Arizona holds off UTSA 26-23Posted: Updated:
Nick Wilson ran for 174 yards on 30 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown in Arizona's 26-23 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Thursday night.
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 last week in the Wildcats' opening victory over UNLV.
Wilson's 2-yard touchdown run gave Arizona a 20-16 lead with 26 seconds left in the first half. Casey Skowron made four field goals, converting from 44 and 28 yards in the third quarter to make it 26-16.
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.
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. Tucker 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.
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.
Carter was 22 of 33 for 228 yards.
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