clock just before the end of the first quarter. Carter, who ran twice during the drive for 28 yards, got the Roadrunners on the board with a 10-yard scoring completion to tight end David Morgan II.

Carter finished with 228 yards and a TD on 22-of-33 passing.

After giving up Skowron's 23-yard field goal, the Roadrunners took a 14-13 lead on Kam Jones' 18-yard run.

It went to 16-13 with 4:43 before halftime when the spread-offense deep snap was high to Solomon, who scooped up the loose ball in his own end zone and was chased out of the end zone for a safety.

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Scoring Summary
ARIZCayleb Jones 85 yd pass from Anu Solomon (Casey Skowron kick)
ARIZCasey Skowron 38 yd FG
TXSADavid Morgan II 10 yd pass from Tucker Carter (Sean Ianno kick)
ARIZCasey Skowron 23 yd FG
TXSAKam Jones 18 yd run (Sean Ianno kick)
TXSA Team safety
ARIZNick Wilson 2 yd run (Casey Skowron kick)
ARIZCasey Skowron 44 yd FG
ARIZCasey Skowron 28 yd FG
TXSADavid Glasco II 3 yd run (Sean Ianno kick)
 
Team Stats
 ARIZTXSA
First Downs2223
Third Down Efficiency4-153-12
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards76-45472-349
Rushes-Yds44-22339-121
Passing Yds231228
Kick Return Yds15102
Punt Return Yds1842
Passes17-32-022-33-1
Punts5-1977-260
Fumbles-Lost0-01-0
Penalties-Yds8-736-53
Time of Poss.26:5633:4
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ARIZ: Nick Wilson 30-174, Jared Baker 4-32, Anu Solomon 8-11, Nate Phillips 1-8, Team 1--2
TXSA: David Glasco II 12-35, Jarveon Williams 7-34, Tucker Carter 9-15, Brandon Armstrong 3-15, Kam Jones 3-10, Austin Robinson 2-8, Kenny Harrison 1-6, Team 2--2
PASSING
ARIZ: Anu Solomon 17-32-231-0
TXSA: Tucker Carter 22-33-228-1
RECEIVING
ARIZ: Samajie Grant 6-54, Cayleb Jones 4-143, David Richards 2-13, Austin Hill 2-9, Nate Phillips 2-6, Trey Griffey 1-6
TXSA: David Morgan II 5-76, Brandon Armstrong 4-22, Kam Jones 3-33, Aaron Grubb 2-38, Kenny Harrison 2-15, Brandon Freeman 2-10, Jarveon Williams 2-7, Cole Hubble 1-22, Marcellus Mack 1-5
 
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Arizona1st Pac-12 South7-210-4
Texas-San Antonio4th Conference USA West3-54-8

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