Recap: Arizona vs. Nevada
Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Anu Solomon threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns as he helped guide the Arizona Wildcats to a 35-28 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack in a non-conference battle at Arizona Stadium.
Solomon converted all but four of his 26 pass attempts on the night and was picked off once as the Wildcats (3-0) remained undefeated on the young season. Also having a huge game for the Wildcats was running back Nick Wilson who gained a game-high 171 yards and scored twice on 29 carries.
The Wolf Pack (2-1) was led by Cody Fajardo who hit 29-of-39 passing for 321 yards and three scores, although the fleet-footed quarterback was limited to only 14 net rushing yards on nine attempts.
The Pack scored the first points of the night on a 22-yard field goal by Brent Zuzo, but that was only after the team had a 19-play, 70-yard drive stall. Nevada consumed more than nine minutes off the clock en route to the score.
Arizona didn't need nearly as much time to respond as the hosts drove 86 yards in less than four minutes, culminating with a two-yard TD run by Wilson.
Zuzo struck again for the Wolf Pack in the second quarter, this time from 21 yards away, but that was followed by a pair of TDs by the Wildcats, the first coming on a 28-yard run by Wilson and the other a 35-yard strike from Solomon to Tyrell Johnson.
Trailing by double figures, the visitors closed the gap in the final seconds before halftime as Fajardo found Jarred Gipson with a seven-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 21-13 at the break.
Nevada managed to tie the game at the 6:03 mark of the third period, thanks to a six-yard TD pass from Fajardo to Hasaan Henderson and a successful two-point conversion from Don Jackson who carried the ball into the end zone.
Solomon then went to work and tossed a pair of touchdowns to Cayleb Jones in the third and fourth quarters from 22 and 24 yards, respectively, pushing Arizona back in front by 14 points.
Refusing to go away without a fight, Fajardo guided the Pack on yet another scoring drive, this one finishing with a six-yard TD to Gipson with just over six minutes remaining in regulation, but that's as close as the visitors would get.
Gipson finished the meeting with eight catches for 49 yards.
Nevada, which controlled the action for more than 21 minutes in the first half, generated 429 yards of total offense, but hurt itself with eight penalties for 74 yards.Game Notes